After finishing my second cappuccino of the morning whilst sitting outside Manhattan’s iconic Lincoln Center, you can imagine my shock when learning that surfers are no longer young, nubile, teenaged boys and girls but rather grizzled straight, white men, by and large. Derek Rielly pulling the wool from our eyes, sharing the research from Australia’s Dr. Sims, writing:
Craig Sims, who is a former South African pro surfer turned magazine publisher and university academic (he has a PHD in Media Studies from Bond), says the peak participation age for men is 45-to-49 (I added the bit about CIS and white in the headline…clickbait etc… you understand) and 35-to-44 for gals.
“This clear and present aging trend forces us to accept an important and far-reaching statement: Surfing is no longer a youth sport inextricably tied to youth culture. Failing to accept this statement will result in surf brands missing out on forging a meaningful connection with a significant and growing segment of their market.”
Oh. I guess I added “straight white male” for the same reason, but that is mostly what I see around my home San Diego breaks. But have these elderly gents, public enemy number one, received a bum rap? For the New York Post is reporting that an abandoned baby seal is turning to them for motherly love.
A seal pup paid a surprise visit to a number of surfers at a California beach over the weekend as it jumped from board to board and floated on the waves with them.
The baby seal made its appearance in the waters off Tourmaline Beach just North of San Diego on Saturday to the delight of the surfers there.
Drone footage captured the pup clambering out of the water onto the ends of the surfers’ boards where it rested and sunned itself on its side.
The joy of the surfers was apparent on their shocked and smiling faces, but all appeared to keep their distance and give the seal its space.
Some of the bros called Sea World who came an investigated but concluded that the li’l fella was healthy and happy and doing ok on its own.
Calling Sea World on a baby seal seems extremely cruel, to be honest.
In any case, I think I’ve shared before, but was once working at a summer camp in Canada, manning the bottom of a zipline. It ran from a tree on a cliff into the sound and I stood at the bottom in a Zodiac, retrieving campers after splashdown. Once day, a baby seal all white fury and cute, hollered down to me from a rock wall. The tides were extreme and its mother had left it all alone and very high. I scaled up, grabbed it and jumped into the sea. The darling thing stuck around all day, swimming around my dinghy, hopping aboard, sleeping at my feet. I brought it back to the main camp at the end of the day and the director told me they couldn’t feed it and instructed to leave it in the water.
As I had nowhere to hide it, I took the baby to a nice send off spot and stayed until the sunset.
The next morning the sweet baby was dead.
I curse that camp director to this day.