Bodysurfing

Bodysurfing can be very dangerous, but it is free and a great way to have fun while you learn the mechanics of catching waves.  In no time, anyone can learn this sport and soon be paddling for the perfect wave that sends them rocketing back to shore.  Surfing is about gaining the ability to stay afloat on the waves and this comes down to basic physics.  Newton’s laws of motion, describe the movement of matter, and understanding how they work will help you to stay afloat.  Newton’s first law states that objects in motion, tend to stay in motion, while objects at rest, tend to stay at rest, so the waves will stay in motion and your body will be carried along with them, until they reach the shore and then they will rest.  You will have to paddle to catch a wave, but once you catch it you can use the momentum of the wave to carry you along with it, thus the concepts and laws of classical physics is basically in an explicate order.

I long to become one with the ocean and my unrequited love for the waves makes me feel like I belong there.  When I first get to the beach, I usually start playing tag with the incoming waves, trying not to let the water touch anything but my feet, as I run away from the incoming waves.  I don’t want to swim and risk hypothermia if the water has just had an arctic dusting, so getting my feet wet is the first thing that I do.  Catching a wave puts you in a zone where you become blind to almost everything else that is going on around you.  The biggest drawback to bodysurfing is having to worry about losing your bottoms while you are at the mercy of the ocean.  Waves can be very powerful and they have a way of knocking you over and you may struggled to keep your balance, but the most dreaded experience is the moment when you realize that the ocean waves have knocked your swimsuit off.  I try to stay resolute about hanging on to my suit, as this is the best way of cutting down on idle chatter when I finally emerge from the waves.  The last thing that I want to be part of is a naked beach extravaganza.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Explicate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Tag, for the Daily Spur prompt – Blind, for FOWC with Fandango – Resolute, for July Monthly Writing Prompts – An arctic dusting, for Ragtag Community – Extravaganza, for GC and Susan’s Weekly Word Prompt – Idle Chatter and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Unrequited.

13 thoughts on “Bodysurfing

  1. Lake MI waves get big enough to body surf. I think if you’re actively doing it way more than 200 calories an hour are burned. It’s a blast! And I’ve had my bikini top repositioned before (this was many moons ago now) but never lost it.

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    1. I have never tried it in a lake before, but I agree it is a blast. The water does end up pulling my suit down and at the end of the ride I have to reposition my hands so they can hold on to it, but when you have a top and a bottom to worry about, it must be twice as difficult.

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      1. From what I know swimming in a lake you are usually standing on mud where ocean swimming you are standing on sand. The ocean has shell fish, so you could cut your feet on a shell, or step on a stingray or get bit by a jellyfish, so all of those things would be hazards that you could step on.

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      2. Jim, Lake MI, at least on the eastern side of it (that runs along the west side of MI) has sugar sand and dunes all along it. There is no mud at all, and nothing but sand, no sea or water creatures to step on…

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