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June 18, 2019
 

Surf in Verse, 2019 Edition

Kai Lenny surfing Mavericks, CA (photo by Fred Pompermayer, available for $175 from www.fredpompelmeyer.com)

 

‘Next Time I Will Be the Wave’

Just Because the Love for the Ocean–A Winter Surfing Poem

by Anna Dibell

The salt and my skin was the perfect match. Even my hair seemed to welcome the Atlantic once again. Yesterday’s doubt was quickly washed away and I was reminded of where I once came from.

A child of the ocean, from the ocean and for the ocean.

Although the cold got through and my feet went numb, the clear water hypnotized my senses and nothing else mattered. At least not for a while. Everything there was; was the sky, the building waves, and my board.

The paddling seemed effortless and the timing was easy. Stiff joints from the cold made the movements slower, but I did not care. I was in the ocean, for the ocean, from the ocean. And it felt like playing with my best friend.

What is a wave, but a signature of the ocean. A unique expression, it rolls in once, and then it is no more. But it is still the ocean, movement and energy.

What is a ride on a surfboard, but an honoring of that wave.

Of its birth in a random storm far away and its travels towards the shallow waters, where it may break and finally come to rest.

When I paddle to catch it at its peak, it does not go unnoticed. Whether it wipes me out or lets me ride its green shoulder, the force of the ocean travels inside my body and fills me with a deep respect.

We are but mere difference in form. Made up of the same. Lets meet in awe of the creation.

Next time I will be the wave.

(Published January 14, 2017 at www.karunasurf.com)

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‘Mr. Moto,’ The Bel Airs (1961), featuring Paul Johnson one of the founding fathers of surf guitar

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Surfing Over the Surface

by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

 

Searching the world over,

looking for love somewhere in this

universe, hopefully close to me

somewhere.

Taking steps carefully into waves of ocean tides,

placing my

life in the tides of todays’ life.

Adjusting myself with the rising and ebbing

of every ounce

of the ocean’s behavior.

Loving to skim over the surface, surfing

happily out in the

middle of nowhere, all by myself.

Published at www.poemhunter.com

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‘Summer Surf,’ the Steve Douglas-penned track from the album of the same name by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, released in 1964. This was the last album the King of the Surf Guitar recorded with his Del-Tones band and, due to his battle with rectal cancer, the last album he would record until 1986.

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Body Surfing

by Luke Davis

 

Reading physics in the Charger

at North Bondi; after a while

it gets hard to concentrate.

All that sunlight.

Clouds moving just fast enough

to be boring if you watch them,

totally different the next time you look.

All that wind.

Two drunks sway down the ramp,

drinking white metho. They argue.

One punches the other in the face.

He falls on the sand.

Three boys, two frisbees: hypnotic

laws of flight and silhouette,

curvature and traceries of air.

All that aerodynamic stuff.

You think of Hebrew etymology.

Grace is God’s smile, or God smiling

on us. Mercy means running towards

someone in love.

So you go swimming. The wave looms

dark, you stroke twice and are launched

into fierce velocities of green.

First wave of spring.

Under the water the sunlight bends

when waiting for waves you practise

being weightless. Just you and the light

in a pale green world.

A westerly is blowing all the waves’

bellies hollow. You sweep

to the base and they burst in a silver

chaos of splintering;

and in this swollen place

of light and speed

you are beside yourself with happiness,

airborne, almost,

for an instant

on the inside of a wave.

Published at www.poemhunter.com

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‘Banzai Washout,’ another Steve Douglas tune from Dick Dale & His Del-Tones’ 1964 album, Summer Surf

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Surfing

by Eric Mills

 

Surfing is like gliding on an endless sea

Life troubles seem to escape me

Surfing is like an anchor to my heart

Always with me never letting me drift apart

What i feel on my board

Is of one of the oceans lords

Once i go back at the end of the day

Still my heart longs to stay

Published at www.poemhunter.com

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‘Swingin’ and Surfing’,’ Dick Dale & HIs Del-Tones from Beach Party (1963)

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The Crashing Waves

 

The surfers are waiting eagerly like a bird

watching it’s prey.

Suddenly an enormous tunnelling wave grabs them like a giant’s fist.

The excited surfers start to bob in the waves

Starting to stand up above the world.

The crashing waves slaughter the surfers.

The shimmering, ice blue waves settle as the gleaming

burning sun goes down.

The surfers carry on surfing in the warm sea by the

moon light.

Not worried about the time. Not worried about anything.

People leave but the surfers carry on.

By Becky

(published July 8, 2008 at The Otter Class Blog)

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Ocean Child: A Surf Poem