'Life is too short to Pike..'
The world is full of ordinary waves and ordinary surf communities going about their lives in an ordinary way. It is easy to conform and become part of that way of life (the matrix) and cruise along with the flock.
However, why not become a 'Jonathan Livingstone Seagull' type of individual for 2011 and do something different?
The world also has many surf zones that are waiting for those individuals willing to step up a few gears. Most, unfortunately are off the beaten track or in awful climate zones > Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Tasmania, Scotland etc (ps awful climate to me means cold and wet, the locals may actually enjoy the conditions)
Of course to change your pattern and move from the flock will take a great deal of mental fortitude. For starters you may need to improve your fitness so why not think about hitting the swimming pool on a regular basis. Perhaps add a session a week on the indoor surf machine with Brett and the guys to improve your leg & core strength (unlike carpet sweeping it will not upset anyone else). Jump on your push bike more often, go walking or join your local 'cross fit' class. These activities will not only improve your fitness but build your confidence & mental strength.
What sort of surf trip are you looking for? Is it just to catch as many waves as possible, so as to work on your cut back or bottom turns? Or perhaps you want to put yourself in a surf spot and just wait for that one swell, which may produce that one magic wave?
All surf trips are good, but may define you by your choice. Sometimes it is good to mix your surf trip choices up to keep everything fresh or to remind yourself why you hate busy surf spots!
Whatever you choose try and think more like 'Jonathan Livingstone Seagull' than the flock, you will be pleased with the results of pushing yourself....
Happy New Year in 2011, now go travel and get yourself some waves