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There have been several times in my life when I was not close to the Ocean. Once or twice I’ve tried to describe to people how much I miss being away from it. How I feel like I am missing a part of me, somehow.
Most; just don’t get it. After all, I don’t live on the Ocean. I live on a Bay; a saltwater bay. And that helps to keep my OK. Because there is a difference.
I know it sounds unreasonable; But there is a great difference between fresh water and saltwater. And there is an ocean of difference between any other body of water and well… the Ocean. Yes, I know the Great Lakes are huge. But they are not connected closely enough to the ocean. Their water is fresh.
I just can’t put into words what I mean: how I feel. I’ve tried, and failed too many times. You either are: or you’re not.
Thursday July 21st was special for a lot of reasons. It was the second warm and windy day we’ve had this week. A rare treat this time of year. And the tide that afternoon was right for Demo; outgoing all afternoon with a South West breeze.
I was lucky just to be breathing. I was lucky to be on the exact same set up;[6.3, 110ltr board, & and a 9” wave/weed fin] as I was on Sunday. I was grateful to be back in the arms of Mother Ocean.