The 20 Best Excuses Used To Get Out Of Surfing Big Waves

17 Aug 2017 13 Share

Ben Macartney

Chief Surf Forecaster

Photo by Mark Onorati

Photo by Mark Onorati

COASTALWATCH | LISTS

20 best excuses not to paddle out on big days

When the word gets around the office that there’s a big swell inbound, there’s always plenty of discussion surrounding where and when might be holding and where could be straight up pumping.

This usually brings to light several, excellent surfing options – none of which are discussed in this article.

The fact is, in the cold light of a serious forecast, the realities of a desk-bound existence start to hit home - and as sure as night turns to day, out come the excuses for not surfing when it's big. Here are twenty of the best. If you've got a cracker from a mate, add it below.

SEE ALSO: The East Coast Swell Alert & The National Weekend Surf Forecast

1. My knee/ ankle/ shoulder/ ear infection is really bad at the moment.

2. I’m just gonna wait for the tide.

3. I told my dad I was gonna clean out the garage.

4. My big wave board is at my mates house in Wagga Wagga.

5. Gotta look after my kids.

6. It’s too crowded for me.

7. See you out there in 15.

8. I’m just going to the toilet, see ya out there.

9. I waiting until it peaks this arvo.

10. I left my wettie at my mate’s place and he's away.

11. I’ve only got a 4ft comp leash.

12. I just have to find my rear quad fins. They’re here somewhere.

13. My big-wave board is too big to duckdive.

14. I'm not fit enough at the moment.

15. I can’t find my floatation vest.

16. Love to go but can’t afford petrol until payday.

17. I’ve got the worst case of gastro you’ve ever seen. Have to stay close to the loo.

18. Love to paddle out, but I’m going to film you with my Ehang Ghost Drone/super long lens from the beach instead.

19. I have to fix a ding on my big-wave board from the last swell.

20. I don't go out unless it's at least double overhead, so daddy can spend some quality time in the green room.

Tags: (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Lists
The 10 Golden Rules of Packing for Surf Travel

The 10 Golden Rules of Packing for Surf Travel

Tip 1, divide everything you've packed by 2...

2 31 Oct 2019
11 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Surf Trip

11 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Surf Trip

Hit This Checklist to Get the Most out of Your Surfari

1 16 Oct 2019
Recent

Good Times On The Goldy With Brent Dorrington and Crew

There's been a few banks about...

18 Jan 2020
Two Electric Sessions on the Tweed Coast With the Future of Australian Surfing

Two Electric Sessions on the Tweed Coast With the Future of Australian Surfing

4 16 Jan 2020
Sean Doherty: Davey Cathels and the High Country Fire

Sean Doherty: Davey Cathels and the High Country Fire

3 14 Jan 2020
Nick Carroll: "The Only Thing I Could Compare It to Is War"

Nick Carroll: "The Only Thing I Could Compare It to Is War"

15 10 Jan 2020
Nick Carroll: The Holidays That Never Were

Nick Carroll: The Holidays That Never Were

1 9 Jan 2020
Latest News

Sean Doherty: Davey Cathels and the High Country Fire

“It's been a pretty strange start to the year, that’s for sure.”

Nick Carroll: "The Only Thing I Could Compare It to Is War"

A southerly saved Phil Macca’s town. But what now?

Nick Carroll: The Holidays That Never Were

Surf shop owner Kurt Nyholm is part of a community trying to recover from too much all at once

Popular This Week

The WSL Has a New CEO, the Volcom Pipe Pro Gets Upgraded, and Russell Bierke Is a South Coast Tube Star

This Week In Surfing: Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was January 17, 2020

Mental Hawaii and Indo – the Last 18 Months Through The Lens of Ryan Williams

Four Minutes of Madness, featuring Jack Robbo, John John and more

Go to Top