Wednesday, October 6, 2010

#28 Secret Spots

There’s a place at the end of the road, a surf spot to be exact, that by its sheer location and hard to reach obscurity has left it pure and unvarnished from human touch; a spot that surfers can still call their own within the rapidly developing world as we know it.  Collectively referred to as “Secret Spots”, they are the proverbial dark horse within the underground black market of surf spots.  They’re the epitome of what surf dreams are made of – untapped, exotic, pumping uncrowded surf.  Secret spots ooze of adventure and wanderlust discoveries straight out of a Treasure Island novel.  Surfers lucky enough to find them not only get to score epic surf but purportedly lay claim to a resource that is in short supply these days.  To what extent they shamelessly brag about scoring epic surf (thus exposing the spot) or guard their new found secret spot with a passion (see Localism) is up to the individual surfer.  As with any secret, once the cat’s out of the bag it is no longer a secret anymore.  Once exposed, surfers will inevitably arrive in droves to seek out their own piece of the secret spot paradise.  This is why surfers often talk about secret spots in such hushed, cryptic tones.  Some might even go so far as to carry the secret with them to the grave.  After all, why bring sand to the beach when it’s already the perfect balance for those chosen few already “in-the-know”?  At the end of the day, a secret spot is only a secret if it remains privy information to a select few.  Like winning the lottery jackpot, it’s often better just to keep it to yourself.  “Secret Spots” – can you keep a secret?

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