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November Surfing; Thrills & Ice Cream Face – a Slideshow

Brian Tarcy
Written by Brian Tarcy



ORLEANS – The only part of Dan Schwartzman’s body not covered by his wetsuit was his face. Standing on Coast Guard Beach after hours of surfing, his face looked cold.

“They call that ‘ice cream face,’ ” said Schwartzman. “It’s like sticking your face into the freezer.”

The rest of his body, he said, wasn’t cold at all. Maybe his fingers, just a little. He was, instead, thrilled to be surfing in these November conditions of long open-faced waves. At one point, he rode a wave for about ten seconds. Afterward, he said, “That’s the best wave I’ve had in a long time.”

Schwartzman, of Brewster, was one of a handful of surfers in the chilly sunny air on the desolate beach Tuesday afternoon. Patiently, they waited in the water, watching and then moving at their chance for one of these swells fed by a west wind and well-placed sandbars.

“The surf is really good right now,” said Dave Kelley of Yarmouth. “When there’s good surf, you can’t help but come out. Fall and winter creates these kinds of waves that get really hollow.”

And Luciano Abbate of Harwich said, “This is the time, but you’ve got to freeze a little.”

All of the surfers said that the conditions on the beach were good this time of year – meaning bigger waves and less people. “The surf picks up in the winter, and there’s no crowds,” said Abbate, who described surfing as “kind of a thrill, really.”

“Surf’s up, man,” said Schwartzman. “It’s so nice and quiet here.” Schwartzman, who had a bruise above his lip, said he has surfed in California and all over the East Coast and noticed that, “Cape Cod surfers are the friendliest surfers in the world. Today, I got hit by my board. This guy, John, out there told me I had all my teeth.”

 

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His most recent book is, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face. For more information see Briantarcy.com, Almostbook.com, and Whatzgonnahappen.com (NFL Picks).

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