Cape Cod Wahines wind, wave, and kitesurfing

Surfing the Cape Cod National Seashore

By Carrie Crook, surfing wahine

Pilot whale

Surfing the Cape Cod National Seashore is always an adventure. You never know what you might encounter on your trek out to the beach or as you paddle out to your favorite spot.The wildlife is one of the best parts of surfing. There is nothing like riding a wave and seeing a grey seal pop up nearby or even a pilot whale. There are also times of the year when you and your board may be covered incomb jellies (which do not sting) or you may be pulling up your hands and feet when a school of bluefish swim through the line-up. It is such an empowering feeling! You become part of their world and part of nature. I appreciate every minute out on the ocean and feel that my session is complete when I see something interesting.

Common ternI’m always on the lookout for anything that may swim, float, or even fly by the line-up. I enjoy looking for rare or migrating birds, or even insects, such as monarch butterflies, that might fly overhead. One thing I’m always on the lookout for are fish with large dorsal fins. I try not to mention the larger fish that swim off Cape Cod because I am superstitious. If I do not mention the “man in the gray suit” or “Bruce”, then, hopefully, he will keep his distance. Instead, I’m on the lookout for great black-backed gulls, herring and ring-billed gulls, piping plovers, tree and barn swallows, red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, common tern, grey seal, harbor seal, pilot whale, and blue fish.

Pilot whaleI love surfing the Cape Cod National Seashore. After living and surfing in other coastal states, I really appreciate the beauty of Cape Cod. There aren’t many places in the U.S.where you can sit on your board in the ocean, look back at the shore and see only a few houses along a beautiful, natural coastline. The natural landscape isn’t ruined by a ton of hotels or huge mansions. It  is truly stunning. I feel very lucky to live and surf in such a wonderful place and share it with so many great people.