I surfed the board for the first time on Wednesday at a local reef. The conditions were ok but the waves were only head height or perhaps a little more. Not the conditions that this lady was built for. So this morning I headed out to Downend point (the reef break between Croyde and Saunton beahes. There were no other takers. The conditions were not great (tides too big, swell too fresh etc) however it was sizey and easily within my comfort zone. I paddled out via the back beach (not the gullies which I find too prone to dinging me or my boards) and made my way round to the peak that was breaking a fair distance out to sea. I fought the rip for a while and then waited for the first set of consequence. It came, but I was caught inside, I duck dived but got tumbled by the turbulence. By the standard of Downend Point nothing remarkable accept by brand new leash broke. When I surfaced and looked at my lady as she raced towards the gullies and the rocks perhaps 75 mteres inside. That was the last I saw of her. After a 10-15minute swim in to the back beach I scoured the gullies either side of the point. I walked from Croyde to the tip of Baggy point. I even took a look down at Saunton beach (desperation because the tide, rip and winds will have taken the board in the other direction). No sign. She has left me for who knows where (probably elsewhere in the Bristol Channel)
It's not the really the cost (though that's hard enough to bear) but the loss possibility of the future excitement that I could have had with her. Any similar experiences?