There's always talk about how cold it is to surf in Oregon. When talking to non-surfers, or surfers from the more temperate regions, it's easy to say how "frigid" it is on any given day.

But in reality, with air and water temperatures at the beach averaging in the 50's for a lot of the year, it's really not so bad.

This week we got a little taste of what it's like much more frequently farther north. I'm not sure about you guys, but I appreciate that it's not usually that cold here.

My fingers and toes were getting pretty icy this morning just while taking the dog for a walk. Thinking about suiting up to go get out in the water takes things to a whole different level

Of course, the right swell and conditions could absolutely make the pain worth it. This video clip from Castles in the Sky is one of my favorite cold water movie sections. It's so beautiful to look at that it's easy to forget how intense it must be for those guys to go out and perform well. I have to respect their cold tolerance, and also the wetsuit companies that make it possible.

But, I think I'll wait for it to warm up at least a little before I go out. Or maybe I just need to buy some thicker gloves and booties.

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