On a beach, on the western shore
Big waves and surfers congregate
Mostly young, men and women both
Best surf assuredly, no debate
Daring youth, all with surfboards
Early morning, just as dawn breaks
Down the white sand, into the water
To meet the ocean’s towering waves
For hours they stay on their boards
Wave after wave, they meet and ride
Soporific as the morning sun rise
Surf’s up; thrills won’t be denied
By noon, the fascination wears off
One by one they leave the ocean
Lie on the beach, chairs or towels
All glistening in sunscreen lotion
But a few dedicated souls remain
Riding crests of off-the-hook waves
Brave ones go through giant barrels
Triumphant, unafraid of watery graves
Older folks like us stayed beneath
Beach umbrellas, cold drinks in hand
Admiring the beautiful young ones
Riding waves or sunbathing in the sand
Dreaming, reminiscing the olden days
When young with well-toned bodies
We inhabited the same sand beaches...
Long ago; aah! sweet, sweet memories!
© Vic Evora

Surf's Up: Originally used in surfing to say there are good waves for surfing and one should get ready to ride them. This likely resulted in the later idiomatic use: to get ready for something.

Last year, my wife and I went to a town in northern Philippines noted for surfing. It was a ton of fun watching surfers attack the waves. I took the photo above showing one of he good surfers riding a small wave.


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Robert L. Martin
over 1 year

I used to live in Laguna Beach, CA. I sure saw a lot of people surfing there. It was much fun.

over 1 year

Indeed. But not for the faint-hearted

Nelson D Reyes
over 1 year

Brave souls they are the surfers. Seen them high wave daredevils in Oahu the “pipe” dreamers I call them. Also in San Sebastián.
Surf’s up like dinner is ready I heard a lot of times or soup’s up/soup’s ready.

Like. Thanks Brod. Nothing like a morning walk at the beach but I must confess I’ve seen only a few mornings let alone beach mornings. I sleep through midday.:—))

over 1 year

Thanks Brod. I must confess I am the same way at home. I wake up early enough - 5 am sometimes even 4. But I go back to bed and wake up closer to 11. But when we are on a trip I am a very early riser. I don't want to wait any daylight hours. LOL

Seriously though, I wish I learned how to surf when I was younger. But at that time we never thought of surfboards. I did a few escapades, "borrowing" a small bangka from the neighbors, rowing out to sea to the sandbars a few miles away from shore. One time the weather changed so sudden I was deathly scared and rowed back to shore like a banshee

over 1 year

I mean "waste any daylight hours"

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