Surfers flock to Long Beach to charge the winter swells and while that may be the norm among locals, it may come as a surprise to casual observers when they catch surfers riding waves in the middle of a storm. But it’s safe to say that anyone attempting to surf for the very first time during a nor’easter — or claiming to do so — would come as a shock to most people.
During a storm update from PIX11 News, surfer Adam Winerip emerged from the snow – layered in neoprene – for an interview. Winerip said the waves were “sloppy” and that he had “drifted a mile,” prompting him to ask for a ride back to his car. He also claimed that, “this is, like, my first time surfing” – which, considering the conditions, was shocking to the reporter…and the internet.
Some clearly didn’t get Winerip’s attempt at humor when the segment aired — at least not at first — and his claims sparked the ire of some who said that he was putting his safety, and those of emergency responders, at risk. Others, especially locals, said they knew that he was just messing around.
Winerip just happens to be an experienced waterman who could be seen on his Instagram page surfing some impressive waves — he has also taught at Skudin Surf camps — and Long Beach Surf Shop referred to him as a local legend. The video went viral and racked up thousands of views and hundreds of shares on social media.
After the segment, Winerip’s humor continued on social media.
“I’ve been stand-up paddleboarding for a few years now and I figured how hard can doing it laying down be?” he said on Instagram. “Never thought I’d make the news.”