May Cold Front-Another SE Low- LBP Lower Back Pain

Saturday 5/13/17 Shawn Childress. Bradenton Surf. photo: Brice Hamilton



Sun 7am WFL Updater:
Still some waves this am. Knee to thigh in St Pete and Venice. Choppy but there are some waves. Models have it fadeing today but how cool is it to get 2 weekends of surf in May? Future Forecast on Monday. Enjoy your Sunday.


Friday 7am UPDATER:
Light SSW winds offshore and calm seas this am. Great thread in the comment on lower back pain. Thanks again guys. I’m going to be filing this post soon if there are no more comments. That we can have a record of all the suggestions and also documentation of the early May cold front. Do you think there will be waves tomorrow? There should be something. The Thursday forecast below sticks. Have a great Friday.
(from the mid week forecast) Here’s a WFL option for you: check the cams and buoys late Saturday and early Sunday see if there’s a knee thigh high wave. At least you can get wet and rinse away the week.


Thursday 5/11/2017 7am UPDATER:
Here come the onshores… Best chance to catch a small bump would be late Saturday. It should be in the knee to thigh maybe plus range depending on the Saturday sea breeze. A longboard wave and possibly more let Saturday. Sunday am a knee high leftover. That’s the way it looks at this point. Thanks for all the comments guys!


Wednesday 6am WFL Report 5/10/2017:
What we had was another low digging into the SE which would be like a trough pushing a westerly gradient and bumping the surf up for this weekend. It’s almost mid-May and on the latest models the trough does not get enough dig so we are likely not looking at a solid surf event. Still 2ft seas are expected and throw in a good sea breeze and a shallow sand bar and you can find some longboard action Friday into the weekend with west winds at 10-15. Perfectly CLIMO and to be expected. The way that last WFL front just cranked and the breeze in the Caribe just died, I went searching for the latest ENSO forecast and we are in a neutral phase with a chance for El Ninyo late summer. Now we are just headed for summer, that simple. PR was supposed to have solid swell this am but it’s not here yet, notch down for the Caribe also? Here’s a WFL option for you: check the cams and buoys late Friday and Saturday and see if there’s a knee high line for your 9’6. At least you can get wet and rinse away the week. I’ll update tomorrow.

Kelly shuts it down for 5 weeks due to lower back pain.



LBP-Lower Back Pain Sucks:
Mid 40’s and this is the 1st time I’ve ever had it. I’ve heard so many remedies, I don’t know which is right for me. I went searching for KS in the RIO results and then googled that he pulled out due to LBP. One guy here said he shut it down for 2 months and it went away, no chiro, not much massage, just rest. Yoga stretches? I don’t know but I’m going to be shutting it down soon. I hurt my lower back last October and it has plagued me all season. I need to not surf for 2 months. The snap motion is what’s killing my lower back. I dont even feel it when I m out surfing, but I feel it afterward. If you have something that worked for your LBP please share in the comments. Thanks…

Oww my back!

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Gulf Coast Vet and WFL ESA Director Brian Fischer weighs in on the current surfing situation in WFL:
“I’m noticing more and more beginners taking over the peaks at popular spots. We need to create a “call to action” from all experienced surfers to assist in kindly educating newer surfers to have proper safety & etiquette. I’ve seen some injuries recently that could have easily been avoided. Compare surfing to skiiing or snowboarding, if you are a beginner you stay on the beginner & advance beginner slopes until you are ready to move up without putting your safety and others at risk. Beginners don’t belong on the main peaks with intense crowds managing the line up. It always ends in disaster for someone or multiple people. This sport is supposed to be fun for all. Not just fun for the beginners clowning around without respect. I know that we are talking about knee high Gulf surf, which is not advanced surfing, but there is a more critical section with an intense crowd of higher level surfers that needs to be avoided & respected. You earn your spot in the line up with experience and respect. Would you attempt to walk on a practice field while the Rays are training when you are learning how to throw a ball? If anyone can share a better way that we can manage the increasing number of surfers, I am all ears. Everyone just wants to have fun! So let’s learn, share knowledge, and respect each other”.

Saturday N County Photos by TC:



Saturday Photo by Christi Haverfield:


Saturday Down South Photos of John Purdy in the barrel and Andy Malloy on the bomb by ©Dennis Knowles Photography

Friday 2pm update: Solid waves on the WFL GC today. Shoulder to head high in St Pete. Chunky. Go surf…
John Purdy sequence fresh from this Friday afternoon by Christi Haverfield:

Friday WFL Surf Report Cinco De Mayo 6am: Holy Cow 9ft at 7 seconds straight west on 036. Go surf. Getting ahead of myself… inside buoy is slower to come up but its on the way probably already rideable in N county. Models show it onshore at 25 all day today. A lot of wind for the 5th of May. 10-20 this am. The clipper is not showing up on the latest models so Saturday looks fun and it could glass off a bit overnight tonight maybe. Sunday small leftovers. Best times to surf should be later today and Saturday am if it cleans up. Looks chest to head today and waist to chest manyana, knee to thigh for Sunday. Have fun. Let us know how you did. We will update mid day today…


LP NNE on the way for PR. Not too big but fun surf for May.

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34 thoughts on “May Cold Front-Another SE Low- LBP Lower Back Pain

  1. Rob Hyypio

    Early morning report from out back: W swell in the waist high range. Drifty conditions with strong NW winds about 18 mph on the beach… better elsewhere, but rideable out back

  2. Fuggin

    Similar conditions down here Rob, maybe a lil bigger. Waist plus chunky, drifty, but there are a few shoulders to work with and I have some time so I’m gonna do a few drifts. Have fun today everyone!

  3. Rob Hyypio

    She got more too Micah … I sent you the ones I thought were the best. Looks super fun. Too bad i am on lock down at work

  4. RUSS-D

    I picked a terrible time to have dental surgery done HA HA HA. Taking one for the team here for sure . I hope everyone has a blast tomorrow, looks like solid swell early in the morning. Now if only the winds would lay down a bit.

  5. RUSS-D

    Packed and heading out to The Zoo today. I hope this doesn’t cause any issues with my tooth :O But i have to surf this late season front. Swell is 9+ ft @ 8 secs. Not missing this one. See y’all out there.

  6. Bfisch

    I’m noticing more and more beginners taking over the peaks at popular spots. We need to create a “call to action” from all experienced surfers to assist in kindly educating newer surfers to have proper safety & etiquette. I’ve seen some injuries recently that could have easily been avoided. Compare surfing to skiiing or snowboarding, if you are a beginner you stay on the beginner & advance beginner slopes until you are ready to move up without putting your safety and others at risk. Beginners don’t belong on the main peaks with intense crowds managing the line up. It always ends in disaster for someone or multiple people. This sport is supposed to be fun for all. Not just fun for the beginners clowning around without respect. I know that we are talking about knee high Gulf surf, which is not advanced surfing, but there is a more critical section with an intense crowd of higher level surfers that needs to be avoided & respected. You earn your spot in the line up with experience and respect. Would you attempt to walk on a practice field while the Rays are training when you are learning how to throw a ball? If anyone can share a better way that we can manage the increasing number of surfers, I am all ears. Everyone just wants to have fun! So let’s learn, share knowledge, and respect each other.

  7. admin Post author

    Thanks Bfisch for the good observations! happens here too. I can put a note on this website and if you meet some new WFL surfers tell them about aurasurf.com so we can use this site as a tool for education.

  8. EVY

    Having been a marathon/ultra runner for many years – below are my suggestions for expediting sound and rapid recovery.

    1. Acupuncture – very often a nagging injury is locked up energy or muscles that won’t release…. the needles are an excellent ( non invasive ) way to break up stagnant energy, get blood flow, allowing healing to begin
    2. Gentle yoga stretches
    3. Arnica used before you go out surfing on the site of injury and after – this is my favorite product – you can get from Amazon or I’ll get it and mail it to you – https://secure.topricin.com/
    4. Warm the area before you surf…. take a warm shower and let all those muscles wake up before you ask them work. After your session ICE…. but no more then 10 minutes at a pop…. many people do tissue damage by “freezing” or icing too long. two set of 10 minutes. I keep an ice-pack in the car – so when I finished running, I could ice the area asap – but for only 10 min
    Figure 2-3 treatments acupuncture /Chinese Dr. trained in China are preferred in my book
    Hope this helps

  9. Ericito

    Look at Gerry! He’s still charging thanks to yoga! I don’t have lower back pain but have real gnarly pain in my leg from breaking it still and according to the head doc at Tampa general I will for the rest of my life. Sooo I’m OK with limping every morning and every late night at the fancy pants restaurant. All I gotta say that helps is a little tea every day (special tea hit me up I’ll put you on it) and guess …YOGA! Yoga helps immensely, if you haven’t tried it, just check out exactly what you need on YouTube like “lower back pain yoga” it helps me more than I could explain!

  10. Danman

    Heyy Micah, i feel for you on the lbp. I injured my back doing some awkward, heavy lifting at work and i think because i didn’t rest long enough to let it fully heal that it still kinda plagues me – too much fun surf and active life getting in the way of trying to heal.haha. Anyways it was prrettyyy bad pero es muucho mejor now. So what i found what really helped was to of course stretch but also get a yoga mat or rug and lie on your back…do some more stretches by pulling your knees to your chest, etc. and then take a tennis ball and lodge it under the parts of your back that hurt also areas nearby that don’t necessarily hurt and work the ball back and forth using an up and down motion using your legs to move your body over the ball. Do this for like 10-20 min. You will feel noticeably better right after doing it. And try to do this like twice a day everyday. Anyways i hope this helps, it did for me. Oh and don’t forget to massage the glutes and hammies-very important. And just remember, it’ll go away. Good luck and happy healing

  11. Neil

    If you don’t have any issues when surfing then you have what I had/have. I had got to the point that I had surgery scheduled. This was back in the days of Howard Stern on local radio. He talked about a Dr. Sarno that had helped him with his problem. I bought his book and it helped quite a bit but still had some lingering issues. I then tracked down a doctor in Orlando that treated people with back pain the same way as Dr. Sarno. With a few tweaks (no pun intended) from that doctor I was ‘fixed’.

    Buy the book and read it because even if it doesn’t work for you all your out is the price of a book and the time it takes to read it.

    https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Back-Pain-Mind-Body-Connection/dp/0446557684

  12. Rob Hyypio

    Micah – remember that super intense guy who was talking about Tumeric? He’s right … I have upped my intake of it and have noticed positive effects. It is a natural anti-inflamatory … and I think that it combined with some rest will do you wonders. Let me know how it works for ya.

  13. Mike Meehan

    Google The 5 Tibetans , takes about 10 minutes a day, great start fo a yoga practice. I am 23 months into that practice, still surfing at 63. I am also a yoga teacher. If you have any questions hit me up. Good luck!

  14. JB

    Our take: What we’ve seen throughout every surf spot we’ve surfed in the world is that there are unwritten rules.

    One: If you are a beginner, you don’t surf at the peak. You go down the beach and learn where it is less crowded and dangerous.

    Two: If it isn’t your home break, you respect the locals. Meaning you don’t paddle to the main peak and start taking waves. Instead slowly work your way to the main peak. We have surfed many a place and have noticed that when these rules are broken the non local will get at best a tongue lashed shaming, at worst threats, broken boards, flat tires, straight up brawls.

    We have been non locals, broken these rules and have learned the rules the hard way. We wish someone would have let us know so that we could have avoided that at times.

    So We thank BFisch for his kind words. Also there are many more unwritten rules but if these two are followed, a lot of aggravation will be avoided.

  15. admin Post author

    wow amazing comments thanks everyone! Im going to try them out…

    this kid was out at Indy in February and the gnarliest roid druggy in town was out just seething under the skin not getting his waves, ready to boil.
    finally he goes for a wave and this kid paddles for the same wave psycho is on and psycho jumps off the wave and on top of the kid and starts pushing his head under water screaming at him ‘don’t ever paddle for my wave’. it shocked me it was extremely violent I thought he was going to drown the kid, needless to say noone paddled for anyone else’s wave after that.

    that was a very isolated incident from the worst druggy in town, the only time ive seen that happen here. if you drop on one of these guys (its obvious who they are, your going to get in a fight). i dont even paddle for the same wave as them i get away from them as fast as possible and go surf another peak

    back in the day at SI Crawdady and all those guys ruled the lineup with an iron fist but we all had to learn respect for the locals…

  16. admin Post author

    Rob what kind of tumeric are you taking? and what’s it cost? Im all about natural remedies

    I have been doing local limes and ginger here and it’s helped my immune system so much, they are like key limes, little ones so potent

  17. TC

    MW I have 3 suggestions that may benefit your back pain:

    1) I notice when you surf you tie a cute little bow on the back of your t-shirt, Get rid of that immediately and that should solve most of your problem.

    2) If the pain is only there after you surf you are not drinking enough Meddalia or Capt Morgan, its a natural remedy for all sort of pain, just like Tumeric

    3) Go and surf all the crowded Gulf breaks that are supposedly being taken over with beginners and either cut off one of the whiney hardcore locals or just get in the way of a kook, either way you will get a nice pounding and this could either adjust your back to health or take your mind off the back pain because of pain in other areas.

    These suggestions are pretty much 100% effective 20% of the time. – TC 🙂

  18. woody jones

    sorry to hear Micah about the LBP…yes it’s hell getting old! wait until your are 55! it is so important to keep moving and working out so you can hop up on the board!

  19. Bfisch

    Hydration, Yoga, proper cross training, healthy diet, and the right amount of rest (sleep) every day. I had a Chiro & therapist study my issues and found my weaknesses & strengths that were causing my issues.

  20. DW

    Wow, a lot of back pain comments for you to consider! I believe it is the number one reason for missed work/sick days in the US. LBP comes in many forms and what works for one may not benefit another. That pain could be purely muscular, disc related, or some combination. Stretching, core strengthening, swimming and yoga should help. Anti-inflammatories, alternating heat, and cold compresses help with pain. I am 60 and still surf regularly for a gulf coaster and have dealt with moderate to occ. severe LBP my entire adult life. Mine is lower lumbar strain, which is muscular versus the various disc related conditions. The last few years the frequency is more or less constant so maybe chalk that up to old age. Youngsters in their mid-40s like you and KS may not be there quite yet.  I need to check out that 5 Tibetans thing Mike mentioned. Hope ya feel better soon!

  21. Rob Hyypio

    @ Tony Coleman. Hahaha. Fantastic words of advice. I think that you are on to something.

    @ Micah. I take 300 mg of Tumeric with breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s in capsule form … basically it’s just ground up yellowish powder. Drink lots of water when you take it and make sure that you take it with food.

    It’s an anti-inflamatory agent .. they should sell it in the vitamin aisle of the local grocery store.

    Good luck.

  22. Rob Hyypio

    I can’t believe that I had never seen Gulf Lines 2. I like it better then the first one John did. Some great footage for sure. Micah – I am pretty sure that you have a barrel at the 48:48 mark and again at the 48:58 mark … it’s kinda grainy, but I’m 90% sure that’s you. That’s a serious throwback …. everyone looks so young!! (Dang … we are all old now!!! haha)

  23. greg

    I’m a Chiro so…get adjusted! There are generally only a few causes for LBP. Muscle strain, herniated disc and poor alignment Chronic pain that is only after activity usually comes down to strain or alignment. If you are not being consistent with the stretching that could be the problem. Us older guys need to have a routine that gets every part of the back as flexible as possible. Stretch at least 2-3 every day for approx 15-20 minutes. All the other advice here is good too. Natural pain relief works for many. Turmeric/curcumin, ginger,cinnamon,garlic,cayenne,black pepper,clove. All of these have had some affect. Chiropractors can be expensive but sometimes you have to get to the root problem. Hope you get better soon.

  24. BHamilton

    ^^^be careful, you do NOT want to get adjusted if you have any disc related problems, it will only further the issue and could result in permanent damage. Back in highschool I herniated a disc in the lower back- L5, and had L4 severely bulging(stupid skimboarding, never again…) I’ve been tossed through the ringer of chiros/pt./rehab ever since and im only 22, so don’t think this stuff just affects you senior groms. I’ll spare the details of my recovery, but long story short, there is no full recovery when in comes to disc issues. Once a disc plugs up, blows out, or gives in, it will only heal until it becomes bulging/degenerative(good word for a surfer right?) then you will be stuck dealing with that for life.

    The task becomes strengthening all the muscles surrounding the disc in quest of building support that can reduce the load/stress on the disc through better posture/form/and movement. I recommend getting an inversion table and doing daily decompression (search&learn about this term) continue your stretches&exercises that target strengthening the lower back, get a personal trainer that will show you how to properly build core strength, and more important than anything POSTURE. We all spend way too much time sitting and easily fall into terrible habits. Get rid of the comfy executive office chair and replace it with a simple fixed chair that does not allow your lower back to slump over.

    Have any of you heard of foundation training? Really really good stuff:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BOTvaRaDjI
    http://www.theinertia.com/surf/dr-eric-goodman-shares-a-12-minute-workout/

  25. Greg

    ^^^ 22 years old and your experience is your own. I have seen many disc issues completely resolved with chiro treatment. Sorry you had a bad experience. Please don’t poss on the many benefits of good adjustments.

  26. higgy baby

    i went to my Treasure Island chiro today around 7 pm, he was in the form of knee to waist high chop slop. Thanks to everyone for all the lbp info, gonna try it out on my 46 year old back.

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