The Blue Room
by Steve Pezman, editor of The Surfer's Journal

When surfers enter the ocean and paddle out they experience a detachment from land-based concerns. Their concentration is focused on reading the ocean surface to pick up incoming swells and be in position to catch the best wave of a set. With enough practice, perseverance and luck, once or twice in a surfer's life all forces will align for a brief instant and the wave will throw-out over the surfer's head as the surfer streaks along through its hollows, encompassing the very essence of flight. Wave riders have several names for that space in time. Some call it being in "the blue room."

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