Through rain, storms, gales, death & ilness he's surfed each day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2015 - Northern California's Dale Webster just completed 40 years of surfing every single, solitary day. When he was ill, passing a kidney stone or the day his wife died, he would catch at least three waves.
Webster, 66, of Valley Ford California passed the four-decade mark on September 3. He stopped surfing on October 5 on doctor's orders because needs minor surgery to remove a kidney stone, which will keep him out of the water for a few months.
Webster started his run in 1975 during a great stretch of surf after which he vowed to surf each and every day. Previously to Webster's pursuit and launch into the record books, no person had claimed the 'most-consecutive-days-surfed' title. And how did it come about? Webster just picked up the idea and ran with it.
“It’s just amazing how one day leads to the next,” he told the Press Democrat. “I have gone out on days no one in their right mind would have surfed,” he said. “I’ve surfed those days.”
To do this Webster chose a career of non-careers that freed him up in the mornings to surf. But he says the rewards are worth it as surfing has given him much more on a daily basis than standard career fulfillment would.
Most days he was just able to drive to the beach and paddle out and surf. But of course there are those days no one would go surfing. Days when you have a kidney stone, your partner is diagnosed with cancer, the sea is angry and tumoltuous, the roads get washed out, the car won't start and on and on. Dale would surf these days. And he has for 40 years only stopping now on doctors orders.
Regarding pursuing another record, somehting like "most days surfed by one person" he told Surfer Magazine "I’ve been there, done that. I want to travel again. The furthest I’ve been away in the past 40 years was Lake Tahoe. I don’t want to have to drive to the beach through a flood; I don’t want take my board out of my car during a gale or battle the ocean during a storm. I don’t have to do that stuff any more, I’ve done it."