Posted: Apr 15,2012 Written by 
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This has to be one of the worst winters to be a New Jersey surfer. There has been a few good days but for the most part its been a disappointing season. I really don’t want to take this left hand turn into negative town but I guess its too late. I can’t turn around now. We've been teased the last few months. The ocean would dangle a carrot in front of our faces. Forecasters were tricked into saying, “There will be waves on Friday.” Somehow a storm would disappear before it arrived. The morning of the swell, you would wake up expecting to find an ocean full of surf. Instead, you lookout to see something that resembles a gigantic blue ice skating rink. Who is responsible for these misfortunes?
 If we point our fingers at the Atlantic, feelings might get hurt. I don’t want to offend King Neptune so it stays flat forever. Can't we just blame the cast of Jersey Shore instead?

As much as I don’t want to admit it, Jersey Shore is one of my guilty pleasures. At first I resisted but its tough to ignore a show that takes place a couple towns away from you. Its a full hour of repetitive filth but I can’t seem to turn away from it. I really should go to the doctor to see if my brain has rotted yet. Season 5 premiered earlier this winter. Then after a consistent fall, the waves stopped. Coincidence? I think not. The ocean must not be happy with the show coming back to Seaside. Like many other locals, I think its an inaccurate portrayal of life on the Jersey Shore. So are we getting punished for allowing this to be the image of our home?

Many of us are getting sucked into the show. Maybe the Atlantic wants to remind us what life is like on the REAL Jersey Shore? Its not putting on hair gel and fist pumping, thats for sure. For me, it means climbing into a rubber suit and jumping into 40 degree water. Last week, waves slipped through the ocean's fingers. The report said knee high ground swell with occasional thigh high sets. You know you are desperate to surf when that excites you.  It was inconsistent and weak; a mediocre day for summer time standards. Myself and many others sat out in the water waiting twenty minutes for the next wave to roll in.

When winter came to an end, so did the Jersey Shore. Since then, there's been more waves than the winter months. Hopefully this madness is finished sooner then later. There is a slight possibility the ocean could be a hardcore fan. Maybe Sammi and Ronnie's relationship caused a big upset? If they stay together, will we see waves again? Did Deena annoy the Atlantic more than Angelina in the earlier seasons? Somehow, I still just think the ocean is repelled by MTV's Jersey Shore. We all wonder why yesterdays swell disappeared? Well, there is an all day marathon of the Jersey Shore on today.

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