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When summer kicks in, waves go on vacation. Learn what you can do to live through flat surfing days.

There's always a time in our lives when we can't live without surfing. It fills our days, and we became slightly obsessed with the ritual of checking the forecast, packing up, and searching for idyllic, silky smooth, uncrowded lineups.

And you could say summer is a summer sport. At least, it feels great to ride a perfect, transparent waves in a cool-to-warm ocean.

So, we all love summer, right? Not quite. When the surf completely vanishes for days, and we desperately need it like oxygen to survive, we begin showing signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

That's when we start double-checking the surf cameras every 10 minutes, or having disturbing visions of sets that will never come.

Mother Nature rules our surfing waves. So, when it sends out a few flat spells, we should be ready to find alternatives. Some will include water activities; others will keep our mind busy while the first ground swell of the summer makes its way toward the coastline.

Take one or more of the following surf pills. They'll keep you entertained when the surf is flat:

1. Go Longboarding: there's always a tiny peeler breaking somewhere. All you need is a big board and one-foot roller;
2. Go Skimboarding: whether the tide is low or high, there's always a spot where you can glide across a flat surface;
3. Go Skateboarding: a longboard cruiser is a surfer's best friend. Ride the asphalt and train your turns;
4. Go SUPing: enjoy the pleasures of the ocean, and watch the sights from a long distance;
5. Go Swimming: each stroke will make you a better surfer - increase your paddling and breathing power;
6. Go Windsurfing: all you need is wind - every surfer should own a windsurfer;
7. Go Work Out: it might not be fun, but it will prepare you for the autumn swells;
8. Read Surf Books: learn more about surf forecast, discover the history of surfing, and fine-tune your maneuvers;
9. Watch Surf Movies: observe how pro surfers complete your favorite tricks, and dive into different world cultures;
10. Practice Yoga and/or Meditation: improve your visualizations skills, and connect your body and mind with the ocean's energy;

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