Cal­i­for­nia’s an­nual “Purge” ses­sion

Surfer - - Contents - By TODD PRODANOVICH

CARLS­BAD, CA Ñ Yes­ter­day, from Cres­cent City to San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, surfers pad­dled out en masse and pro­ceeded to snake, back-paddle, burn, roast, sneer, snicker, dunk, brawl, cut leashes and smash fins as part of the surf com­mu­nity’s newly en­acted “Purge” ses­sion. The statewide event en­cour­ages surfers to act on their baser in­stincts, com­mit­ting the most heinous crimes in surf­ing, in hopes that they will “get it all out of their sys­tem,” ac­cord­ing to Purge pro­po­nents.

“The idea came from a hor­ror movie that came out a few years ago,” says Newport Beach surfer and Purge sup­porter Mitch Morten­son. “In the movie, all crime is made le­gal for one night a year and for the rest of the time the crime rate drops to noth­ing. Some of my friends and I were get­ting burned so many times around 54th Street that when we heard about the surf­ing Purge, we just thought, ‘It’s about time!’”

Up and down the coast yes­ter­day, it was com­mon to see eight or more surfers on a sin­gle wave, with no short­age of leash pulling, board grab­bing and spear tack­ling. In the af­ter­math of the Purge ses­sion, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., surfers who pad­dled out in the af­ter­noon re­ported ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “an im­mense feel­ing of calm and a strong sense of be­long­ing and broth­er­hood” in the lineup, like “we’d all been through some shit.”

But not all surfers who pad­dled out dur­ing the morn­ing Purge ses­sion were pleased with the re­sults of the in­au­gu­ral event.

“I didn’t even know this Purge thing was hap­pen­ing,” says La Jolla Shores surfer Clyde Si­zlack. “I was just over the moon to try out my brand-new Josh Hall glider, which set me back a pretty penny, but on my first wave some psy­chopath dropped right in and smashed into my rail. I’m just sit­ting there af­ter­ward go­ing, ‘What the hell is your prob­lem, man?’ He’s like, ‘Just Purg­ing, bro,’ and drops an el­bow, Wwf-style, right on the deck of my board. I couldn’t be­lieve it. Who would ever think this was a good idea?”

The man who first ini­ti­ated the Purge ses­sion is named Brian Bog­gle. Ac­cord­ing to Bog­gle, he “figured if it worked in the movie, it might work in surf­ing, and Lord knows surfers could stand to blow off some steam. But that’s re­ally it; I have no ul­te­rior mo­tives.” Bog­gle lives in San Cle­mente, where he owns a chain of ding-re­pair shops. S


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