I’ve been here a thousand times over the last 30 years. I skin dive and scuba off the rocks. I know every fish, their parents, their grandparents, and their great grandparents. I know when and where I’ll see them. And I know their names too. In an hour and a half, I can see a hundred thousand fish every morning before I show up for work. I’ve seen Giant two hundred pound Sting Rays, Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks, one thousand pound Manatees, schools of 50 or so… hundred pound+ Tarpons, Octopuses, Lobsters, Eels, Starfish, Whelks, Electric Stingrays, ten pound Scorpion Fish, thirty pound Baracudas, Queen Angel Fish and Queen Conchs, and Sea Turtles.
I follow the Jetty (giant rocks piled up 30 ft. high) out for half a mile to its tip. If the wind and the tide are right I hardly have to swim. The wind and the current will push me all the way out, and as I round the tip, I catch the the incoming high tide ride back into the cut and right back to the opposite side of the rocks where I started from.
Sometimes instead of sealife, I hunt for Shells a mile and a half down the beach. You have to know where they gather. I no longer tell people where my spots are. Every time there’s a storm you wait a day for the visibility to return and it’s a whole new ballgame. You can stuff your pockets to the brim with a hundred perfect shells in less than an hour. Each one is an architectural masterpiece. They are all empty, cleaned and polished. There are hundreds of species, Cones, Turkey Wings, Olive Shells, Whelks, Scallops plus many unique species of Coral. There’s also small polished bits of colored glass that look like Gem stones. It’s all Treasure to me. And I never keep them I bring back every one of them. One night I pulled my car right up to the water and emptied all the boxes in my trunk into the ocean. I must have had five thousand perfect Shells. Why stop the fun when everyone can find them if you return them, right. It’s great hunting for them. Besides, if you ask me, (and I have a story I’ll tell you to prove it some time) it’s Bad Luck if you don’t.
So what do I do when the weather is bad and you have no underwater visibility, why surf, of course! Ok I never learned to stand up but Bogie Bording and Body Surfing is damn close and almost as fun. Yeah I know there’s no surf in Miami but when the wind kicks up there’s plenty. Even when it’s barely blowing it’s possible to catch waves with your body. I can catch one foot waves, why? Because I love getting stuff for Free and you catch little waves the exact same way as big waves. And they’re a lot easier to walk back out to catch another one. I’m like a dog chasing a stick out there. Some guys get to ride 90 ft. waves. We don’t have them on Miami Beach but we have something else…Hurricane waves. I went out the morning after Hurricane Wilma. There were dozens of surfers. I had fins. The wind blows the beach sand so hard it stings, leaving the beach looking like the surface of Mars. As soon as I swam out (without getting hit in the head by a surf board), nearly past the break line, I found myself looking up at surfers twelve feet above me on waves the size of a two story building. I’m getting the fuck out of here, was my first and last thought. I turned immediately and kicked hard as I could for shore. I caught a great wave that damn near tore my fins off and rode it half way back. EXCELLENT!, I thought. I did it! There were four high school guys sitting on the beach as I came out holding my fins watching me and the surfers. They all started clapping for me. I’ll never forget that day. I’m not bragging cause I was scared out there, but like I said, I surf too. Everything in life is relative. A lot of it depends on what your used to. Ya know what I mean? Ya know what I mean?
And, just hanging out, sitting, walking or even driving around on Miami Beach ain’t bad either. All the people are in a good mood, for a change. It’s like there’s just something else, it’s practically indescribable, in addition to the view, all that fresh air and Sunshine. Little kids freaking so happy squealing, and running in and out of the water, no one cares what they look like and everyone is in swim suits and almost nothing. I can’t tell you how many beautiful girls modeling clothes I’ve seen in that spot or girls posing for pictures let alone the gobs of them just being themselves laying in the Sand, Soaking up the Sun and playing in the Surf with all the Ships Sailing by. At that spot huge Cruise Ships and Commercial Steamships pass by just a hundred yards on the other side of the rocks in the Cut.
Oh and there’s the model on the Jetty, see I wasn’t kidding. They’re all over the place.
Thank you for letting me bloviate.
Solar is right here right now! It’s REAL!