I posted this on my IG @prizzle_78 but I figured it was worth a share here. I think this 7’2 Mabile Honey Badger may have just changed surfing for me; If not a full change — at the very least a new door cracked open. For the longest time I’ve ridden longboards, shortboards, fish, never fearing the options to explore, sans one - the mid-length. I think it was mostly pride and the self inflicted thought, bias, and rational that “mid-length” was nothing more than a hip way of labeling the dreaded fun-shape for mass underground-surf-style enthusiasts and their syndicated consumption. I easily veered around this brain rumor with a compulsive, cross-coast, craigslist purchase by justifying the need for an upcoming trip to El Sal, and something i could travel w/ for the softer point days and such. After watching Tan Madonna last night and the way Alex Knost flowed on that bonzer I sold myself on paddling it out today no matter what conditions presented in the morning. The head to occasional plus Humberto glass mounds rolling through were the perfect starting point. It felt so new to surf on something I had no ambitions of taking vertical off the lip, nose riding, or anything else that comes from true desires or self perceived pressures to push ourselves and each other as a water miscible tribe. I let go, I let the wave tell me where to go and when to turn (also when to eat shit to the tune of dozens or your water friends gasps, oh shit’s-fuuuucks and damns.) It really just felt good to surf for the pure feeling of fun and flow. I know this isn’t an original concept but it’s one I’m sure we all forget from time to time, and need to be reminded of. I was reading too deep into my own perception of something without ever giving it a try. As surfers we generally view ourselves as the open minded dreamers, but we all hold back. If we can read our true wants and what surfing really should feel like rather than look like, we can begin again, fresh, each new day. I think a quote from one of contemporary literature’s wisest writers stated it best when he wrote: "If you read with your eyes shut you’re likely to find that the place where you're going is far, far behind." -Dr. Seuss I Can Read with My Eyes Shut I think I can safely say my “mid-length crisis” has come to an end. Open every damn door.