Saucers of Mud

August 15, 2008

An Extremely Important Political Question

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 10:56 am

What is the difference between “bodysurfing” and “swimming”?

Also (this is a real question) how come the ocean is salty and other bodies of water aren’t? OK, there seems to be an answer to that.

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3 Comments »

  1. Judging from the pictures, the critical thing is whether you do it in Hawaii. But seriously, I think when you bodysurf you let a wave take you, not moving your arms and legs.

    Comment by Matt's mom — August 16, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

  2. Yes, decadent coastal – maybe just west coastal – elites have a nuanced view of the swimming/bodysurfing distinction. Swimming is whatever swimming usually is; bodysurfing is catching a wave and using one’s body sort of like a board to catch a wave. I’ve actually never bodysurfed and haven’t been to the beach for a long time, so I don’t know if swimming while floating on a wave is discouraged.

    Comment by andrew — August 19, 2008 @ 3:07 am

  3. Pretend I didn’t repeat “catch[ing] a wave” in that comment.

    Comment by andrew — August 19, 2008 @ 3:08 am


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