Agua Fría

This morning I experienced the coldest water of my life. I've lived in climates with fairly cold water and surfed around the world, but Punta de Lobos on the coast of Chile, 3 hours south of Santiago held quite the shock this morning. Having surfed it (absolutely pumping) for the last few days, I was starting to get used to the excessive cold of whatever current runs the west coast of South America, however somewhere far, far south a southerly started cranking yesterday afternoon, dragging up the severely cold water of the Antarctic and pushing up the coast and down the point. It was a beautiful morning and amazing sunrise, but hitting that water and subsequently feeling my blood turn to ice was quite surprising. iI'm sure it will be the only time I experience successive ice cream headaches while wearing a hood in the water.