Many men have tried and failed to grow an epic mountain man beard. I, on the other had, have never had that problem. I didn't always have a beard, but after a trip to Vegas, I gave up on shaving for awhile and ended up with a beard. It's currently on hiatus, but could come back at any time. Who knows. Shaving every day is a pain. So, if you're not a every-day shaver, I understand.
Despite living in California for, well, forever (until now), I've never been surfing or skiing. But, I have been sky diving, flown in an open-cockpit biplane, and floated along in a hot air balloon. Next on my list is a helicopter.