Thursday, July 20, 2017

4 Important Tips for Beginner Surfers

Surfing is a popular sport. It’s a fun summer activity that is also beneficial for your health. If you are a beginner surfer, these tips will help you stay safe and improve your surfing.

Make Sure You Can Swim Well
If you’re going to go surfing, make sure you can swim well. Like, really well. Keep honing your swimming skills until you can swim comfortably in turbulent ocean waters. People fall off their surfboards; it’s bound to happen. Be prepared.

Wax Your Board
If you’re using a hardboard, make sure to wax your surfboard. Unless you want to keep slipping and sliding on your board, that is. If you are a beginner, you should indeed be using a hardboard, not a foam one.

Study the Weather
You don’t need to be a meteorologist, but you need to be able to discern when it is a good time to go surfing and when going surfing is a terrible idea. Always look out for the local weather forecast. Check for important details such as wind speed. As you get more experienced, you’ll be able to quickly recognize how certain weather patterns will affect the waves.

Know Where to Surf
When starting out, you want to surf in a place where the waters are relatively calm. In addition, you should go surfing with some friends; never go alone at the beginning. On the other hand, if you go to a crowded place, the best waves will probably be taken by more experienced surfers. Go someplace where you have room to maneuver and practice but where you are not alone.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Safely Pack Your Surfboard

After a long flight, little is more disheartening than unpacking your surfboard to discover it has sustained serious damage. Fortunately, you don't need to rely on luck for your board to survive your travels unharmed. With a little creativity and a reliable board bag, you can keep your surfboard properly protected during your journey. Below we've listed 5 packing tips that will give you piece-of-mind while you and your surfboard are barreling through the clouds.

Choosing the Right Surfboard Bag
While you are shopping for a board bag you will have a few different types to choose from. There is the board sock, the day bag, and the travel bag. The travel bag is definitely the bag to invest in before hopping on an airplane. Although the other two types of bags are great for day-to-day use, they won't provide your surfboard with enough protection during a flight. Travel bags have thick padding and extra space for transporting more than one surfboard, which may come in handy.

Protecting the Fins
If your surfboard has removable fins take them off and wrap them in a towel before packing them in your board bag. On the other hand, if your surfboard does not have removable fins, you'll need to purchase a fin protector. Simply put, a fin protector is a special cover that fits on your fins and keeps them safe while you transport your surfboard. The protectors are affordable and a must if you don't want your fins damaged during your travels.

Strap Your Surfboards Together
When you are traveling with more than one surfboard, strapping them together in your board bag is the best option. Doing so will help lower the chance of them getting dinged in transit. You should also remember to put your smaller surfboards on top of your bigger boards. Placing towels between the boards is also smart and will stop wax from getting on the bottom of your board.

Add Some Extra Padding
Filling your board bag with some extra items, such as, wet suits, towels, or clothing will give your surfboard even more protection. However, if you are really nervous and want to up the padding on your board, you can always cover your it in bubble wrap before placing it in your travel bag.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Surfing 101: The Importance of Proper Surf Etiquette

Learning proper surf etiquette is just as important as mastering basic surfing skills. The rules were created to keep surfers safe and happy. Either neglecting to learn the rules or choosing to ignore them can lead to complete chaos. To help you get a better handle on surf etiquette, we've listed five rules below.

Know Your Skill Level
Don't pick a surfing spot that is way above your skill level. Doing so won't only put you in danger, but it's also hazardous to the surfers around you. At the end of the day, surfing in an area that doesn't match your surf know-how will frustrate other surfers and possibly end with you or someone else getting injured.

Obey Right of Way
Simply put, the surfer who is closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. As a responsible surfer you must learn wave priority; otherwise you'll end-up annoying the surfers around you or worse causing an accident.

Don't Monopolize the Waves
Nobody likes a wave hog. Even if you have the ability to catch every wave first, that doesn't mean you should. Letting your fellow surfers have a turn is an important part of surf etiquette. Ignoring this rule will quickly anger everybody around you and lead to mayhem in the water.

Watch Out For Snaking
Snaking is the act of paddling around another surfer to gain the right of way. Basically, you are cutting in line. Patients and surfing go hand in hand. If you can't wait your turn, you shouldn't get in the water.

Say You're Sorry
Mistakes happen and sometimes rules are broken on accident. If you unintentionally drop in on someone's wave or cut in front of a fellow surfer, a simple apology goes a long way. However, if you are constantly neglecting surf etiquette, saying sorry is not going to subdue the frustration and anger of the surfers around you.

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