Archive for April, 2011

New Bodyboarding Movie

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The bodyboarding community is fired up. There’s a new movie in the pipeline and everybody wants to know more about it. “Blow Up” is the latest stoke from the makers of “Grow Up”. Watch the trailer, here.

 

Jake Stone doing what he does best on a bodyboard

Jake Stone doing what he does best on a bodyboard

 

 

The film features Jake Stone, Ryan Hardy, Mitch Rawlins, Chad jackson, Pierre Louis Costes, Chris White and many more in their surf trips through South America, American Samoa, Europe, Hawaii, Las Vegas and South Australia.

 

Jake Stone and his new bodyboarding movie are touring Australia and premiering it in many coastal cities. The Innaloo Megaplex (WA, 22nd April), the Illawarra League Club (NSW, 29th April) and the Maroochydoore RSL (QLD, 1st May) will be showing and selling the new DVD. Source: SurferToday

How To Duck Dive Like A Pro

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The art of duck diving is something that all surfers should learn at some point. My nephew asked me only the other day about it so I thought I’d put together this overview of how to go about it should you also want to learn.

 

Think back to the last time you were walking past a pond or lake and saw what appeared to be a vertical duck attempting suicide – this is where the notion of duck diving originated from. The concept may first appear to be daunting; however, if a duck can do it…need I say more?

 

The intention of the duck dive is to smoothly pass waves, without washing out and being carried back to shore. It will mean you’re ready to take on the wave that is right for you without all your paddling efforts going to waste and being the butt of the joke in the lineup.

 

Follow these tips and duck dive like a pro

Follow these tips and duck dive like a pro

 

The steps to learning duck diving can be summarised as so:

 

• When a wave is approaching, paddle towards it and just before hitting the wave push down on the nose of your board with both your hands, similar to a push-up.

 

• As you push your board down and go under water, try to keep your body as close to your board as you can so as to reduce drag and move as smoothly as possible under the wave.

 

• With your hands still pushing down on the front of the board, put one foot on the tail of the board and push down, so as to submerge the rest of the board, and then release.

 

• After pushing down on the tail of the board with your foot, return to your normal flat position on the board and allow the nose of it to pull you up and carry on paddling as you come up to the surface again.

 

• And most importantly, remember to breathe before going under.

 

If you have successfully duck dived, you will have smoothly passed under the wave without any hassle and should be able to continue paddling as normal. If you have not successfully duck dived, you will most likely have a face full of water.

 

The longer the board the more difficult it will be to accomplish so bear that in mind also.

 

No one is going to be a pro after the first try, and what’s that old saying again? Practice makes perfect? Well that is bang on when it comes to this, and if you’re still having problems then check out this video.

 

Even some of the most accomplished surfers aren’t the best duck divers, so it’s not the end of the world if you’re not the very best, but the least you can do is try, right? Happy surfing!

  

Josh Aggars – About The Author

 

Josh writes about beach life, surfing, travel and more. His passion for surfing takes him to amazing places around the World and comes through in his regular articles as he explores all aspects of the sport. He sells havaianas flip flops to help fund his travels and is known to have the largest collection of animal flip flops anywhere in the western hemisphere.

Prince William Goes Surfing

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Prince William of Wales is an avid sportsman

Prince William of Wales is an avid sportsman

 

Married, but still a surfer. Prince William of Wales will enter a new period in his life. After marrying Kate Middleton, he won’t have much time available to hit the waves of Cornwall, the British surfing capital.

 

The elder son of Prince Charles is an avid sportsman. He enjoys playing polo and is an Aston Villa FC fan but he has already tasted the sweet feeling of riding waves in a surfboard.

 

It is now public that the Prince’s William stag weekend was a complete party. The secret celebration was held at an undisclosed location. Harry planned his brother’s stag do with 20 other close friends.

 

In the Southwest of England, William is believed to have gone surfing, racing speedboats and water-skiing. The Prince was seen paddling out in Speke’s Mill, Devon. Local surfers confirm he may not be a future surfing champion, despite having tried surfing for a few times.

 

The 28-year-old monarch had already surfed the cold waves of St Andrews, when he was studying in Scotland. At the time, Prince William was accused of dropping in his colleagues and friends.

 

“There’s no noise. It’s just you breathing. You’re in a different world with the fish”, he told in 2004. With less time to improve his surfing skills, William of Wales will be surely missed in the British line up. Source: SurferToday

The Infinite Surf Spots Of Australia

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Australia has a solid reputation as a fabulous holiday destination for surf addicts, and its biggest city – Sydney – is certainly no exception to the trend. There are thousands of incredible surf spots in Australia. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and West Australia and Tasmania have several different types of places: reef, point and beach breaks. Surfing in the Northern Territory will not be a good option.

 

Manly beach is one of the best loved of Sydney’s northern beaches and just so happens to be an excellent surfing spot. Many of the old tourist pamphlets liked to pitch it as being ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’, and the old-school slogan doesn’t stray far from the truth. There are many surf schools in the area as this patch is excellent for beginners.

Australia: The land of waves

Australia: The land of waves

 

For the experienced surfer, however, the real surf action is to be found at North Narrabeen. This spot is famous for its breathtaking beach breaks and this is where the cream of the local surfer crowd is to be found in Sydney. Beginners should check it out too. This is a great place to get tips from the pros and to marvel at the masters in action.

 

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete stranger to the sport, it’s often helpful to take advice from those who are most used to the conditions of the area you are visiting. Sydney Surf is a great surf instruction company, offering one off lessons as well as full weekend or week-long courses designed to match your needs according to your ability and your level of experience. Other useful local ports of call include Bondi Surf School and Manly Surf school.

 

Whenever getting involved in any type of water sport it is essential to be aware of the weather and wave conditions on the day. Where possible, check online prior to departure and if upon arrival you find that you are still in doubt, consult an expert. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboard Crash Test

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Crashing a kite is one method of quality control

Crashing a kite is one method of quality control

 

The kiteboarding industry has been developing ways of turning the sport into new safe zone levels. At the same time, kitesurfing brands are finding techniques that may increase the user-friendliness, an old problem.

 

Flysurfer, one of the leading kite brands, has recently launched its “Viron”, a easy-to-use kite that tries to better relaunch, safety and stability.

 

The “Viron”, says Flysurfer, makes it “practically impossible for the kite to get tangled on the water”. Their goal is to “building the simplest and safest kite on the market”.

 

 

 

And how strong and reliable is this kite? Can it resist storms and wind gusts? Well, check out how Flysurfer decided to test the quality of the new “Viron” below.

 

The answer is a crash test. Yes, a crash test in which two riders try to destroy “Viron” in a cloudy and windy day. Source: SurferToday

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