Archive for September, 2011

Moon And Sun Effects On Surfing

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Sun, Moon and Earth: the tidal variables

Sun, Moon and Earth: the tidal variables

 

Tides are the sum of the effects caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon and the Sun, as well as the gravitational force of the Earth.

 

The Moon’s gravitational force is only 17% of the Earth’s gravity. The Sun’s impact over the Earth is 46% of that caused by the Moon. This means that the Moon tries to pull everything from the Earth, our planet holds everything, except water.

 

When the Moon is in line with one side of the Earth, it pulls the water causing the high tide. Because the Earth rotates on its axis the moon completes one orbit in our sky every 25 hours, we get two tidal peaks as well as two tidal troughs, every 12 hours.

 

Since the Moon moves around the Earth, it is not always in the same place at the same time each day. So, each day, the times for high and low tides change by 50 minutes.

 

When the Moon, Earth and Sun are perfectly aligned, the sum of the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon cause maximum tide or extreme tides. When the Moon lies between Earth and the Sun we get the New Moon. When the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun we get the Full Moon. In these cases both tides are 20% higher and lower than the usual tides.

 

The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia has the highest tides in the world. The Bay of Fundy holds a measurement of a 17-meter (55.8 feet) tidal range.

 

In many surf spots, surfing is only possible in low and high tides, when combined with a determined swell and wind. In other wave peaks, middle tide conditions may be the best moment to hit the surf. All these variables can be combined with the ocean floor and the shore geography to establish standard patterns for above the average surfing days. Source: SurferToday

The Surf Girl Handbook

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
The Surf Girl Handbook: women's surfing bible

The Surf Girl Handbook: women's surfing bible

 

More than 500 colour photos and 160 pages of pure stoke will pump all surfer girls’ hearts taking their surfing to the next level.

 

“The Surf Girl Handbook” is the new surf book published by SurfGirl magazine, in association with Roxy. It covers everything you need to know about surfing and takes you from total beginner through to standout ripper at your local break. You can buy it here.

 

Packed with priceless information, amazing photography and insider tips from the pros, “The Surf Girl Handbook” really is an essential reference for any surf girl. It’s like having your own personal surf instructor, lifestyle coach and fitness guru all in one book.

 

“‘The Surf Girl Handbook’ provides an invaluable guide for the novice right through to the semi-pro surfer wanting some tips to take their surfing to the next level,” writes top Australian surfer and world title contender Sally Fitzgibbons in the foreword.

 

“The book isolates the key manoeuvres and breaks them down, offering just the right amount of guidance so as not to make it too confusing. The photos of the pro’s performing manoeuvres really get your adrenaline pumping. The Surf Girl Handbook will inspire you to get out there and do it yourself.”

 

“The Surf Girl Handbook” includes sections on fitness, diet, travel, equipment, swell prediction, surfing etiquette, technique and the ocean environment. Source: SurferToday

Lady Gaga Goes Surfing In Mexico

Friday, September 16th, 2011
Lady Gaga: the karate-styled surfer

Lady Gaga: the karate-styled surfer

 

Lady Gaga is the newest surfing celebrity. The singer has enjoyed a few waves in Mexico, during a short summer vacation. The 25-year-old pop star has reportedly been taking surfing lessons while enjoying some time off.

 

Gaga was photographed surfing waves in Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican balneario resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas. She is taking off on a 2-3ft wave and preparing to go for a radical bottom turn in a karate-style position.

 

Lady Gaga was taking a break from promoting new single “You And I” and decided to pay $240 for her surfing lesson. “For a relative beginner she took to surfing really well,” said a witness.

 

“She started quite slowly learning how to bodyboard and then she was able to work up to standing – she made excellent progress.”

 

The picture was posted by Lady Gaga on her Twitter page and shows the star in a skimpy black bikini and standing on a surfboard with caption that read, “yeah thats me. no heels baby.”

 

The author of “Born This Way” is one of the many film and music stars that have already tasted the pleasures of surfing. Source: SurferToday

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