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Who Has The Most To Fear: Man Or Shark?

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Ever since Steven Spielberg unleashed Jaws onto the world back in 1975 Sharks have had a really bad press. Throw in the yearly world news hysteria of ‘Man gets eaten by shark on holiday’ and you have a climate of fear built up around the Shark that is massively undeserved.

 

For if you dig just a few inches under the worldwide annual mortality stats you’ll see some shocking comparisons that beg the question, who has the most to fear – Man or Shark?

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Matt Wilkinson Wetsuit Show

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

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The land of love, France, boobs are the inspiration for the European wetsuit.

 

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New York, Matt Wilkinson cashes in with the dollar bill wetsuit.

 

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In San Francisco, peace and love is all around the flower power. 

 

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Wilko debuts his signature wetsuit series with a leopard skin, at Jeffreys Bay.

 

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Sunny Portugal, Wilko helps the local fishermen sell their fresh sardines. Source: SurferToday

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 Dog’s Guide To Surfing

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The surfer’s best friend has reasons to smile. Well, a very good reason to bark out loud. A.K. Crump has released the ultimate surfing book for sporty dogs. “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” brings the greatest stories, lessons, advice, movies, gear, and surf wear to anyone who has ever wanted to catch a wave with their four-legged pals.

 

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The Dog's Guide to Surfing: da good life

 

Whether you just like to stroll on the beach, play in the water, or get in the line-up, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” shows how to really be a surfdog.

 

For anyone who loves the antics of man’s best friend, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” is indispensable, collecting stories, lessons, and advice in one richly illustrated book.

 

For surf-lovers, there’s also plenty of information on surf gear and riding a wave, both with and without a pooch. From mounting a massive seven-footer to simply playing in the water, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” shows how to really be a surf dog.

 

Top surfers believe that dogs who learn to surf develop a unique attitude, knowing they have something that sets them apart from other dogs. From mounting a massive seven-footer to simply splashing around in the water, this book celebrates the simple yet profound joys of being a surf dog of any species.

 

Buy the book, here. Source: SurferToday

Hurricane Irene Kills Experienced Surfer

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Hurricane Irene: Deadly

Hurricane Irene: Deadly

 

A 55-year-old surfer lost his life after riding Hurricane Irene waves, off New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Frederick Fernandez was enjoying strong 5-to-7 foot wave sets in 20-to-30 mile per hour winds.

 

Lifeguards say he was surfing one second and then the next second he was floating. Apparently, the well known surfer has hit the bottom and suffered a head injury that left him unconscious.

 

The experienced waterman from Volusia was transported to the Bert Fish Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

Rip current warnings have been lifted as the Hurricane Irene storms the Florida coast and targets New York. Strong winds and giant waves have been spotted along the Southeastern US shores.

 

Hurricane Irene is a North Atlantic tropical cyclone and the first major hurricane of the 2011 season. Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles.

 

The world’s best surfers are expected to hit Long Beach, in September, for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York. Source: SurferToday

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