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Best Surf Spots Of The Mentawai Islands

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Have you ever thought of surfing in the Mentawai Islands? The place is one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. The power of southern Indian Ocean storms is turned by the prevailing SE trades towards these amazing islands and amplified. The result is surf that is remarkably consistent and of unsurpassed quality. During the southern hemisphere winter, (late April to early November) the Indian Ocean is an over-active, groundswell machine. The best wave spots in the Mentawais are:

 

Mentawai Islands: loads of surfing spots

Mentawai Islands: loads of surfing spots

4 Bobs

 

One of the best warm up waves in the islands. It’s a right hander, fantastic fun and also very protected from most wind directions. Normally clean with a potential cover up on takeoff and a nice wall for limbering up and getting ready for the next great one.

 

Kandui Left

 

Kandui Left ranks as one of the fastest left-hand barrels in the world. Most waves are just too fast to paddle into and some of the biggest bombs can only be ridden with a tow-in from well out the back. In a couple of sections the wave backs off just a little and that is where the brave sit. Epic rides reward those willing to take the drop. Punishment is mandatory and it is a long walk back to the keyhole once you get washed inside.

 

Kandui Right (Rifles)

 

Rifles or Kandui Right is all about straight line speed. When the wind goes west and eases off, Rifles starts firing. Dead straight barrels for several hundred meters with clear glassy walls that will leave your head spinning. The take off area is intense and forget about shoulder hopping. The danger here is that someone is already in the barrel and you cant see them when you stroke in so take your medicine and wait your turn out the back. On its day there is probably no wave than generates more speed in the Mentawais yet is still makable and escapable.

 

7 Palm Point

 

A fun left-hander with a decent wall to carve. Most boats pass it by but it can deliver fun sessions.

 

Arik

 

Also known as Arik’s Right. On a big west swell Arik’s produces a spectacular high-speed barrel that barely backs off before it throws out again. The wave starts breaking way out the back with 500m rides possible. Needs a north or north east wind and a bit of tide. The coral here is unlike any in the Mentawai with deeply divided living reef that lurks very close to the base of the wave. Get over that and hold your line and make sure the camera is ready – images unlike anything else in the Mentawais.

 

Bank Vaults

 

One of the bigger and dangerous right hander. Good for photographs and video. Bodyboarders enjoy this wave.

 

Beng Bengs

 

Beng Bengs Left is an extremely good left that cranks on a mid size or bigger west swell. A 10 minute boat ride from Eco Bay Lodge. When E-Bay is out of control, Beng Bengs can hold the size. When E-Bay is a bit small or the tide too low, Beng Bengs pumps out mellow speedwalls and the occasional cover-up. A walk along the perfect white sand beach is well worth the effort.

 

For complete list please visit SurferToday

Best Bodyboarding Movies

Friday, June 17th, 2011

A bodyboarding movie is always a collection of unrideable waves, impossible maneuvers, stunning inverted airs and crazy wipe outs. A bodyboard film is the achievement of the impossible. Riders take the most extreme waves is the world in the harshest conditions possible.

 

That’s why the best bodyboarding movies ever remain in the memory of consecutive generations. Much of the boogie footage has been shot when VHS and Beta were the top domestic film recording formats.

 

Selecting the best films ever published in the bodyboarding world is always an unfair mission, but there are certainly a few movies that must be highlighted. In the last 30 years, some names have changed bodyboarding forever and have become riding and living legends.

 

Mike Stewart, Paul Roach, Guilherme Tâmega, Keith Sazaki, Ben Severson, Michael Eppelstun, Andre Botha, Damian King, Ben Player, Jeff and Dave Hubbard, Uri Valadao and Amaury Laverne are some of the world bodyboarding champions featured in these movies.

 

Bodyboard movies: it makes you jump from the sofa to the waves

Bodyboard movies: it makes you jump from the sofa to the waves

 

 

Sit back and relax. It’s time to watch the greatest bodyboarding movies of all time. Check out the best moments and learn a little bit more about who’s in and what they did to get there. The set is coming. Get ready:

 

A Blank Canvas

Against the Grain

Boogie Nation 9

Crave the Cave

Enough Said

Eppo’s Freakshow

Fu Man Chu

Hiding from Comfort

No Friends 10 “Decade”

Orange Juice

Pastiche

Ring of Fire II

Roam

Roam 2

Tension 10

The Ben Player Project

The Inside

The Lackey Project

The Road

Traverse

 

Source: SurferToday

Best Yoga Poses For Surfers

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Yoga has entered the world of surfing. The traditional physical, mental and spiritual postures from India have been adapted for surfer’s training and fitness. Wave riders have learned that many yoga workouts and moves are very useful for a complete physical exercise and to avoid injuries.

 

The yoga stretches and techniques could be done before and after the surf session. Surfers will boost their energy, stability, endurance, confidence and performance while keeping extremely focused for each single wave.

 

Yoga helps paddling and standing up faster. At the same time, these Hindu and Buddhist poses will help board sports enthusiasts to recover their bodies after each ocean sessions. There are several yoga postures and exercises you can try in your surf life.

 

Yoga: Rochelle Ballard (right) and conquered fan

Yoga: Rochelle Ballard (right) and conquered fan

 

The Padmasana, or “Lotus Pose”, is a classic yoga seated pose and requires open hips and consistent practice. It calms the brain and stretches the ankles and knees. The Bharadvajasana I, or “Bharadvaja’s Twist”, is gentle tonic twist for the spine and the abdominal organs. It is great for beginners and calms the nervous system.

 

The Adho Mukha Svanasana, or “Downward-Facing Dog”, is one of the most widely recognized and famous yoga poses. It’s a rejuvenating stretch and strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders. This is one of the poses in the traditional Sun Salutation.

 

The Utthita Parsvakonasana, or “Extended Side Angle Pose”, is a stretch along the top side of the body, from the back heel through the raised arm. It opens the hip joints, stretches the groins and releases the shoulders and neck. The Utkatasana, or “Chair Pose” works the muscles of the arms and legs, but it also stimulates the diaphragm and heart.

 

The Virabhadrasana II, or “Warrior II Pose” increases stamina, while the “Dolphin Pose” is great to open shoulders and also strengthens the core, arms and legs. The Ustrasana, or “Camel Pose”, improves the flexibility of the neck and spine and relieves backache.

 

The “Sphinx Pose” releases stress, provides energy makes the spine flexible and the Paschimottanasana, or “Seated Forward Bend” does the complete stretch of the entire backside of the body from the back of the head through the heels.

 

The Salamba Sirsasana, or “Supported Headstand”, improves respiration, calms the brain and strengthens the body. The Supta Virasana, or “Reclining Hero Pose” stretches the knees and intensifies the stretch in the thighs and ankles.

 

Finish your yoga session with Dhyana, or “Cross-Heart Kirtan Kriya Meditation”, a mantra meditation that practices mind control and encourages a renewed sense of peace and balance. Source: SurferToday

Best Food And Drinks For Surfers

Friday, May 6th, 2011

You are about to go surfing. Your fridge shows a banana, cookies, milk, yoghurts, a bottle of water, a beer and a sandwich. Should you eat and drink anything before hitting the waves? There are a few important and interesting things you should know about surf food. Before, during and after surfing. Experts believe you should adapt a meal or snack to the level of physical effort you are about to undertake.

 

So, if you have eaten the last meal three hours ago, it’s better to boost your body with something that will support paddling, standing up and carving. Avoid hot or too cold liquids and snacks. Never drink alcohol before a sports activity. Bananas and water are excellent to fight cramps. Surfers don’t usually eat or drink while riding waves. It’s not like in athletics where you can carry a candy bar in your pocket. There are special underwater bags for food and liquids, but we know it isn’t easy to carry them.

 

If you’re planning to surf for three consecutive hours, why don’t you stop after each hour for a light refueling meal? Remember, drinking water is never too much. Carbohydrates – that is glycogen – are very important for your muscles and liver. They help to maintain normal blood glucose levels, enhancing both physical and mental performance.

 

Sports dietitians say surfers should recover their bodies after surfing by picking food rich in carbohydrates, protein and salt. If you’ve just been surfing for three hours you might have consumed 30-60 grams of carbohydrates per hour, so it’s time to refuel your engine.

 

“Surf Food – The Ultimate Surfers Cookbook” is a collection of recipes from the world’s best surfers, featuring mouthwatering dishes to keep you both entertained and well fed. It is avalailable, here. If you’re looking for a surf training scheme take a look at this, here.

 

Water and bananas: very important for your surfing needs

Water and bananas: very important for your surfing needs

 

Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) has developed a few guidelines for your sports nutrition plan. Here are a few tips for surfers:

 

What to eat and drink before surfing:

 

Breakfast cereal, reduced fat milk and fruit

Porridge, reduced fat milk, fruit juice

Toasted muffins or crumpets, honey/jam/syrup

Toast with honey/jam/marmalade/vegemite

Baked beans on toast

Low fat creamed rice, tinned fruit

Pasta topped with low fat tomato based sauce

Jacket potato, creamed corn

Low fat cereal bar/muesli bar/sports bar, banana

Roll or sandwich with banana and honey

Fresh fruit salad, low fat yoghurt or low fat dairy dessert

Smoothie with reduced fat milk, low fat yoghurt, any fruit

Soy smoothies with soy drink, blended fruit

 

What to eat and drink during a three-hour surfing session:

 

1/2 litre of sports drink

300 ml of cola drink

1 sports bars

1.5 cereal bars

1 sports gel

1, 5 small or 1 large banana

45 g jelly babies or jelly beans

0.5 round jam sandwiches (thick sliced bread) and 1 tablespoon jam

Liquid meal supplement (2.5 scoops in water)

  

What to eat and drink after surfing:

 

Carbohydrate-focused:

Sports drinks

Fruit juice or soft drink

Banana sandwich Fresh fruit, canned fruit

Sweet muffins Breakfast bar, muesli bar

Sports bar

Carbohydrate + protein focused:

Fruit smoothie (low-fat milk, banana, yoghurt)

Liquid meal supplement

Breakfast cereal, milk and fruit Sandwich or roll including meat/cheese/chicken in filling

Baked potato, baked beans, grated cheese

 

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

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