Posts Tagged ‘surf’

Surf A Webber Wave

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Artificial waves: boats can give a helping hand | Photo: Ryan Williams

Artificial waves: boats can give a helping hand | Photo: Ryan Williams

 

The Webber Wave Pools have announced the launch of the first commercial artificial wave model for theme parks and resorts.

 

Greg Webber, the man behind this Australian project, has been working hard on the concept since 2002. He has been testing the breaking waves produced by a boat wake in a river and then tank testing and computer modeling the final design.

 

Webber worked through the research and development phase with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in order to fine tune the commercial concept. Clear blue water, perfect waves, size of your choice, no crowd and no sharks.

 

This unique surf pool will provide unlimited and infinite rides in waves that can reach one meter per 10m of pool diameter. The waves break constantly around a circular island within a doughnut shaped pool. Each hull continuously generates 2 waves. The more hulls you have, the more waves you will get.

 

Full US patent has been awarded to Liquid Time Pty Ltd, the company behind Webber Wave Pools. The Australian brand is already open to installment proposals anywhere in the world and will be a serious competitor to Wavegarden. 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

Night Surfing

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Surf at Night: light is never a problem for surfing

Surf at Night: light is never a problem for surfing

 

The Portuguese surfers are getting ready for another “Surf at Night”, to be held in Cortegaça Beach, Ovar, in Portugal. The music and surfing event will be enjoyed from 12th to 15th August, in the north of the country.

 

The “Surf at Night” attracts thousands of pro and amateur surfers from all corners of Portugal. There will be a night especially reserved to all surfers (friday) and another one for invited riders (saturday).

 

João Guedes, one of the Portuguese rising stars, has been confirmed in the surfing event where you can only count with floodlights and the moon to enlighten the wave ride.

 

“Surf at Night” will also put up a large human chain in order to raise awareness for the coastal erosion and its effects in the quality of the waves and in local communities. Up to 1000 people are expected to join the cause.

 

Cortegaça is a beach break known for its quality right-hand waves. The wave spot is located near Porto, the country’s second largest city. Tickets for the “Surf at Night” event are available at www.last2ticket.com. Source: SurferToday

Best Surf Van For Summer

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Surf vans are the ultimate surfer’s dream. The best way to travel and complete the surf trips of our lives is by gathering a few friends and hit the road with surfboards, shorts, a couple of shirts and some pocket money.

 

In the early days, boards were transported in any car. California, in the west coast of USA, showed us it was cool and easy to check the surf spots with a bunch of boys and girls, music and beer with a few dollars for gas.

 

Some of the vans and cars of the 60’s are now vintage surf classics. Everyone wants to ride the coolest oldie mobile vehicle through the alternative coastal routes. Today, surf vans can be bought and rented. Fortunately, they are quite affordable and can be tuned to your preferences.

 

Surf vans: you don't need anything else

Surf vans: you don't need anything else

 

 

The Volkswagen Westfalia Camper is one of the most famous transportation vehicles for surfers. Owners of this true summer classic often meet in several countries to share their experiences and knowledge. There are several versions of the old model available.

 

The Ford Transit is one of the most popular vans in the UK. Many units have been converted by surfers and windsurfer. There are special guides online that help you customize the different versions of the Transit.

 

Many Fiat Scudo owners have also converted their units to surf vans, with a small space for a good night sleep and room for boards, food and accessories.

 

The famous Mercedes Vito has plenty of space for everything. You can easily build a surf palace in there with a bit of creativity and help from professionals. A fridge full of cool beers is possible.

 

Finally, the Renault Trafic is ready to become a surf classic. The first generation was built in 1980 and was a total success. The 9-seater version can be changed to fit your desired taste. It’s another great surf van for a couple of surfers en route to incredible surfing experiences. Source: SurferToday

Surf And Skate Industry Grows

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The US surf and skate industry is managing to keep the sales up, despite the challenging economic times. 54% of core surf/skate retailers believe their gross retail sales are up anaverage of 16% in 2010 from 2009 levels. The research conducted by the Leisure Trends Group and commissioned by SIMA also reveal a a shift in the industry’s core retail landscape. “We have seen considerable contraction in the independent wholesale channel and rapid expansion into mall chains and all forms of owned retail, and this shift is reflected in the sales data”, says Doug Palladini, SIMA President and Vice President of Marketing for Vans.

 

Surf shop: Still a good business

Surf shop: Still a good business

 

Total sales dipped 13.6% from $7.22 Billion in 2008 to $6.24 Billion in 2010, but things are getting better as the world economy rises from recession. Passion and youth continue to largely drive the surf industry. Surfers and skaters view the industry as a lifestyle, not a passing trend. Thus the core of the industry remains strong despite the tough economic times.

 

The loyalty of surfers andskaters to the lifestyle and sport is shown in the increasing demand for surf/skate footwear, wetsuits and hard goods as evidenced by the growth of these key categories.

 

“The good news among remaining core board sports retailers is that their opportunity is perhaps greater than ever,” says Sean Smith, SIMA Executive Director. “Surfing is a culture and sport defined by passion – it’s not a hobby or pastime for core participants. Even in a down economy, core surfers will keep surfing and youth will still desire to be apart of the surf lifestyle and culture.”

 

Footwear generates the greatest sales with $1.5 billion (up 8.2% over 2008). Wetsuits sales also increased to $110.4 million in 2010 (up 24.3% over 2008) and returning to a level not seen since 2006.

 

With 47% of total retail sales in 2010 being attributed to the West region, the increase in sales of wetsuits could be credited to the record low temperatures in Southern California during the year, as well as the evolutionary innovation and technology used in wetsuits the past two years.

 

The surfboard and skateboard hard goods category showed large sales growth in 2010 increasing to $1.46 billion (up 35% from $1.07 billion in 2008). As a strong emerging trend, SUP sales generated $14.5 million among core surf shops and accounted for 9% of total surfboard sales.

 

Boasting an average retail price of $1,105, SUPs are the most expensive product in the hard good category, followed by surf longboards, which average $691 per board.

 

Many independent core retail stores that have closed their doors in the past two years have been replaced by specialty chain stores or brand-owned stores causing only a slight dip in total surf/skate doors to 4,826 in 2010 (down 1.7% from 4,910 stores in 2008). Source: SurferToday

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