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Kiteboarding Tips From The Pros

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Susi Mai: many riders would love to hear tips from her

Susi Mai: many riders would love to hear tips from her


Kiteboarding is a thrilling sport with loads of challenges as you evolve with the passing of time. The professional kiteboarders have a lot of experience to share with amateur and free riders. Learing is the best way to success and improvement.


That’s why our friends at New Wave Kiteboarding have gathered the most interesting tips from the world’s best kiteboarders, while competing at Richard Branson’s BVI Kite Jam.


Shannon Best believes it is very important to check if your hands are in middle of bar while performing tricks. Susi Mai wants to you to prevent your knees from tearing by training to build up muscles and preventing injuries.


Kristin Boese says trick progressions should be done step by step, starting up with the less advanced tricks and working through to harder moves. Sander Lenten considers that is very relevant to ensure your kite is tuned correctly.


Youri Zoon is straight forward and motivational: don’t give up, keep trying, watch videos of others doing the tricks you want to learn. Madison Van Heurck believes safety’s first, so be careful while kiteboarding in high wind conditions.


Tommy Fields tells you it’s good to ride switch so that you can learn tricks in both ways. Pete Cabrinha has an useful advice: while riding waves, take a small kite and a medium sized board. Small is beautiful.


Andreas says a trampoline could be very useful to practice flips and spins and Bruno unveils the necessary steps to a Blind judge. Watch a complete video with the tips from the professional riders, here. 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:



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

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.

How To Choose The Best Bodyboard

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Choosing the best bodyboard for your height, weight and experience is very important. There’s a huge difference between riding light or heavy and big or small boards. Have you tried two bodyboards in the same day and in the same wave conditions? You’ll certainly notice several things. The best bodyboard for you might not be the best bodyboard for your mate.


With the help of our friends at The Bodyboard-Depot, let’s see what really suits you. First of all, how do I know which board is a good size for me?


The bodyboard should either reach up to about your belly button when stood on the floor, or fit between your chin and the top of your knees when held in front of you. The shorter the board the more your legs will be trailing in the water behind you, causing drag and slowing you down. If you surf in a variety of conditions and your wallet allows, your quiver should aim to have a bigger board for small waves, a normal-sized board for average waves, and a smaller board for big (or slabby) waves.


Mike Stewart doing his bodyboarding thing

Mike Stewart doing his bodyboarding thing



What are the different core materials and what do they do? The two main types of core material used today are dow polyethylene foam (PE) and polypropylene foam (PP). Dow has been used in bodyboard cores for decades, and although slightly heavier, offers superb flex, excellent projection and solid all-round performance when the water is colder.


Polypro boards are naturally lighter and stiffer than their dow cousins, but when stringered can be too stiff for many riders when the water is cold. Newer 3D cores incorporate both PE and PP foams in sandwiched layers.


What is a stringer? A stringer is a composite material tube that runs down through the middle of the board, effectively giving it a spine. This adds strength to the core, providing near instant recoil and increasing projection.


What is the difference with tails? Tails are the last exit point for water leaving the bottom of the board and different shapes have different effects. The four main tails are based on those of the ‘crescent’ and ‘bat’ shape. A general rule is the wider a tail the more stable and faster it is, the narrower the tail the more maneuverable.


The clipped crescent tail is a popular and proven all-rounder, holding the rider into the wave face with predictable bite and reassurance. The full crescent tail has narrower tail pegs which increase control and help dropknee riders lock in their trailing fin to help with turns. The bat tail was designed by Mike Stewart, in the 1990s, and is much looser.


What is a rail? Rails are the edges of the bodyboard which plane through the face of the wave. The steeper the rail angle the more bite you will get, increasing your control, but reducing your drive. The shallower the angle, the faster the board will be due to less rail resistance, but harder it is to turn due to the decreased vacuum. Rails generally come in either 60/40 or 50/50 guise, both of which provide a good balance and rail angle of between 30 to 35 degrees.


What is the chine? The chine is the area of the deck that bends round to meet the rails on either side. After the water has been displaced from under the board it wraps up over the rails and creates a primary vacuum sucking the board into the wave face. It then attempts to wrap around again further onto the chine, as it did the rail initially.


What is the wide point? The wide point is the widest part of the board’s template taken from rail to rail. The width and position of the wide point affects the flotation and maneuverability of the board. The wider a board is, the greater buoyancy it has, but the more difficult it is to turn. Boards have become narrower over the last ten years to allow harder and sharper turns in the pocket.


What is the nose-to-wide point? The nose-to-wide point is the distance from the nose to the board’s widest point and dictates the overall shape and template of the board. A higher wide point offers a greater surface area towards the front of the board which is more suited for prone riders who drive, rotate and balance from the elbow.


What board thickness? Bodyboards have become slimmer over the years, roughly down from about 55mm to around 51mm currently. Thinner boards have less buoyancy and speed, but increased maneuverability. Thicker boards boast bigger volume, increasing speed but hindering rail-to-rail riding. Where thinner boards are more agile and maneuverable in the pocket, thicker boards suit fast sections and big carves.


What is rocker? Rocker is the gentle upward curve of your board. Rocker should only be slight, and be focused more towards the front. The greater rocker you have the looser it will ride, but too much and you will have a dog. Likewise, the less rocker you have the faster it will ride, but the less maneuverable it will be. Broadly speaking you should look for a predominantly flat board. Rocker will naturally occur as the materials age – and exposure to heat expedites this. Deck foam naturally expands at a much quicker rate than the slick, so over time boards tend to develop the dreaded reverse rocker. Source: SurferToday

Cold Weather Surfing Tips

Monday, November 29th, 2010

As winter approaches for surfers of the Northern Hemisphere, some safety procedures should be taken into consideration. It’s cold, windy, rainy and snowy so you should protect your body for the physical exercise in extreme conditions.


The Irish Surfing Association has published a very clear and useful guide for the winter surfing sessions. Wave fans should have in mind that their health is first and that doesn’t mean they cannot enjoy the quality ocean moments.

Surfing in Alaska can be awesome but take care in the cold

Surfing in Alaska can be awesome but take care in the cold

Here are the main guidelines for winter time surfing:


a) Do not surf alone or enter the water as dusk is approaching or if you have been drinking alcohol.


b) Warm your body before and after surfing. A good hot chocolate or a tea is perfect.


c) Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates. Fruits, breads and energy bars are a good choice.


d) Always let somebody on land know where you have gone and when you will return. Avoid surfing alone.


e) Check the weather and tides before you paddle out. Learn to observe the ocean so you can identify rips, wind changes and other hazards.


f) If you are unfamiliar with a break check with local surfers or other water users before paddling out.


g) Ensure the waves you are surfing are of a size and power suitable to your ability. Do not get too confident. Stick to beaches until you become experienced.


h) Make sure your equipment, especially your leash is in good order. Remember it is much easier to spot a brightly coloured surfboard or wetsuit at sea in the event of you requiring rescuing. Consider other safety equipment_ nose guard and helmet.


i) When you “wipeout” do not come to the surface too soon and when you do come to the surface protect your head with your arms.


j) If you get caught in a rip do not try to paddle against it, paddle across it.


k) If you find yourself in difficulty stay calm, do not discard your board, wave one are in the air and shout to attract attention. Do not panic, help will come. Source: SurferToday

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