Posts Tagged ‘wipeout’

Common Surf Fears

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Everyone has experienced surf fear at one time or another

Everyone has experienced surf fear at one time or another


Surf fear. Who hasn’t experienced it yet? Everyone dreams of surfing a giant 30-foot wave, in Hawaii, Jaws, Mavericks, Todos Santos or Teahupoo, but sometimes fear simply drives your body away from it.


Having fear is normal. When you have fear of something, your body and mind protect yourself from what is supposed to be a danger or menace. It’s a natural instinct of defense and survival. There are many fears associated with surfing and wave sports. The most common surf fear is wave height. We fear to ride big waves for three reasons: the pure and “simple” wipe-out from the top of a giant wall of water, the chance of hitting a reef or a rocky bottom and drowning or the loss of breath.


These surfing fears are very often compiled into one: duck diving several set waves, while paddling to the line-up. As we’ve experienced a few bad experiences, our memory tends to recall them to issue a warning. Fear is always building layers, unless we battle or manage them efficiently. A smaller number of surfers refer the fear of sharkw, storms, lightning, currents and localism and being hit by surfboards as part of their inner surf demons.


There are some tricks that can be rehearsed to reduce fear of big waves. A good idea is to go swimming, instead of surfing. The process of getting used to a scenario helps you build confidence. The feeling you get 15 minutes after playing around big waves is completely different from the one you get when you arrive at the beach. Why? Because you got used to the environment.


Another way of fighting the surf ghosts of the past is by trying positive visualization, a technique of building strong positive emotions. Whether you’re already in the line-up or just dressing your wetsuit, try to imagine yourself successfully surfing a big wave. Repeat the process as many times as you can. One thing is certain. There is no pressure. You have all the time in the world to ride a 4-foot, then a 6-foot, a 10-foot and finally a 20-foot wave. Surfing is supposed to be an enjoyable sport. Take your time, build your own confidence and train rides by levels.


Then, you’ll know. Go for it. No fear. Source: SurferToday

Incredible Bodyboarding Movie Released

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010


Lots of bodyboarding action in "Familia"

Lots of bodyboarding action in "Familia"


Total bodyboarding action is what you can expect from the new movie “Familia”, to be premiered in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, on the 2nd July, at the city’s Centro de Artes e Espectáculos.


“Familia” was filmed in Bali, Sumatra, Tahiti, Figueira da Foz, Açores, Philippines, Mexico and Mentawai. The movie features several Portuguese bodyboarders such as Luis “Porkito”, “Xourico”, “Marreta”, Jaime, João Traveira and their lives around bodyboarding.


Huge wave rides, astonishing wipe outs and paradise beaches are all in “Familia”, a ‘No Fraangos’ production. Source:



Check out the awesome trailer.

Wipeout Of The Year

Sunday, June 27th, 2010


Check out some of these amazing wipeouts as big wave surfers practically cheat death as they are tossed around by these massive waves. I have to say that some of these waves look really scary and I think you have to be a little “out there” to even attempt these insane sized waves. Still, they are really cool to watch.

Extreme Bodyboarding Wipeouts

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010



Here are some really sick clips of insane bodyboarding wipeouts. These waves literally toss these bodyboarders dozens of feet into the air as crashing waves fall around them. These are definite brave souls for bodyboarding in these conditions.


Sunday, March 7th, 2010


After seeing some of these scary looking waves you have to wonder if these bodyboarders are playing with a full deck. I guess anyone who is active in any extreme sport could be considered a little “on the fringe.” But hey these videos are still fun to watch. In some instances the waves literally swallows the bodyboarder. Check out some these crazy bodyboarding wipeouts. Has anyone every experienced anything like this? Let me know and post a comment.

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