Surfboard Designs Explained

  • The Longboard. As the name would suggest, this is a surfboard that can be anywhere in length from about 8′ to 10′ 6″, but many lie in the 9′ range. The longboard is the closest surfboard design available today to the original wooden surfboards ridden by the Hawaiians. Longboards are a popular choice as they are ideal surfboards for beginners, and favorites with many veteran surfers as well. Longboards are a great selection for beginners as they are long and wide, making them easy to paddle, easy to float, and very stable. This makes them easy for the less experienced to catch a wave and stay on. Longboards can also be a very forgiving surfboard for the surfer who has gained a few pounds and no longer has the physique of Kelly Slater. Longboards can come with several different fin setups including a single fin, thruster, or 2 +1.
  • The Shortboard is pretty much the opposite of a longboard in most ways. First up, the length is a lot shorter, hence the name. Secondly, due to the fact that they are thinner they are not as forgiving as a longboard and are best appreciated by experienced surfers on quality waves. Most shortboards will have a thruster fin setup. To pick up speed, shortboards require constant turning, allowing for great maneuvering. A shortboard will be a frustrating experience for the beginner surfer as there will not be enough stability or flotation to successfully catch a wave.
  • The Fish Surfboard is a newer surfboard design. Fish surfboard designs feature a board that is wider and shorter, with a flatter rocker, than a traditional surfboard. Fish surfboards also have a distinctive swallow tail. Fish surfboards are an excellent choice for surfers looking for fun on soft mushy waves. Fish surfboards will make a slow wave seem much faster, but their design can make them a little too loose for some surfer’s liking. Fish surfboards have great flotation and are easy to paddle and catch waves, making them a great choice for a surfer with a little experience.
  • The Funboard is a blend in surfboard design between a longboard and a shortboard. These surfboards are longer than a shortboard, allowing for easier paddling and catching of waves. However they are not so long that they can’t be turned easily. This surfboard design is great for small to medium waves, but not ideal for big waves. Funboards are well suited to the surfer looking to have some fun out in the water, and can be a great selection for beginner and intermediate surfers. Funboards usually have a standard rail shape, moderate rocker, and a thruster fin setup. This surfboard design is a great all round surfboard.

About Extreme Golf

So many people are so frightened to try something dramatic during their practice. They stick to the same movement patterns, or thereabouts, hoping that one day they will ‘learn golf’. This isn’t going to happen. You have to explore, you have to push boundaries, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

So why do people not do this? I know exactly why, because I have a confession – I used to be that person.

Often, a fear of making a mistake holds someone back from trying something wildly different. They are so frightened of topping a shot, or hitting a duff that they never really explore. This is a remnant of our evolutionary past, where an ancestor climbing a tree in a wildly different way may have fallen to its death. Luckily, you are not going to die by hitting a poor shot. Allow yourself to explore, fear free, during training sessions.

The other reason is a mis-belief. It is a common misconception that “perfect practice makes perfect”, one which has been unfortunately popularized by many recent books. But research in motor learning is showing that practicing ‘wrong things’ intentionally can serve a beneficial purpose. The fear of “I don’t want to mess up my swing by practicing something wild” is a belief I also used to have, which I have gladly tossed away.

One of my first lessons as a teacher, I tried to demonstrate a topped shot in front of a bunch of beginners. I couldn’t do it. The best I could manage was a slight thin which still flew high in the air and placed the spectators in awe.

I wasn’t any good at being bad.

This sounds, on the surface, to be a good problem. But it wasn’t – I lacked adaptability. That night, I chose to no longer worry about my own swing, and simply focus on making my players better and become better at teaching. So I went to the range late at night and practiced topping the ball.

I also practiced shanking, fatting, toe-ing, slicing and hooking. “My game is going to go to pieces” I thought. But, what happened over the next few weeks was astounding. I could now sense the clubhead with an extraordinarily heightened sense of awareness. I could hit any spot on the face I desired. I could move my divot forward and backwards at will, and I could hone in on a clubface and path which would send the ball flying to the target – all with ease. It was like I could see the golf matrix.

I had my first lesson in skill development.

Many years later, all of the scientific literature in variable, random and differential learning confirm that I was doing the right thing. My mind was blown.

Most golfers are destined to live the same poor golf week in week out, never improving. It is like there is a wall in their way that they just can’t get over. However, maybe they should jump over the wall and hit it from the other side. This is where extreme’s come in.

By doing something in its extreme form, you may have the epiphany/light-bulb moment which allows you to leapfrog your old, poor golf. Doing something in its extreme form may open up a new world of skill or understanding to you that you never had before.

For example, I have had slicers (who have an open face to path relationship) shut the face 45 degrees or more at address, until the ball is moving right to left in the air. I have had people who are constantly fatting the ball (hitting behind it) make a swing where they go clean over the top of the ball – leaving it there and making a divot in front of it. I have also had players who struggle with a shank to develop their ability to hit the toe of the club.

“None of these are desirable traits, but the ability to do them is a desirable skill which helps to hone in on the correct way”

You just have to let yourself do it. You have to get rid of the fear holding you back, get massively outside of your comfort zone, and allow yourself to make whatever mistake may come. Encourage the mistake even. Leap OVER the wall!

This type of training does not need to make up a big part of your overall session. If you are doing an hour, maybe 10 minutes of experimenting with extremes can be enough to push the boundaries of your skills levels.

The long term benefits of this type of training are huge, but be warned. In the short term, it may open up Pandora’s box. For that reason, save it for a training session earlier in the week. And maybe abstain from doing it around tournament times, unless you are experienced in it.

Used wisely, experimental forms of practice, such as variable, differential or practicing something in its extreme form can be very powerful tools, helping you speed up learning and leap over old boundaries.

About Tennis Under Pressure

If you can’t make them under pressure, it doesn’t matter, does it?

We are talking about being able to execute your shots under pressure.

Many coaches never bring up this topic to their players and I can’t understand why.

Anyway.

Here are a few tips for dealing with pressure better on the court.

Breathe

When juniors are under pressure, they sometimes stop breathing during points.

I have seen this play out on video and the player is always shocked when they see themselves doing it after.

So, next time you are in a match and feeling the pressure, breathe deeply for 25 seconds.

Inhale on a long count, hold it, then release it for a long count also.

After doing this 4 times, your breathing should be smooth and normal again.

Detach From The Outcome

This is the most important tip that every tennis player should learn on their own or be told by someone.

Never get emotionally attached to winning or anything else for that matter.

Everything is energy and you are either attracting what you want or you are pushing it away by the energy that you are radiating at in, any giving moment.

This is always the most important key to getting anything that you want in life, on the court or off it.

Of course you want to meditate too on a daily basis.

Why not meditate, on those 2 tips for 1 month straight.

Just remember.

You can never run away from pressure.

Serve Through Tennis Conditioning Drills

Because tennis is a game that insists on such intense hand-eye coordination, what many novice players resort to the any-kind-of-form will do as long as I return the ball. Unfortunately, that mentality along with a lack of tennis conditioning skills results in the leading tennis injuries of tennis elbow, wrist strains and rotator cuff tendonitis. While most experts agree that many injuries among amateurs occur during the serve, they also recommend some simple tactics to prevent them.

Know your limit in game play as well as during tennis conditioning drills. Do not attempt to play while tired and therefore not as focused on proper form and technique.
In relation to your strength and size, use the appropriate sized racquet as well as handle grip size
When serving, make sure the arm is at an angle to the body at more than 90 degrees
Do not have a loose, fluid motion to your swing. Instead, be firm in your grip and follow through steady on every swing keeping your wrist taut. This will help you guide the ball and place it where you want it on your opponent’s side of the net.
Make sure to engage in tennis conditioning drills that focus on strengthening your abdominal and back muscles. The power in the swing of a racquet comes from the core body strength and not from the wrist, a mistake a lot of novice players make in their game play.

Sometimes, some mistakes that happen on the court, a twisted ankle, an overused and misused wrist, require chiropractic care. Chiropractic medicine can also act as a preventative agent due to back realignments and joint adjustments that help with balance and posture. Players new to the game of the tennis have to take the initiative to do the tennis conditioning drills and get the healthcare necessary to gain a successful game technique

Why use Mark Norton? His extensive knowledge of exercise science, nutrition, human physiology, program design, movement analysis…. Those are some great reasons and all accurate but the most important the dedication to our clients success.

Why use a personal trainer? A trainer will progress you through an exercise program with proper form, the proper intensity level, progress the difficulty of your exercises to match or improve fitness levels. A trainer can modify exercises to help with existing injuries and help reduce the chance of future injuries. Trainers most importantly provide motivation accountability and consistency.

Surf A Bodyboard Once

Because of this amazing little board, millions have ridden their first wave. Today on any shoreline, you will see kids and adults of all ages riding these fun little boards. Although there are many different sizes, the original size was 42 ½”. Tom Morey said that he came up with this size because the Post Office had size limits and did not charge extra for boxes up to this size.

I should explain here that a bodyboard is not really a board. They are often referred to as a “sponge” because they are made from foam. The most common material used to make a bodyboard is polyethylene foam as the core, deck and side rails, with the bottom made from a serlyn hard and slick foam skin.

The boogieboard was the start of something new in surfing. Everyone could ride this little board. The people did not need to be experienced in the water. All they had to do was get in waist deep water and wait for the wave to come and let the water push them into shore. Young and old alike would ride up onto the beach with a big smile on their faces considering themselves surfers. Go to any shoreline in the summer and watch all of these happy new surfers.

It wasn’t long until Morey was selling the boogieboard in all of the surf shops, department stores, and also as a kit. Kids loved the kits because they could add their own individual decorative personal taste to their new boogieboard. Pretty soon they started getting real good at riding waves using swimfins as a way to pick up speed before catching the wave so that they could catch the wave before it crested and broke. Surfing all summer in their trunks and then into the winter with their wetsuits developed a new class of surfers. A professional Bodyboard Tour developed over the years and is still active today. The prestige event is held every year at the Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Mike Stewart the world renowned bodyboarder has won this contest 10 times.

At first, the beginners were riding the waves straight in, but as they got better they started riding the shoulder of the wave and going across the wave as it broke behind them. This is how the boardsurfers rode waves and this became the norm for the boogieboard riders with experience. By going across the wave, the bodyboarder develops great speed and gets the feeling that he or she is flying. The next step was doing rolls, spins, flips and aerials and other radical maneuvers that are beyond description.

It didn’t take long before the boogieboarders started interfering with the surfers and invading their territory, which were the best spots to catch waves. This created a lot of animosity in the beginning, but in most cases this problem has been worked out by the surfers and bodyboarders themselves showing mutual respect for each other. However, to make sure there was no trouble and to keep the soft “sponges” away from the hard surfboards for safety reasons, many beaches changes the rules and flew what they called a “blackball” flag to designate separate areas for surfboards and bodyboards.

But, I am digressing. What happens after the “new” surfer rides his or her first wave? The first thing they do is to go out and ride another wave and then another and another. It is like getting an infection and not having antibiotics to stop it. It just keeps getting worse and worse or better and better as in the case of surfing, because these new surfers are having so much fun. They become addicted to surfing. Once you catch your first wave, there is no turning back. You are hooked forever!

Many of these new bodyboarders are satisfied to never leave the shoreline and ride the white water or the small little shore break for the rest of their surfing lives, but many take the next step and go out into the lineup and learn to catch waves like the more experienced bodyboarders and the boardsurfers. Modern day bodyboards ride the board using a style called the drop-knee. This is where they are up on one knee riding in a semi upright position.

Many of the bodyboarders cross over to surfboards and ride both surfboards and bodyboards. Some switch permanently to surfboards. Surfing is like life, you have a lot of choices most of which are good.

The little bodyboard has added so much fun to so many millions of people’s lives. Have you ever seen a young kid on his knees or standup riding his boogieboard? How about a dad or mom riding theirs together with their youngster on the front of the board?

Tom Morey had a real vision when he designed and made the first boogieboard. He wanted a board that was soft, friendly, safe and without fins. The Morey Boogie was an offshoot of the canvas air mattresses called a Surfrider that he surfed back in the ’40s and ’50s as a young kid. Thank you Mr. Morey!

One big advantage for many people for surfing a bodyboard is the price you pay for them. They are affordable. Beginners can buy one for as little as $30, but as you get more experienced you will want one that is professionally made and designed for more advanced surfing. You will want one that is more durable, made with better foam cores and supported with internal rods to keep them from bending and breaking in the bigger surf. These more advanced bodyboards will sell for as much as $200 up to $300.

So my friends, you can see how this little board called a boogieboard or bodyboard, whichever you prefer, has changed the lives of millions of people throughout the world. There was a movie made called “Step Into Liquid” where they filmmakers took bodyboards to Ireland and put the Protestant and Catholic kids in the water surfing them together. There was no fighting as you would expect, only laughter and fun. This little board changed a hatred for each other that had been taught to them since childhood.

Tom Morey wrote the song “Buy Yourself a Boogie” with the wording “it will bring you a lot of fun”. It has brought fun and excitement to millions of people.

So my friends, if you haven’t already done so, go buy yourself a boogie and have some fun. You will be hooked for life! You will understand what it means to Surf Life and you will be able to apply this feeling to your everyday life!

Oak Street Surf, [http://www.oakstreetsurf.com], is an online surf shop representing the latest surfboard products. You can get a good review of top of the line surfboard types and designs including bodyboards, skimboards, SUPs and custom longboards and shortboards.

You can talk with Chuck to discuss in detail the various options for you to ensure that you select the proper surfboard type and design that will bring you surfing fun and success.

Chuck believes that surfing, whether it is bodysurfing, boogie boarding, board surfing, skimboarding or riding a Standup Paddleboard (SUP) will change your life forever. You will be able to apply the love you will obtain from surfing to everything you do and will learn how to Surf Life! What a joy!!

Basic Badminton Strategies

Single Strategies

A basic strategy when playing badminton singles is to serve far into the back court, forcing your opponent to move back. This opens the forecourt and allows you to make a shot closer to the net when the shuttle is returned. Of course, if your opponent is expecting a long serve, then a short one can throw them off balance as well.

The best strategy is to watch your opponent and play your shots to take advantage of their style of play. Your shots and plays should be planned to keep your opponent moving around the court, and not allow them to set up any strong shots of their own.

Doubles Strategies

Part of doubles strategy is how you position yourselves on the court. Side-by-side is considered a defensive position as you can cover more of the court, but a front-and-back position is an attack position. When attacking, the back player makes shots that open up space in the forecourt for the forward player to take advantage of on the next play. The most important part of doubles strategy is communication. Both players should talk to each other and make their intentions clear. Plan your plays based on each others strengths, as well as the weaknesses of your opposing team.

Mixed Doubles Strategies

When playing a game of mixed doubles badminton, the women usually take the front position when the men picking up the shots to the back of the court. With this arrangement, the women should try for net shots and the men should use horizontal drives or downward shots. If using a side-by-side defense position, then the men and women can take either side.

Overall, the game of badminton is not just about physical strength, but also mental agility and speed. Tactics are just as important to a winning game as the actual shots played.