Surf Camp That Suits You

If you are not sure about your interest, there is no need to get top of the range equipment. However, make sure you have the right items before you get there. The more advanced you get, you will find that there are still as many places to visit, but here you will be in the same group as people who have reached the same level of proficiency as you have. Before booking, it will be best to check that you are going to the right place.

This is so because you do not want to end up feeling like an outsider and not getting the most out of the time you spend at surf camp. Camps will have an expert on hand to let you know whether or not the camp is suitable for you and may even suggest others if theirs is not. There will be a couple of ways to find a site that is suitable. You can either look up an area that you want to visit and see what is available there or select the level that you want and then see which of the locations is preferable.

As well as ability, there is cost to consider and this needs to be taken seriously as there could be other events that you want to try in the area. For many people, the main attraction is the knowledge that the people running the camp have the same interest as them, and a desire to help them improve their art. The environment needs to be friendly all the time and if going to another country it will be worth checking if any of the instructors or staff speak your language.

Even if you are a good surfer, there may be times when you need help and knowing that all instructors are trained to the highest degree, and that they consider the safety of the visitors as the most important part of their job. All the time that you are in the water having lessons, you will be accompanied by an instructor – as long as you choose a well-run company to deal with.

Now that you have decided on the best surf camp for you, all you need to do is check that you have the right equipment and that you know how to get to the location with your possessions intact. With a little research, you will be able to sort out the perfect stay at a surf camp and come away a much better surfer than you were when you arrived.

About River Surfing Gear

Boards

No single board works well for all conditions. Instead, most surfers will develop a set of boards that work well in their area. Some start with traditional ocean boards, but it’s not an easy way to start. It’ll be easier to learn if you start with something with more volume and a larger planing area than most ocean shortboards, and less length than the long soft top boards that most ocean surfers start out on so you can fit onto the wave. Look for soft top boards with significant rocker.

Save fiberglass boards for when you have your feet under you a little better, and don’t drive your board into the rocks quite so often.

Helmets

Helmets are nearly mandatory at just about every river wave. Look for something whitewater specific rather than a bike or climbing helmet.

Leashes

Wearing a leash is th eeasiest way to get killed river surfing. If you feel like you need a leash, get something as a quick release around your waist.

PFDs

A PFD is a good idea in high-volume rivers, particularly if you’re in a situation where you may be held down for a while.

Booties

Some foot protection is going to be important; most rivers are shallow and many urban corridors will have glass and other trash in the rivers that will cut up your feet if you’re not careful. You need to look for a trade-off between protection and feel for the board; generally you can get away with something thinner than most people kayak with, but test things out for yourself to see how much thickness you want.

Insulation

Unless you’re only surfing in the heart of summer, eventually you’re going to need something more than swim trunks to keep you warm. Wetsuits are the way to go here; a 2:3 wetsuit (2mm on the arms and 3 mm on the chest) can keep you warm enough for many conditions, though a 3:4 wetsuit isn’t a bad idea if you’re surfing in a colder climate. If you want to do things the hardcore route and surf through the winter, you may be in the market for a drysuit. They’re pricy, but they’re worth it if you’re building up ice on the banks or on yourself.

Surfer vs Paddleboarder

The paddle board manufacturers make a special paddle for paddle boarding that has a elbow in it to maximize forward movement. It is so efficient that it can act as a motor and causes paddle boarders to be able to catch waves farther out and quicker than their surfing brethren. So, it is important to remember surfing etiquette when paddle boarding to ensure that everyone has a good time. Do not just zip in and steal a wave because your board is faster. Paddle out and join the line of people waiting on the next wave. It is the polite thing to do and if you do not get out and mingle with the others, you are missing out on a big benefit of the sport. Paddle Boarder is especially maddening to surfers when the waves are low because even on a dead calm day a paddle boarder can head out and get some exercise while the surfers are stuck on the beach.

It is essentially a battle between the old and the new. Places like Ventura coast is known for its waves and still has a large crowd of dedicated surfers but other beaches are seeing more and more paddle boards. Mainly because it was brought to California by one of the legends of surfing, if he had not introduced it, it probably wouldn’t have caught on like it did. Before Larid Hamilton popularized it in California it was mainly a Hawaiian past time. Now that it is here to stay, paddle board retailers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand.

It is also much easier for people of all ages to engage in than surfing. Surfing requires a pretty decent level of athleticism and balance to master. Paddle boarding is just as good of an exercise outlet but it is easier to maneuver using the paddle. People from 10 to 70 are able to get out on the ocean or even a quiet lake and putter around on a stand up paddle board to enjoy the day.

Front Side Tricks in Surfing

Frontside Cut Back Trick

The frontside cut back trick will enable you to get in to the source of the wave with the aid of the rail of your board. You will achieve more speed for your next hit this way.

Go down the line and choose the wave with a sloping shoulder. Enter as you lean harder on the rail making for more speed. Start up with a bottom turn reaching the flats. Drive up the wave in complete speed at an angle of 40 to 60 degrees.

Begin a cutback while in the middle of the wave by bending your knees and shifting the focus of your weight from the toe side rail to the heel side rail. Ensure low center of gravity by extending the leading arms while your upper body is twist to the direction you are turning to. If you apply pressure to the back foot, the front foot will guide the board through the turn

While halfway in the turn, be low on the board, touch the face of the wave with leading arm, you will get control of a pivot point, while creating a tight powerful curve. Watch the tip of the board, straighten your back leg, focus your weight on the front leg that is fully bent, turn the board towards the white waters and finish the turn. Watch the waves while low on board and catch up with the next bottom turn or trick.

Frontside Roundhouse

To start up with a Frontside Roundhouse trick you should enter down the line, start up with a floater and you should catch up with the lip of the wave. Identify the section of the wave that will not break (or) the section that is flat enough. Start up with a bottom turn at an angle of 40 to 50 degree full speed up the wave with the aid of the back leg. This should be right in front of the foam ball enabling a turn hitting the edge of the wave with your backhand before the wave passes you.

While in the mid wave, by changing the focus of your body weight to the edge of your heel side you will be initiating a roundhouse. Turn your head with rail accurately focused, and leading arm reaching for the waters. You will complete the first turn when you drive the waves with your back foot guided by your front foot. Head back to the foam ball and perform a backside bottom turn. Travel as vertical as possible bounce back off the foam and continue with the next bottom turn with the speed gained.

Frontside Floaters

Frontside floaters are great to create sections in waves and to finish off any wave. Floaters are simple. Identify the edge lip, travel in the lip, re-enter back in to the wave. Start with the section that is about to break. While in the middle of the wave bottom turn at 20 or 30 degrees, stay on the top of the lip, move forward. Come out of the edge and make the best bottom turn when the wave slows down.

Safe Surfing Adventure

First thing first, do not embark on a surfing adventure unless you know how to swim. It is not just important to know “how” to swim, but also equally important to have developed your stamina for swimming. One should be a well-practiced swimmer, because swimming regularly develops strong muscles. It is necessary to be in full strength when surfing as one is frequently required to swim upon losing balance while surfing (this is very common, especially with beginners). It is advisable not to swim against the current. A tip to prevent neck injuries is not to dive into the water headfirst, but to fall flat and use your outstretched hands to identify any obstructions.

Secondly, your mindset is of utmost significance. One must realize that it is easy to get carried away, not only by the waves, but also by your desire to impress your friends or because you might be feeling extremely excited. Do enjoy yourself, but remember that safety comes first. Ensure that you do not choose to ride waves that are greater than your strength.

Timing is an important factor in planning your surfing adventure. Avoid going to surf right after dawn and in the night as these are the times when sharks are known to feed and hunt. Your choice of clothing is a fundamental part of planning, too. Bright and highly contrasting clothes as well as shiny jewelry are believed to attract sharks, so opt to dress less colorfully and definitely not at all in a flashy array.

It is best to take certain precautions before leaving home. Do watch the weather update to ensure that a sea storm has not been forecasted and also check whether the tide is high or low. Furthermore, do not go surfing if a shark has been sighted on that particular day.

Once at the beach, play the role of an observer. Observe the weather and the direction of the wind. Observe where the waves crash and also study others surfing at the time, so as to gauge the pattern of drifts as well as how much and when to paddle.

Lastly be sure to take friends with you, and stay reasonably close when surfing. Not only is it fun, it is considered to be safer as well, since sharks avoid groups and prefer to attack individuals.

Surf Stretches

“Look at those wallies!” he mused, “It’s 2 ft, what the hell they thinks gonna happen? Probably saw some pro- surfer do it on a dvd or something!”

At the time , I was just as amused, couldn’t understand the reason for doing stretches before a leisurely surf session, then one day I actually saw former WCT pro Danny Melhado stretching before heading out into 2-3ft onshore chop. I approached him and asked why he was stretching so intensely for these conditions, surely he wouldn’t get hurt in this, his reply opened my eyes.
“it’s not the size or the injuries I am stretching out for bro, it so I am limber and can perform better! Not worried about ripping a muscle, I want to rip the wave!”
After that I thought why not give it a try, I have never looked back since, my friend still doesn’t stretch before a surf despite my assurances, but I can’t blame him, he is from a different era. So in this article I will briefly outline a few of the stretches I do to limber up before I paddle out and rip!

  • I start by rolling my head around to limber up my neck, in surfing where you look is where you go and it is so easy to tweak your neck in the moment, just watch a slater dvd that guy rips his head all the way round in each turn.
  • Touch your toes, I tend to bounce down slowly letting my weight take me to full extension, don’t force it or you will cause an injury before you even get wet!
  • Pull my feet to my arse, stretch them quads, they are the mot fundamental part of any maneuver
  • It on the sand with 1 foot crossing over the other knee, then twist from the waist looking over your opposite shoulder, right foot over twist to the right
  • While sitting arch your back and reach for the stars, lock your fingers palms facing up.
  • Lastly I do a bridge, feet flat, reach back and place your hands on the sand and arch your back, with your stomach facing the sky.
  • Lastly stand up shake loose strap on the leg rope and go rip!

Build an Waterproof Efoil Remote Control

Currently, it seems everyone us using an electric skateboard remote control in a plastic bag to keep it waterproof. With this as your remote, you must lift electric hydrofoil remote control in the air when you fall, and also be sure you do not squeeze the bag and pop it open during a wipeout. Beyond that, handling something through a plastic bag is very slippery and tough to control.

This year it is expected that a waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control will become available. It is expected to have multi uses so the one remote can control an electric skateboard, efoil, electric SUP, and electric jet board.

The reality is with DIY builders attaching an electric motor to virtually everything these days a new multi-use waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control is going to fill a void in the marketplace.

There are several creators who have shared their concepts on various forums, but they have yet to deliver a final product that can be sold. This proves just how new the powered water sports segment is.

Only a few companies have a waterproof electric hydrofoil remote control but none of them sell to individual builders.

The key features of required for a high performance and long-lasting controller are: totally waterproof, buoyant, rugged, and automatically shut off the motor’s power once the board is more than 15 feet away from the rider. Meaning, if the someone falls, and the board is driving away, it will shut down for safety reasons. This project poses a variety of challenges for its design and usability.

With so many open source builders testing and modify all aspects of a waterproof remote, it has provided steep product development curve and has thus created some exciting designs and features

With builders in North America, Europe, Australia, and many other countries sharing their ideas and knowledge with each other there is rapid progress. This is an exciting time as DIY electric hydrofoils, jet surfboards and electric surfboards.

Electric hydrofoil are a way of bringing surfing to the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world. All you need is a body of water and charge efoil batteries. It will be exciting to see electric hydrofoils zipping by (quietly) on the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world.

Quickly Improve Surfing Fitness for Competition

  • Train in the surf for short periods of time at high intensities and practice specific movements you need or want to master. Perform twenty to thirty minutes of intense surfing followed by a fifteen minute wind down on the beach with some goal work, reflection and re-hydration time. Repeat this three to four times. This is one of the quickest ways to quickly improve your competition surfing fitness, especially if the waves are pumping.
  • Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. With surfing it is always good to play your strengths yet many surfers forget to focus on building their surfing weaknesses. How is your back hand, air game, small wave surfing, big wave surfing, etc. We all have preferences and strengths and we all have weaknesses. All round surfers have a knack for improving and working on what they need to work on and you can too.
  • Paddle Fitness is key for free surfing enjoyment and competition, so each time you surf use the first twenty to thirty minutes to work on speed and power paddling. Catch as many waves as possible and surf your brains out on each wave. Even take waves that may close out or possibly put you where you do not want to be (not advisable if the surf is heavy and huge). This training strategy on smaller days however, quickly forces you to, ‘get out of the impact zone’ by training your cardiovascular system and developing speed and paddle power which will carry over into better surfing fitness. Just remember to keep your head and body still and focus on powering through with your arms and having a high elbow with each stroke. Obviously faster more efficient paddlers means getting back into position faster and gives you more time for wave selection and getting priority as both a free surfer or competitor.
  • Power, rhythm and flow; get these ingrained into your DNA. Golf, martial arts, dancing, gymnastics for surfers, skateboarding, snowboarding can all help with your surfing training and performance conditioning. All are fun and easy to do and all quickly carry over into your surfing. Many of these sports or disciplines also allow for innovation that is also scored when surfing.
  • Surfing is a lot like golf. It’s all about consistency. The more consistent you are with your performance the more likelihood of getting consistently higher scores. If your surfing game is inconsistent, judges know this and their subconscious minds click in with ‘doubts’ on every wave they judge you on. So consistently choose good waves, surf all out and know that your highest score will be dropped. When you think about it – getting a perfect score for one wave means all judges must be scoring very highly and consistently across the board.
  • Practice big moves in big sections because that is what scores highly. If you fall then there is more duck diving, more impact zones and more challenge getting back into position. Combine this with mentally going over how to improve on the next wave, will all add to your surfing fitness and make you a better surfing athlete.
  • When you’re surf training in the gym do intense twenty to thirty minute sessions simulating heats and throw in some confusion. Get your trainer or surf coach to throw some curve balls into your surfing workout to distract you, put you off guard, to challenge you with mental games. Typically we don’t surf as well as we would have liked because of psychological challenges or external distractions, so practice dealing with these type of situations when you train.
  • Your cardiovascular system combined with stability and flexibility across the joints of your body is the base of both your flow and your surfing power. Find a trainer who surfs well and also understands and teaches all components of surfing fitness and not just stranded surfing exercises.

Kiteboarding Pro Tips

First things first, you should go out and find yourself an internationally accredited school or instructor. You may think that it’s all about danger and adrenaline, you might think it’s too rock ‘n’ roll for lessons but having a good instructor can save you money and time in the long run. Most accredited schools offer short introductory courses to long-term programs and usually have reasonable equipment rental costs. If you’re an absolute beginner and think it’s as easy as buying a big kite and an old surfboard then be prepared to look foolish. Granted, it may have been how the sport was invented but times and technologies have changed since then. A good instructor will stop you looking like a fool and will definitely save you from a few unnecessary cuts and bruises!

Secondly, you’ve got to be prepared to invest your time into the sport. The old expression that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is just as applicable to kiteboarding as it is to any other sport, hobby or pastime out there. A beginner student can probably get to grips with the basics in a day or two but it’ll take some serious time on the water to be confident enough to call yourself competent. Commitment is not necessarily a tip or trick as you’ll find yourself an addict within hours! If you live far away from your nearest body of water then now’s the time to save your pennies for gas money!

The third kiteboarding tip on the list is one that you’ll discover on your own: the internet. The internet is undoubtedly the most powerful learning tool of our generation, so make the most of it. If you want to take your surfing skills to the next level with some cunning trickery, such as handle passes, loops and board off maneuvers then try to find some online instructional videos that walk you through the moves step by step. You’ll be airborne in no time and pulling off the trick that you always dreamed of.

If internet and book learning isn’t your thing and you prefer the ‘hands on’ approach then by this stage in your kiteboarding career you’ve probably become acquainted with your fellow kiteboarders and local gurus. The kiteboarding community is one of the most friendly and helpful out there. Almost every kiteboarder on your stretch of beach will be happy to give you tips or let you in on a bit of local knowledge, so it’s definitely worth engaging in the social aspect of the sport too!

Speedsurfing For Fun

Speedsurfing is a lot of fun, if you have ever windsurfed or not, you can learn the beginnings of speedsurfing in a few lessons at a windsurf school. Speed is about 50km/h on normal days with no extreme wind. Pro speedsurfer can do near 90km/h in extreme wind strength.

There is a lot of gear available for speedsurfers, with over 20 different big manufacturers there is for everybody enough choice.

Speedsurfing is done by people aged from 10 to 70 years old, although the speed can be quite high it is not super dangerous. Most sessions are in a safe environment, the water is not really hard. This makes crashes even fun, but some crash training is advised to crash safe.

Open water at least 1 x 1km, wind between 12-40kn, windsurf gear. And some lessons to learn how a windsurfer works. In the beginning you can start on freeride gear which is easier to use, after having enough experience the formula 1 gear “slalom gear” can be used to gain extra speed.

A nice place to learn speedsurfing is Karphatos Greece, if you already have some windsurfing experience. Without any windsurfing experience any windsurf school will be OK to learn the basics. Try to learn on modern windsurfing gear, the newest gear is much easier to be handled, within 1 hour most can windsurf and turn. Gliding is learned in some more lessons.