Wipeout: learn how to prepare for the worse | Photo: Quiksilver/Cazenave

Big wave wipeouts are no joke, and can be very destructive; causing physical - and psychological - injury or death. Even the best guys get axed. Surviving a monster wipeout is really about three things: water competence, awareness, and quick-thinking adaptability.

Water competence is a key to survival. It's no secret that the surfers who stand the best chance of getting through a huge wipeout are ones who are strong in all types of water situations.

Spend time out there not surfing as often as you can. Strong swimming and improved diving skills help develop better lung capacity and confidence under the waves. Leave your board in the sand and get acquainted with extreme wave conditions.


Triangulation in surfing: find a tree, face the beach and find landmarks | Still: The Bird

Waves, tides, winds, ocean floors and currents. In surfing, the game of natural variables in always changing. Learn how to triangulation will improve your surfing and the waves you catch.

Triangulation is the art of positioning in the line-up. Mastering triangulation is knowing where and when to be in your local break, or in any other spot in the world.

Lining up is basically picking the best take-off spot. Triangulation is a shifting game of adjustment to the wave's main peak. In other words, there's you, and then two other reference points.


Outerknown: Kelly Slater monitors the production of his eco-friendly surf wear

Kelly Slater has debuted the official website of his Outerknown surf brand.

It's on. Kelly Slater's own surf brand is online. "This is a clean slate," it can be read at Outerknown.com. The new business adventure has seen the light of day.

"The name Outerknown references the furthest reaches of our knowledge today. As designers, it challenges us to build better, more sustainable products," the surf company explains in its opening web page.