- 14 April 2011 | Surfing
Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever, Coco Ho, Monyca Byrne-Wickey and Malia Manuel are the stars of "Leave a Message", the new surf movie from Nike 6.0.
The surf film is dedicated to all surfer girls and presents the hottest female surfing outside of the competition circuit. These pro riders will show off their progressive attitude in the lineup.
Groundbreaking aerials and long barrels are common in "Leave a Message". The trailer is already available, and the surf movie will be fully downloadable in 24th the May 2011.
These girls have talent and prove how much they have evolved in the last years, comparing to men. The new generation of surfer women is preparing a revolution in the sport.
- 14 April 2011 | Surfing
Thurso East pumped clean 6ft (1.5m) barrelling rights for the first day of action in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland. Despite the cold winds and freezing waters, the surfing conditions were perfect for world-class performances.
The first 10-point tide of the event was claimed by Micah Lester, from Great Britain. The 30-year-old surfer rode a perfect barrel across the Thurso reef, in the first seconds of his heat. The large crowd on hand cheered him.
"In the first minute it just turned on and I lucked into a bomb. A lot of the waves have been pinching on the take off and then you have to pull into the end section. All the guys were trying to hold the inside position so I sat wide and when I saw the set I bolted across, took off and lucked into one that went from the start to the finish. The best wave I’ve ever caught at Thurso East.", says Lester, a man returning to the waves after a serious ankle injury.
"I was nervous for sure. Against Shaun Cansdell you know for sure he is going to pull something out of the bag but if the waves don’t come through they don’t come through. It is quite typical for Thurso with such long range swells," explained Lester. "They have to wrap into the bay so you will get a bomb set and then there will be long waits with the cold wind and the cold water and you have to make sure you get the sets."
- 13 April 2011 | Surfing
Surfing is a safe sport, but as in any other sport or physical activity, injuries can happen. Surfers are constantly in contact with water and with their boards, near sandy or rocky obstacles.
Waves are the nature of surfing, and run the gamut from small lappers to big walls of water. Accidents can happen in any size surf, so how do you minimize your risk of getting hurt?
First of all, if possible, pre-surf workouts go a long way to getting the body in shape for knocks and sudden muscle and joint movement. This can help you avoid things like lumbar sprains, cervical damage, dislocated shoulders, knee and ankle injuries. Fractures can also occur if the body comes into contact with hard surfaces with too much force.
The most severe surf injuries are caused by the surfboard (67%). The fins, the nose, the tail and the rail can hit you in your head, eyes, lips or ears and that means pain and blood. So, whether you're paddling out or kicking out of a wave, think of a surfboard as a gun, and handle with care.
Lacerations can be avoided with the protection of a good wetsuit, and also by practicing risk-avoidance, especially when near a jetty or in a reef break. Risk is manageable. Stepping into red zones doesn't make you a hero.
Cramps are also very common and can put you in danger, particularly if you're surfing big waves. If you cramp up, stay calm and ask for help. Skin is always to be considered, and must be protected against UV rays with a quality sun cream.
Surfer's ear and the pink eye can also cause damage if left unchecked. Wildlife in the sea can also cause misery. Some of the more familiar ones to beware of are sharks, seals and jelly fish. Learn a few tips on how to reduce the probability of having severe injuries while surfing. Also, start your surf training program.