Asymmetrical surfboards: do they really work?

Kelly Slater has been testing asymmetrical surfboards, shaped by Channel Islands. Some say it works, some say it is another way of marketing surfboards. In the last days, Roy Stewart, from Olo Surfer, has strongly criticized the theory behind Channel Islands' new revolutionary product.

"The claim is that moving the stringer will change the axis of rotation of the surfboard. This is incorrect, as the axis of rotation is determined by the surfboard's area distribution and the position of the rider's feet, not by the stringer position", says Roy Stewart in his website.

The avant-garde wooden surfboard shaper says the above diagram explains the surfboard will rotate around the stringer position. "It will not. Leverage cannot be increased by moving the stringer position".

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Surf Books: learn the history and science of surfing

Surf books are the best way to learn about the history and culture of surfing. Classic surfboards, alternative lifestyles, surf memoirs, heritage, and science of the waves have been published in quality reading materials.

When waves are too small or too big, there's nothing like a cold beer or hot chocolate, by the seaside, with a good looking surf book in our hands. Time will pass and you won't notice. There's so much to learn and discover in surf books that you'll be looking forward to get a new one.

Surf books are usually written by passionate surfers or surf journalists. More than the usual surf industry propaganda, books about surfing have something to reveal. A new wave, a new surf destination, a new wave peak, the transformation of coastal regions, history of wave riding and lives of the surf legends.

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Ghana: 500km of waves

The International Surfing Association (ISA), the surfing world’s governing authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to welcome Ghana to it list of member nations.

The Ghana Surfing Association (GSA), led by President Charles Sampa, is now the country’s national governing body (NGB) of the sport. “It is great to be recognized! We are happy to be part of the ISA family, and we are eager to compete against other African nations as well as internationally,” said Sampa. “We hope that competing with other will help us improve our surfing level.”

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