- 30 November 2010 | Surfing
Surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders are Men and Women of challenges. The wave riders are always looking for new wave spots, unexplored coast lines, speed records, jump records and technological advances.
In 2011, there are several challenges to be conquered and completed. SurferToday.com has had a brainstorm session and brings you some ideas to be developed in the next year:
1. Artificial wave pools: there are several surf parks in the world, but perfection is still very far away. Surfers want long wave lines, size and a superior riding experience. Kelly Slater has started his Wave Company and may give a boost to this longtime dream.
- 30 November 2010 | Surfing
Gabe Kling and Lakey Peterson have been crowned 2010 ASP North American champions. The surfers from the East and West of the USA gathered enough point in the regional events to take this year's title.
Kling, 30, won the 6.0 Lowers Pro and placed very well in Prime surfing contests like the US Open of Surfing and the O’Neill Cold Water Classic California.
“With the level of competition being so high I’m really stoked to have won the series”, Kling said. The Floridian surfer recovered from a severe knee injury but has managed to consolidate his performances.
- 29 November 2010 | Surfing
As winter approaches for surfers of the Northern Hemisphere, some safety procedures should be taken into consideration. It's cold, windy, rainy and snowy so you should protect your body for the physical exercise in extreme conditions.
The Irish Surfing Association has published a very clear and useful guide for the winter surfing sessions. Wave fans should have in mind that their health is first and that doesn't mean they cannot enjoy the quality ocean moments.
Here are the main guidelines for winter time surfing:
a) Do not surf alone or enter the water as dusk is approaching or if you have been drinking alcohol.
b) Warm your body before and after surfing. A good hot chocolate or a tea is perfect.
c) Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates. Fruits, breads and energy bars are a good choice.
d) Always let somebody on land know where you have gone and when you will return. Avoid surfing alone.
e) Check the weather and tides before you paddle out. Learn to observe the ocean so you can identify rips, wind changes and other hazards.
f) If you are unfamiliar with a break check with local surfers or other water users before paddling out.
g) Ensure the waves you are surfing are of a size and power suitable to your ability. Do not get too confident. Stick to beaches until you become experienced.
g) Make sure your equipment, especially your leash is in good order. Remember it is much easier to spot a brightly colored surfboard or wetsuit at sea in the event of you requiring rescuing. Consider other safety equipment_ nose guard and helmet.
i) When you “wipeout” do not come to the surface too soon and when you do come to the surface protect your head with your arms.
j) If you get caught in a rip do not try to paddle against it, paddle across it.
k) If you find yourself in difficulty stay calm, do not discard your board, wave one are in the air and shout to attract attention. Do not panic, help will come.