India: surfing is growing here

India held the first ever International Surfing Association (ISA) Level 1 Surf Instructor course, in Mahabalipuram.

A total of 23 participants - 21 from India and two from Sri Lanka - had a chance to learn the theory and put their knowledge into practice, during the five-day program.

The professional training and week long qualification workshop was organized by the Surfing Federation of India (SFI).


Wipeouts: learn how to fail

The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) will promote a surf health symposium open to all surfers, at The Glasshouse, in Sligo, Ireland, on the 13th September, 2014.

"The Surfer's Academy" is all about giving back to the surfing community. Surf doctors want to share knowledge and tips on how to stay healthy into your twilight years.

The event will take place during the 3rd Annual EASD Conference, which will focus on "Taking Surfing Medicine to Extremes," between 9th-13th September, in Sligo, a surf town located west coast of Ireland.


Surfboard volume: there's an optimal ratio for all surfers | Photo: EthnoScape

The concept of surfboard volume is increasingly popular, although it has been used in windsurfing for a long time. Buoyancy is, in fact, a critical factor when it comes paddling and gliding.

For several decades, shapers wrote three main specs on the back of their surfboards. They were length, width and thickness. Volume, in liters, was never there.

Recently, former pro surfer John Whitney Guild proposed the inclusion of the volume ratio to rider weight in our surfboard knowledge, so that surfers could easily choose the best surfboard for themselves.