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Having been a keen surfer since the late eighties, I can give you a reasonable list of the essentials: Press ups Pull ups Sit ups Burpees Swimming That's it. Seriously. All you really need to focus on is upper body strength and cardiovascular fitness, and you can do all of these without buying equipment. Technique can help a lot as well - when you arrive ...


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Wind directions are always given as the direction the wind is coming from. It would be natural for surf reports to do the same. This is born out by looking at Surfline surf reports for the West coast of North America. Surf is invariably reported as have a direction of somewhere in the western half of the compass - W, NW, SW etc. (excluding the 'inner' ...


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For years I used to wear Oakley Razor Blades when surfing (yes, I am that old...) but once I started to manage slightly bigger waves, even wearing a strap to hold them on wasn't enough. In reality, unless you are on small surf, you will have them ripped off when you wipe out, so your best bet is to learn to surf without them. You will very quickly avoid ...


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I would recommend Yoga. Yoga when done to the extreme is very exhausting, good for balance, and stability muscles. As trying to define yoga routines would be way to long of an answer, I would recommend checking out youtube for some tips. They even have surf specific yoga there.


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Tape is a useful way to do it, but you'll find it starts to tear up the neoprene fairly quickly. My preferred solution when it is cold enough to require boots is to get the high ankle ones and tuck them into the wetsuit legs.this then means the water doesn't go into the boots. In warmer weather suitable for a shortie wetsuit I just wouldn't wear boots.


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I'm sure there is lots of useful info out there but I recently watched this short film on Korduroy tv on fin design that I found very informative. The film discusses the notion that changing your fin setup can significantly change the way your board performs e.g. a fin that is more vertical with more surface area than one that is swept-back will pivot more ...


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Without knowing your level of physical fitness, I would say that the following points would be important to be able to enjoy surfing: Balance, critical for enjoyment of any "ride the thing" sport. Static legs, beef up those thighs to be able to brave the highest of waves. Stamina, run, cycle or swim to add to your current stamina (more stamina => longer ...


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Pretty much all my wind surfing equipment is used (I'm still just getting into it) and I've discovered that the best time to buy windsurfing equipment is at the beginning of summer, for a a couple of reasons: People who buy new are getting their new stuff for the year and want to sell off their old stuff to make room in their garage, or they need the extra ...


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Accessibility of the Break Choose breaks that you can reach before tiring, thereby saving energy reserves for the main event of catching and surfing waves. Avoid a long paddle! If legal and safe to do so, it might be possible to enter the surf from a boundary feature to shorten the paddle (eg: shoreline rocks, groynes, piers and harbour walls). Sometimes ...


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I recently went through this decision myself. Something I was told is you should be able to consistently stand up/catch waves on your current board before you move to a "harder" board. So by this advice you start on a foamie. I went for a cheap ($50) slightly used foamie. Of my 5 friends who also just started we split 2/3 foamie/fiber. I think the 3 that ...


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Temporary solutions until you can get a new leash Below is a list of solutions I tried. With any solution, use the repaired leash on small surf days and when the break has no beach-goers in case it fails again. As this page mentions, a new leash is a small price to avoid the risk of injuring another person. If the leash is broken in the middle with heat-...


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I can't specify beaches because I'm not in Europe, and I guess you don't want to be travelling all around the world looking for surf waves. It looks like you are after a shore break, but there are other possibilities like reef breaks. However, there are some generalities that can be made about waves and beaches: To get waves that are suitable for surfing ...


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Definitely do it, you can make enormous progress in 4 days! But take safety seriously in the ocean: Buy your own leash and carefully check that the connection to the rental surfboard is very secure. If you are anything but a very experienced swimmer then becoming separated from your surfboard in the ocean may be an unpleasant or dangerous experience. I’...


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I don't think there is a general guideline, however I did find a guide by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that has the calculations. The calculations for a Great White are on page 38, and the directions for the calculations start at page 13. I wish I could find a simple rule of thumb, but it looks like there is a good bit of math ...


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When learning, lying down on the board is perfectly normal, and you can surf a wave just fine like this (typically with a loss of agility as it's hard to move your body weight) and a board This happens for two reasons: The simple one you have already mentioned is being too far forwards. Especially when launching onto the wave, positioning is critical. You ...


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The disclaimer: I'm not a surfer but I've spent a lot of time working with composite kayaks, and I've done some rapid research into surfboard construction. The structure: Foam, stringer, fibreglass shell, gelcoat The polyester foam has minimal strutural use, it's primary function is to be a mould around which to wrap the fibreglass though it does have some ...


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There are three factors that might cause this. Lack of Paddling Speed If you are moving too slowly, you will be hit by the wave rather than catching it. You should be feeling like you are joining the wave. This will require some time to build up paddling strength and technique. The last three strokes need to be big. Stretch out long in front, submerse your ...


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Miguelmorin's answer is very comprehensive, and if you do want to make a repair, I would definitely recommend following his guidance, however: Your leash can be the difference between life and death or at the very least saves loss of your possibly expensive surfboard so it is not worth the risk of having it go when you need it the most, for example when you ...


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Do you live near the beach? If so the best exercise for surfing is surfing. As an avid surfer for 25+ years, this has been the case for me. Outside of that, swimming, paddling, and rowing are good alternatives. In terms of the goal of "not getting exhausted", focus on cardio. I rowed crew for a couple years in college. During that time, I was in my best '...


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Despite what others have said, your not going to want to 'seal' electronics into the board with fiberglass and resin. How would you access it if it breaks down? What you need is to encase the device with a means of access. For instance, a screw in cap with O-ring. The encasement gets glassed into the board with the cap exposed. Think leash cup with a ...


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You'd install it basically the same way you'd install fin boxes and foot strap inserts (youtube example), surfboards aren't much more than a big block of styrofoam wrapped in fibreglass and resin. Simply put, you need to cut through the fibreglass, and hollow out a spot to put your electronics, and seal it back over with fibreglass and epoxy, then do ...


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You might want to try a baseball cap that you're not really that fond of. I've safety pinned mine onto my wetsuit leash and it was okay-ish. A lot depends on where you are, and the differences between the tropics and higher latitudes can be really extreme. It also depends on how long you're going to be out for. Again, big differences between an hour surf ...


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The data from the old wind forecasts probably came from NOAA, and it's available here. The raw data is in the form of GRIB files. You can do a search for "GRIB Viewer" and find some apps that will work. You can also search for "GRIB KML", and might be able to download grib files in a KML/KMZ format that can be shown on Google Earth or Google Maps.


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Assuming that you are looking for the ideal conditions for a surfable wave to form, I will leave some of the conditions that I take in consideration Wind Direction. The wind direction is essential and ideally look for offshore (wind blowing from the shore). The speed of the wind is related with the size of the wave. The longer the wind blows the larger ...


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If you like Portugal go to the west coast of the Algarve in early Autumn. Arrifana is not that powerful unless the surf is big. There are a number of other spots around there e.g. Carrapeteira, Amoreira that work at any size. If the surf is too big on the west then you can head around to the south coast where there are plenty of spots too. I haven't been ...


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I have had boards that develop a crack like that, right through the foam core. I still use a board with a similar stress crack and it is stable and rides well. However, with the stringer broken like that it is just a matter of time until your board flexes too much and becomes unusable. Could surfboard sanding have made it permanently weaker? Perhaps, if ...


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In the Falklands, because the water is so cold as it comes up off the Antarctic peninsula, I always wore 6mm wetsuits even for kayaking. The two solutions we used were: talc. Yes, it gets wet, but really helps with seals round wrists and ankles a friend and solidly rooted poles or bars. Much easier to peel someone else out of a thick wetsuit.


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Should I start off with a soft board or a hardboard? Foam board for sure. Primarily because an early bad experience (e.g. injury) could deter a learner from continuing to try, and if you get hit by a traditional board you will feel it. They are also really fun to ride, they float well, they paddle nicely, and they don't get dinged. Spend a summer on a foam ...


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