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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

I'll assume what you do in the gym is pretty much an all-over workout aimed at general strength. This can be very helpful, but may miss some useful muscles. You may benefit a bit from some endurance ...
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Any swim goggles that may be beneficial for a surfer?

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, ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

I’d say three days is at the extreme end of recovery time, but as others have said, you might be using new, untrained muscles. My opinion, and speaking as a climber who has never surfed: you shouldn’t ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

Gym workouts are perfect for show off - they concentrate on the most spectacular muscles, but are neglecting the stabilization muscles, that are crucial for outdoor activities - like running on ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

The best thing you can do in order to learn to surf without actually surfing, is to swim. Front crawl helps a lot for surfing. You could work on your technique first, then on endurance, and then on ...
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What do surf report terms like "fading WNW swell" mean?

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 ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

It's probably normal. I teach surf preparation cardio workouts (paddling on a lake) and beginners are usually wrecked at the end of the lesson and it doesn't matter at all whether they do strengh ...
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Best time to buy used (wind-)surfing equipment

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 ...
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How to repair a surfboard leash?

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 ...
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Is a soft board or a hard board better for a beginner surfer?

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 ...
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How to repair a surfboard leash?

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 ...
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Learning to Surf in Goa - Your advice

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. ...
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Can I guess the size of a shark by the size of its dorsal fin?

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 ...
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What are surfing spots that are equally safe as Peniche (Portugal) but with somewhat smaller waves?

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 ...
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Nose-diving when catching a wave on a longboard

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 ...
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Could surfboard sanding have made it permanently weaker?

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 ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

My experience was that muscle soreness feels quite debilitating early in the day, but is relieved by repeating the exercise and you forget about it after a half hour. Go ahead and take another lesson ...
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Nose-diving when catching a wave on a longboard

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 ...
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Putting electronics inside a surfboard?

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 ...
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Putting electronics inside a surfboard?

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. ...
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Any swim goggles that may be beneficial for a surfer?

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 ...
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Indicators of good Atlantic Ocean surf conditions

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 ...
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Could surfboard sanding have made it permanently weaker?

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 ...
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What are surfing spots that are equally safe as Peniche (Portugal) but with somewhat smaller waves?

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, ...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

Different muscles How much work do you do in the gym to focus on twisting? When you're working with weights, your movements are almost always linear. I've only played with surfboards, but I know you'...
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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?

It is absolutely normal to take that long to recover at first! Don't lose hope :) It gets much better. After a few months you'll be able to go back to back days surfing and just feel tired without too ...
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How to get out of thicker wetsuits efficiently and quickly?

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 ...
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Is a soft board or a hard board better for a beginner surfer?

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 ...
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Is a soft board or a hard board better for a beginner surfer?

Generally it's recommended to get a "foamie" as your first board, mostly because they're relatively cheap so if you don't commit to the sport you're not so much out of pocket on the attempt. By the ...
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