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Surfing: Most Popular Articles

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Surfing Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania
Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania is part surfing dream and part surfing nightmare. Rocks and sharks and cold and sheer isolation make this wave something to behold, but also something to fear. Shipstern has moved the limits of surfing to a level most surfers hoped would never come. If you are thinking about surfing this unholy paradise, read this first.
What Are the 5 Best Surf Spots in Florida?
Surfing is Florida is frustrating, but like any stretch of coast, it has its moments and its jewels. Everyone knows Sebastian, but Florida can offer a lot more. Check out the top 5 best surf spots in Florida.
How to remove sea urchin spines from your feet
If your local surf spot is a warm water reef break, or you are planning to take a surf trip to the Caribbean or Bali, you will be bumping uglies with sea urchin spines soon enough. So how do you remove sea urchin spines from your feet?
The Top 5 Biggest, Gnarliest, Heaviest Waves in...
Where are the top 5 biggest, gnarliest, and heaviest waves in the world? You might be surprised.
Why the Funboard Is the Best Beginner Surfboard
If you are a beginning surfer, don't be swayed by the infinite choices of surfboards out there. Go for a funboard. Read on to find out exact dimensions for your first board and how to buy a beginner surfboard.
4 Basic Tips to Follow if You're New to Surfing
Beginning surfers can always use some basic tips to make sure every session is the best it can be and so they can learn to surf more quickly. These basic surf tips will have you shredding with a smile in no time flat.
What's the Best Surfboard for Small Waves?
Most surfers spend their days riding small waves. That's the sad reality, but many wave riders fail to take advantage of the numerous surfboard variants that can greatly enhance their small wave surfing experience. So, what's the best surfboard for small waves?
How to Choose a Longboard Surfboard
Longboard surfboards are insane for riding small waves. They are also great for beginning surfers. So, if you are looking to buy yourself a longboard, grab a gander at this handy piece that will help you choose the best board for you.
Best Surf Movies Ever
Surf Movies: A list of the most memorable modern Hollywood surf movies from Big Wednesday and North Shore to Pointbreak and Blue Crush.
Polyurethane or Polystyrene: Which Makes a...
What type of surfboard foam should you choose? Polyurethane or polystyrene? Most surfers are confused as to their significance. The decision used to be simple. Polyurethane foam is cheap and available, so it was the industry standard. End of story. But alternatives like epoxy resin and polystyrene foam floated to the top of the options. But what's best? Polyurethane or polystyrene?
Gearing up: The Best Surfboards for Summer
With summer fast approaching, you need to get outfitted with the right equipment. There are fish and longboards and short boards and hybrids. All the choices can make your head spin. But what's the right board for you and what will work best this summer surf season? Based on my reviews, here are the boards I think will help you catch the most waves and rip the hardest this summer.
Surfing Florida
It can be a waiting game,but good waves do come in this state with 1,197 miles of coastline and toasty water temperature most of the year.
How to Stand on a Surfboard
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How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make?
How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make? Since surfers negotiate individual salaries and their other income is so diverse, the industry has been notoriously mum on the issue. So let's delve into the fiduciary side of surfing and see if we can figure out if pro surfing is the career for you.
How to Judge a Contest Heat
Jay DiMartino, the guide at About.com, has written many articles on surfing, surf technique, and surf culture. board, surf board, surfboard, surfboard repair, surfing, wax, deck, fins, fiberglass, clean, fix, dings, sock, board, bag, board,
Original 54 Beater
The Original 54 soft surfboard looks like a stretched out body board and surfs like psycho little mini-fish. It floats and spins and slides and grabs waves easily. In short, the Original 54 Beater soft surfboard conforms to classic beginner board criteria. Read about my session...
How to Avoid Surf Rash
Surf rash is part of surfing. You can't totally avoid it, but you can take a few steps to lessen its severity.
Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time
Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time? Who would you pick? Do you agree with my list? If not, let me know.
How and Why do Quad Fin Surfboards Work?
Quad fin surfboards began their assent in the early eighties, finding legitimacy under the feet of Glen (Mr. X) Winton and have found new significance as the board of choice among modern surfing's elite in both small and big surf. The question is: Why and how do quad surfboards work.
How to Catch a Wave on a Bodyboard
The key to catching your first wave is to pick the right type of wave. When you first paddle out, you can simply turn around and let whitewater hit you from behind and ride to shore, but that excitement won't last you very long.
How to Ride a Wave
Learn How to Surf--How to Ride a Wave: Jay DiMartino explains how to surf (or angle)across the face of a wave. It's another step in learning how to surf for beginners.
Board Care 101
Learn how to properly take care of your surfboard. It is, after all, you most precious object. Am I right, brothers and sisters?
How to Catch a Wave
Just learning to surf and want to learn how to catch a wave? Look no further. Catching a wave is the most essential step in the surfing process, but it can also be tricky. Learn more.
How do I Teach My Child How to Surf?
Want to teach your child how to surf? Remember, nurturing a young love affair with surfing starts with you, the teacher, so be patient and follow a few simple steps and your child will learn how to surf in no time.
How to Choose the Right Surf Spot
Learning how to choose a spot to surf can be challenging, especially for beginning surfers. But this is the place to learn how to choose the perfect beach for surfing. Learn how a beginner can correctly choose a surf break to practice his/her surfing.
Which way should I place my surfboard on my car...
It’s been debated. However, simple aerodynamics and common sense prevails. Learn the proper way to position your board en route to your next session.
7s Superfish
The 7S Superfish is a great surfboard for any level rider, but I believe this surfboard would greatly help beginning surfers who may have trouble catching waves or turning their big beginner surfboards. This fish surfboard is loose and fast, and its innovative step-deck design gives it the feel of a thinner board while still being maneuverable in small, crappy surf.
How to Duck-dive
Learning to duck-dive is another step in learning how to surf. You can't learn to surf if you can't get out to the lineup and catch some waves. Duck-diving gets you under and past the oncoming waves. Learn more...
The Origin of the Shaka
The Shaka sign is a hand greeting that has been a fixture in Hawaiian culture for decades. The goodwill gesture is closely tied to surfing culture.
How to Paddle your Surfboard
Learning how to paddle your surfboard is essential. I mean, really, without learning how to paddle, you are dead in the water, so strengthen up those arms and learn how to paddle your surfboard and get some waves.
How to Become a Pro Surfer
Think you have what it takes to become a pro surfer? Then you better get to work early. New surfers are being born every second and the level of surfing is improving exponentially with each insane video clip posted on Youtube. Find out what it takes.
Different Types of Surfboard Wax
Surfboard wax has been a staple among surfers since the early 1900's, but changes and choice have taken this simple concept and diversified it into a more effective yet more confusing concept. So, what are the different types of surfboard wax? Read on...
How to Get More Speed
How do I pump down a wave and get more surfing speed? This is a good question since there is no maneuver in surfing that is possible without speed (except maybe a wipeout). And pumping will give you all the speed you need. You especially need effective pumping when you are surfing small, mushy waves. These tips will help.
Meet Big Wave Surfer Richard 'Frosty' Hesson
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.
Types of Surfing Waves
With so many types of surfing waves and surf breaks, it is essential that a surfer understands the different directions, personalities and myriad of different reasons waves break. Wind and swell directions as well as bottom contour are all variables to surfable waves formation. Read on...
How To Refresh and Old, Tired Surfboard
When a surfboard has been ridden hard, it eventually loses its vitality. This article explains how a surfer can easily infuse an old board with new life.
What is a "dawn patrol"
For those unfamiliar with the term, “dawn patrol” refers to a surfer’s arrival at the beach at or just before sunrise. The inclusion of the word “patrol” is idiosyncratic with the common conception of the casual surf attitude; however, the connotation of some militaristic mission impossible is justified.
Sebastian Zietz - Biography
Fast, radical, and packed with positive mojo, professional surfer Sebastian Zietz hails from Kauai, Hawaii and is poised to make waves on the professional surfing circuit.
Surfer's Eye: Pterygium Treatment and Removal
The general cause of pterygia is believed to be excessive exposure to sun and wind; however, genetics has been cited as a major determiner as well.
What is an epoxy surfboard?
What is an epoxy surfboard you ask? Every shaper offers epoxy as an option and it seems that everyone is riding one, but what makes an epoxy surfboard different from a board made with polyurethane resin? Read on...
How to Fix a Surfboard Ding
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a pro, you're going to ding your surfboard. And with minor dings, you don't want to drop your surfboard off at a surf shop to get it fixed. It could take days and cost you valuable surf time. So learn how to fix a surfboard ding and save money and time in the process.
How to Wipeout in the Barrel
If you are going to wipeout when you are surfing, then you should at least be in the barrel. However, there is an art to a good wipeout in the barrel. So read on and find out how to properly fall in the tube.
How to Improve your Paddling Power and...
Paddling is the backbone of surfing. You really paddle more than you actually surf, so it makes sense that being a strong paddler will help you become a better surfer. But sometimes, the ocean does not cooperate. Here are some non-surfing techniques to help you become a better paddler.
How to Buy a Used Surfboard
Why learn how to buy a used surfboard? The benefit to buying a used surfboard is that it will be much cheaper and (as a beginner) you will feel much less remorse as you ding and destroy said surfboard. Plus, buying a used board is better for environment. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you buy a used surfboard
Channel Islands Fred Rubble - Surfboard Review
Channel Islands' Fred Rubble is 2012's best selling surfboard. Check the review to see if it's worth all the hype (and your hard earned 700 bucks).
The History of the Surfboard
Here's a complete look at the history of the surfboard, from its humble beginnings to the shortboard revolution. This is part one of a two-part article.
How to do a Frontside Snap
The frontsode snap is both functional and flashy. A good snap in the right section of the wave can throw buckets of spray and put you in the sweet spot for the next maneuver. Learn how to do a frontside snap.
Surfing - An Introduction
Want to start Surfing? You don't have to be a superstar or surf scholar to get a big smile from waveriding. But if you're planning to learn to surf, it might be helpful (or at least fun) to understand the journey you are about to take.
The Top 5 Surfing Destinations in the World
Want to take a surf trip? Well, the world is a big place full of incredible waves. Allow me to break down the world's top 5 surfing destinations to help you make a more informed choice.
How to Complete a Floater
Surfers are finding new tricks every day, but the floater is a time-tested beauty. Combining weightless lip gliding, board control, and countless variations, the floater is a surf trick that takes some knowledge and practice. Learn more...
Who Invented Surfing?
Who Invented Surfing? For non-surfers, this question may seem pointless, but for surfers who see the art of wave riding as a spiritual and cultural touch stone, laying claim to the invention of surfing is an important one.
Josh Kerr - Professional Surfer - Biography
Professional surfer Josh Kerr is known for his aerial flips and tail wafts. Once considered too radical for prime time, Kerr is now a WCT soldier with a signature film, heavy monetary endorsements, and a shot at the world title. He is the trailblazing innovator of his own maneuver, the Kerr-upt flip, and a two-time Airshow World Champ.
Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Surfers
Beginning surfers often make mistakes when learning the ropes of wave riding. Mostly, it's just a matter of technique, but there are a few common mistakes new surfers make that can not only affect their surfing performance but also their safety.
Surf Party Theme (For Adults)
Looking for party theme ideas? Here you'll find all you need to throw a surfing party. Decorations, menu, dress, invitation ideas and more.
What are the parts of a surfing wave?
Surfers use every part of a wave for surfing. So naturally, surfers have a name for each part of a wave. Take a quick course in the parts of a surfing wave.
Parts of a Surfboard
Your surfboard is made up of several parts. Each section or part of a surfboard has a specific purpose. Understanding these parts is important when buying a new or used surfboard.
What is a Pop Out Surfboard?
Pop out surfboards are surfboards that are built from a mold rather than shaped from scratch. The surboard mold is based on an original shape and then mass produced by way of an assembly line process. This is a far flung approach from the the surfboard's artisan roots but is a sign of the times.
How to Get Ready to Surf Big Waves
Surfing big waves is the ultimate level of performance our sport has to offer. It requires a combination of mental clarity, emotional regulation, and physical endurance. So the bottom line is that even with all the technological advances helping hands, surfers still need to be ready for those moments in big surf when things don’t go as planned. In reality, plan on things not going as planned. And here is how you do it.
How to Hang Ten
Hang ten. To the general public, “hang Ten” is a term that has become synonymous with old school surfing as both a fashion statement and iconic catch phrase, but to actual surfers, it’s a serious longboard maneuver that takes style, grace, and balance. In some ways, it’s magical.
What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer?
What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer? It's not all barrels, babes, and beer. Today, pro surfing is covered by ESPN and sponsored by Target. While the waves remain the same, the sport has changed. Being a pro surfer is a job. Learn more...
Surfing History: The Best Surfing Documentary...
In the beginning, there were just random grainy clips of single waves or short session. However, not until the late 50's and early 60's did the surf video clip find its home among a greater narrative that is the surfing documentary.
How to Complete a Frontside Roundhouse Cutback
Want to learn to surf better now? This article breaks down the roundhouse cutback, one of the most functional and visually stunning moves in any surfer's bag of tricks. I have broken this move down into seven(that's right, seven)easy steps you help you learn how to surf better.
How to Avoid Shark Attacks While Surfing
Shark Attacks have been on the surfing map since the earliest days of the sport, but in reality, very few surfers are attacked by sharks (and much fewer are ever killed by sharks). However, if you want to lower your risk even more, you can use these tips to avoid a shark attack while surfing.
What skills do I need to be a good surfer?
What skills do I need to be a good surfer? Find out if you have what it takes to a great surfer?
Surf Safety Tips
Staying safe while surfing is easy. Just be smart! Okay, that sounds a bit too simple. We all know the need to impress your friends or some girls on the beach can push seemingly intelligent folks into incredibly dangerous situations. Here are some easy guidelines to follow to keep you safe while surf.
The Basics of Surfing Etiquette
Lots of folks write in with questions concerning the rules of surfing. Some carry the calm tone of a curious wave rider while others drip with anger and frustration stemming from a situation in the water. While recreational surfing isn’t governed by hard and fast “rules,” there are some specific behaviors and guidelines that become understood once you spend a little time in the water, especially in a crowd. These are the basic guidelines (prompted by questions from readers) that will make your next surf session civil and drama free.
Supersoft Soft Beginner Surfboard
To put it bluntly, kids have soft heads and surfboards have sharp fins, and this potentially painful fact does nothing to settle the stomachs of anxious parents as they watch their kids learning to surf. With each flailing nosedive, new surfers roll the dice one more time, launching the sharp, unforgiving edges of their surfboards skyward and waiting for gravity to set the stage for a B-movie horror scene.
How to Hang Five
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How to do an Aerial
It seems that these days every surfer knows how to do an aerial. Decades earlier, aerials were pure fantasy, but today any surfer worth his weight in wax needs to have at least one aerial variation in his/her repertoire. Learn how to do an aerial now.
Sun Bum Sunscreen - Review
Skin cancer is a real danger for serious surfers. You've got to have good sun screen. I had the chance to try out Sun Bum sunscreen and put it through 12 hours of surfing in the hot sun. How did it perform? Read on...
How to Hit the Lip
Learn How to Surf: Want to learn how to hit the lip hard? You came to the right place. This surf instruction article will help beginning to advanced surfers to blast maneuvers like a lip bashing re-entry. This article focuses on how to surf better and how to correctly bash, hit, and whack the lip of a wave.
How do I choose the right surfboard when...
Choosing the right surfboard is not easy. Looking to step off your long board and start surfing a short board? There's often a little gray area in this transition process. Read further if you're wondering what's a good short board to choose when transitioning from a long board?
Webber Fatburner
Vendor's Site If I was to play the search engines so that the right surfers find this article, I would
Is Surfing the Right Sport for You?
Learning to surf seems like a no-brainer. Get a board and some shorts, and you're out there. Pretty simple, right? However, surfing isn't right for everyone. But how do you know if surfing is the right sport for you?
Parts of a Bodyboard
Bodyboards are built to certain specifications. Each change in shape or construction nuance can affect the speed and control of the board or tailor its ride for specific riders and waves. Learn how each part of a bodyboard is important to the overall ride.
Taj Burrow
Australian pro surfer Taj Burrow has been chasing competitive surfing’s most coveted prize for more than a decade. With phenomenal talent, Burrow's surfing is insane and raw and futuristic, and he is looking for a world title win before his time runs out/
How to Buy a PWC - Jet Ski - for Surfing
Jet skis (personal water craft) have been around for decades, but more recently they have become indispensable in providing safety as well as a needed bit of torque for surfers looking to ride the biggest waves in the world. Learn how to buy a jet ski for surfing.
Mark Healy
Mark Healy is rediscovering the essence of big wave riding and redefining the boundaries of the rideable realm as he travels the world getting massive drops and barrels peppered with with some horrendous wipeouts. Learn more about surfing's soulful daredevil
Goof Board Balance Board
“It felt just like riding the Goof Board!” That was 9 year-old Indie’s summation of riding his shortboard the first time. That's pretty solid testimonial for the Goof Board since that was after a few days of practicing on this training/ balance board.
Gabriel Medina
Brazilian professional surfer, Gabriel Medina, came from nowhere to finish his rookie year in the top 12 of the ASP World Tour at the age of 17. Lightening fast and infinitely creative, Medina has put the old guard on notice. Learn more...
Liquid Shredder Element Softboard
Just as fiberglass surfboard construction is no longer the only game in “hard” surfboard technology, soft surfboards have also evolved. Case in point, I just tried out a Liquid Shredder Element soft surfboard. Well, I didn’t try it, but rather, my 7 year old son did. And I think he dug it.
What Makes a Shortboard a Shortboard?
The high performance shortboard is the weapon of choice for the world's top surfers. But what makes a shortboard a shortboard? How is it different from a longboard or fish?
Surfer catching a wave
Surfer catching a wave. Surfing / Bodyboarding. Page 17.
How to Stand up on a Surfboard
How do you stand on a surfboard? Well, it's the most basic, elemental aspect of surfing (stand up surfing that is). It seems simple, but standing up on a surfboard can be quite complicated. Learn how to stand up on a surfboard now.
surfer riding a longboard left
A surfer riding a longboard on a left breaking wave frontside. Page 18.
Fish Surfboards and Funboards
About a decade ago, the fish surfboard rose from the ashes of the 70's, offering surfers another option. The fish boasts loads of speed and maneuverability, but what makes a fish surfboard a fish surfboard? Also, the fish's strange older and more boring cousin, the funboard, is still another alternative to the average shortboard. Learn more.
How to Duckdive a Bodyboard
Learn how to properly duckdive your bodyboard. It's a helpful way to get you under breaking waves and out to the lineup more quickly.
Kook
What is a Kook? Find out in this dictionary of surf slang from About.com
How to win a Contest Heat
Want to win your next contest heat? Sadly, if you think that surfing great is how it's done, you are only half right. Today's contests require a whole new perspective. You've got to change your approach if you want those high scores by mixing great surfing with contest strategy. So if you want to win, read on...
Surfers Dig Their Surfboards
Surfers dig their surfboards, no doubt. They love their feeling. Their Smell. Their energy. For a surfer, a surfboard becomes like an extension of the body, a conductor of the soul. Surfers dig their surfboards and that is a scientific fact.
Stick
Stick is yet another surf slang term added to the surfing dictionary. Here you'll read a definition and sentence explaining the meaning of the surf term.
The 5 Greatest Surfboard Shapers of All Time
How can you judge artists? How can I claim to pick the world's best surfboard shapers ever? It’s not a perfect list mainly because shaping is an art form and it’s not impossible to completely gauge the subjective value of art. However, here is my best attempt.
Resin
Resin is the honey-like life blood of traditional surfboard construction. It stinks and is bad for the environment, but modern surfers love it and need it almost as much as they love the waves they ride. Why? Read on...
What is Surfing?
What is surfing, you ask? For hardcore surfers and new surfers alike who wonder about surfing's greater meaning, here is a delightfully fluffy but enjoyably true definition and answer to a question that elludes description and interpretation. What is surfing...Really?
How to Paddle Better
Better paddling will make you a better overall surfer. Paddling is how you get out quick, get in early, and snag waves from would-be wave hogs. Learn ho to become a better paddler now.
What is Surfboard Foil?
What is Surfboard Foil? Surfing / Bodyboarding.
How to do a Bottom Turn
In progressive surfing, above-the-lip tricks are dominant, but the bottom turn is the very core of good surfing. This often ignored maneuver is crucial, and learning a proper bottom turn will instantly improve your surfing.
What Do I Pack for a Surf Trip?
Surf trips aren't quite as simple as they used to be. But even with advanced equipment and a much more complicated and nuanced map of surf spots to choose from, surfers can still steal away with just a few basic travel tips.
Teahupo'o, Tahiti
Teahupo'o, Tahiti is both beautiful and fearsome for surfers. Teahupo'o is universally regarded as one of the heaviest waves on the planet. Find out why...
How to do a Backside Re-entry
The backside re-entry is a fun and visually exciting addition to your surfing. There are loads of variations to the backside re-entry which include hitting the lip or spinning a reverse, but either way you carve it, you need to learn how to do a backside re-entry. Learn how.
Where do the biggest waves in the world break?
Answer to surfing question about where the biggest waves break.
Basic Surfing Rules
Don't let anyone tell you that there are no surf rules, that surfing is a lawless free-for-all without a basic structure or rules. This free-wheeling art form actually consists of basic surfing rules that govern all surf-related interaction. So what are the basic surfing rules?
How to Buy Sunglasses
Surfers need to wear sunglasses religously! Here are some tips to help surfers and beach enthusiasts get the most from their eyewear and avoid sun damage and eye problems such as pterygiums.
What kind of surfboard should I start on?
What Kind of Surfboard? A long one. Beginners need a long board or at a minimum a fun board. A longboard is between 8 to 10 feet long and a fun board or fun shape is 7 to 8 feet long. Of course, you're tempted by those pointed, streamline arrow-shaped boards that all the other great surfers are slicing and carving up the ocean with and you can learn to surf on one, but they do make it much harder. All 6 to 7 foot, three-finned shortboards, called thrusters.
How to Make a Late drop
There are loads of great advanced surfing tricks, but making a late drop in big surf may be the most important move to learn. It can make your session and save you from a nasty hold down or a scrape across the reef. Learn how to make a late drop.
Anacapa Pro Standard from Al Merrick
Imagine that a company wants you to review a new product. You are thinking wax or maybe sunscreen. Not so…Instead, upon your doorstep, wrapped in cardboard like some massive Christmas gift on steroids is a brand spanking new, six foot one inch, brilliant white, squash tail gem designed by Al friggin Merrick! Yes, Al Merrick of Tom Curren-buried rail roundhouse-10 second tube ride-Kelly Slater-championship-deluxe-shred machine fame.
Peninsula Envy: Florida Surfing Explained
The Sunshine State rates on the surf-o-meter somewhere between Texas and Tahiti (Okay so it’s much closer to Texas), and its population bubbles with an uneasy amalgam of rednecks, tourists, and immigrants. At worst, Florida is retirement home that gets so hot in the summer that it’s almost unhealthy to leave your home before 5PM.The west coast is flat about ninety percent of the year, and the east coast is fickle even with a category 3 hurricane hovering off the coast
Surfer Dies at Pipe
Japanese surfer at Pipeline in Hawaii dies While Surfing.
What is Bodyboarding?
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Pit
The pit is the sickest and most heinous of areas on the wave face. It's the central juice-producing zone and most importantly the spot from where most great maneuvers originate. What is this all about? Read more...
What do I do when I get caught inside by a huge...
It's your biggest fear. A huge set is bearing down on you and you know you will be soundly pummeled. What will you do? Well, read on to learn what to do if you get caught inside in huge surf.
How to get Tubed Frontside
The tube is where you want to be. Sure, maneuvers are fun, but a good tube ride transcends competition and progressive performance. It's a clean line and perfect wave. A step back to the most pure and most satisfying aspect of surfing. Learn how to get tubed.
Shark Camo
Shark Camo shark deterrent stickers, laminates, and surfboards may save you from being attacked while surfing.
Top Surfing Injuries
Here's a list of the top surfing injuries. All sports bring along possible health dangers, but surfing is sometimes seen as a non-threatening activity. However, there are some common injuries a new surfer should be careful of.
Curve Lockdown Surfboard Racks
Surfers have done it all when it comes to finding a way to get to the beach. Stuffing multiple boards and bodies into compact cars (fins and arms hanging out the windows), frying and drying in the open bed of a pick-up truck, or lashing a pile of board bags to the roof are all surf travel standards. Heck! I’ve hitch hiked or paid off strangers just get from the airport to the beach many times.
What is a Surfboard Leash?
What is a Surfboard Leash? Where did the surfboard leash come from? Why do we wear surfboard leashes? Learn the history, mystique, and reasons behind wearing a surfboard leash or legrope.
Bonzai Pipeline - "Pipe"
Bonzai Pipeline (now know as Pipe), located on Oahu, Hawaii on the famed North Shore is the definitive surfing arena. Many dangerous waves have been discovered since Bonzai Pipeline was first surfed in Hawaii, but no wave can match Pipeline for its perfect combination of power, beauty, and pure surfing spectacle. Learn all you need to know about surfing Bonzai Pipeline, Hawaii.
The Flyin' Fish from Degree 33
A fish is a wide, thick surfboard with a gulping swallow tail. A quad fin surfboard has four fins for added speed and maneuverability. I recently rode and reviewed a quad fin fish surfboard from degree 33 called the Flyin' Fish. How did it go? Read more...
Clyde Aikau
Clyde Aikau is one of surfing's great names. In terms of performance and lineage, Clyde Aikau stands as a link from Hawaiian pro surfing's past and modern big wave surfing's future.
History of Surf Music
Surf music captured the fun and adventure of surfing. The history of surf music shows a genre peak in the 1963 but remains an integral in popular culture. Instrumental and vocal bands made up the basic categories of surf music. Learn more about the history of surf music.
How to Keep Surfing into Your 30’s and...
Want to stay fit and keep surfing into your 30's and 40's? It's not that difficult. Read about the simple things that can keep you surfing well into your golden years.
Surfing - Why it matters and why it doesn't
Surfing is no deep, dark secret. It's rather a bright, shining light for those lucky enough to love it. Let's explore our natural past time.
Surfing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro is a metropolis with rich cultural heritage, loads of beautiful people, and even some good waves to be had. The city and its surrounding country offer year round warm weather and easy access to waves. Learn about surfing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Surfing Cloudbreak – Tavarua, Fiji
If you have ever seen Cloudbreak spin off the reef miles offshore of the tiny island of Tavarua, then you have seen its perfection. It's one the world's great surfing wonders and the site of a yearly ASP championship event. Learn more...
Chandelier
A chandelier for surfers? Yes, this is one of the many new additions to the surfing lexicon. Like all language, surfing slang is ever changing. but the questions remains: what is a chandelier in reference to surfing? Read on...
Aggro
: Aggro is an adjective clipped from the word, "aggressive." Aggro normally describes negatively a person
Follow Your Head and Surf Better
Novice surfers often lack power and style in their performance. But there is an easy way to add more force to your wave riding. Learn how to do more committed turns by following your head. What does that mean? Read on...
Surf Mat Review - The Fourth Gear Flyer Fatty
I have always been intrigued by surf mats. They look fun and fast and totally unconventional. I finally got my hands on one. I put the Fatty from Fourth Gear Flyer through the motions over a series of fun surf days. How did it go? Here's my review.
Michel Bourez
Forceful and smooth, Michel Bourez is proving that you can succeed in modern surfing with just power and talent. Leave tactics and fireworks to the kids. Michel Bourez rips hard and rides the barrel deep. That's it. No fluff. Is that why they call him Spartan?
Surfing in the Azores
Situated prominently in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores is a volcanic archipelago with a Portuguese population, and a location that pits its coastline in a direct line of pretty much every swell in the Atlantic.
How to Surf in a Contest Heat
Surfing contests doesn't seem natural to most surfers, so it stands to reason that you should learn some practical strategies to teach you how to surf in a contest heat. Whether you're a novice or a pro, these contest strategies will yield results.
Stephanie Gilmore Professional Surfer
Stephanie Gilmore grew up in New South Wales, Australia. The long, winding point walls of Snapper Rocks became a canvas for her art where she developed her surfing, looking to Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson for inspiration.
Mike Stewart
Is Mike Stewart the best surfer of all time? This article may make even the most passionate sponge haters realize that good wave riding is eternal. Don't believe me? Read on.
Tips for Surfing a Contest Heat
Surfing in a contest looks easy, but if you have ever done it, you know that's not always the case. To take something as organic and artistic as surfing and force it into the confines of a contest heat is a challenge. Therefore, here are a few easy tips to maximize both your points and the fun in your next heat.
Surf Sun Glasses and Goggles - Reviews
Surfing Sunglasses protect your eyes from the effects of both sun and wind while you enjoy a good surf session. So, to help you navigate the different surf sun glass choices out there, I have reviewed some new brands. Read the review.
What is a foilboard or hydrofoil Surfboard?
You might have seen the commercials and the images of a surfers somehow floating high above the water's surface. That, my friends, is foilboarding. What what the heck? What is a foilboard or hydrofoil Surfboard?
Surfing The Wedge
The Wedge churns inside-out and then unloads without discretion to the delight of wave riders, tourists and general by-standers. The Wedge; so called because of how the massive swells drag on the extremely shallow sandbar, bounce off the jetty, and then collide into a massive pyramid of death; is located on the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California.
What is a Tow-in Surfboard?
The tow-in surfboard has become the ubiquitous tool of serious big wave surfers since the late 90's. Surfers from Hawaii to Tasmania to Portugal are breaking down boundaries that were beyond our imaginations. But what make a tow-in surfboard so effective for big waves?
Which fins are best? FCS or Futures?
Fins keep your board on track and allow you to push your turns deep into the pit, but with two solid fin companies (FCS and Futures) vying for your cash, how can you choose? I try to make sense of it all.
Backdoor
Dictionary Definition of surf slang term: Backdoor
Best Places to Surf in the Summer
Summer and surfing go together like...well...like two things that go together perfectly. The hot sun and perfect weather make for fun waves and epic adventure. However, not all parts of the world are good for surfing in the summer. Find out where to surf this summer.
Grommet
Surf slang glossary of terms from About.com
Are You a Kook?
Find out if you are a kook right here.
A-frame
A-frame? You would think we're referring to a house or some other structure, but instead, A-frames in this case are found in the surfing lineup. Surfing A-frames...what? Find out more.
Kelly Slater Reigns Supreme in Tahiti
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). Foster’s Men’s World Tour. Women’s ASP World Championship Tour. Teahupoo, Tahiti, May 5th - 17th, 2005. PRESS RELEASE: 730pm Tuesday May 17th 2005 Billabong Pro Tahiti Men's May 5-17th Billabong Pro Tahiti Girl’s May 5-15th SLATER RE-WRITES THE RECORD BOOKS WITH TWO PERFECT TENS TO WIN THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI.
Dave Rasta Rastovich
Professional surfer Dave Rasta Rastovich has trodden a unique path free from contest constraints and a judges' discerning eyes. Instead, he embarked on a simple world-wide campaign to play a little music, ride the greatest waves and save the world.
Locean Labs Naked Surf Liquid Rash Guard - Review
You hate surf rash. I hate surf rash. We all hate surf rash. But is Locean Labs Naked Surf Liquid Rash Guard any good at preventing surf rash? I put it to the test.
Australian Surfing History
Australia is the super power surfing. Once a land of criminals and castaways, the continent is now an Eden for beach goers and surfers. Australia's surfing history is rich and dynamic. Learn how Australia has changed surfing and how surfing has changed Australia.
Consider This before Teaching your Kid to Surf
This article is meant to inspire you and your kid to ride waves and have fun in a healthy way. Don’t go crazy. Stay cool and see if your kid likes it. He/she might not, and that’s cool too. So here are some ideas to take into consideration as you prepare to teach your kid to surf.
Blown Out
What does it mean when a surfer says the waves are blown out? Read to find out...
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