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More Than Surfers In The Sea – Part 1

By | 2017-11-25T18:43:54+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Fitness & wellbeing, General, Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You’re Not Alone We stretch, and then in a ritualistic way, we wax up and paddle out. The silence at the line up is a blissful meditation that drowns out the rest of the world. It feels like we’re alone out there sometimes. But, the roaring noise of waves crashing is a wake up call that [...]

Lessons I’ve learned from surfing

By | 2017-08-07T11:38:56+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Live your passion, Surf better|Tags: , , , , |

For someone who grew up inland with no exposure to the ocean, I wasn’t a likely candidate to get hooked on surfing. But when it hit me, it literally changed my life. I’d always been fascinated by the sea, yet not brave enough to actually get in. I could swim, but the ocean seemed so vast [...]

How joining a surf club has improved my surfing

By | 2017-07-17T09:57:28+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , |

I recently read an awesome article about how to enjoy surfing more. The premise focuses on developing systems and habits, rather than one big goal, to achieve, sustain and even exceed your aims. It’s something that really stuck with me, particularly for someone who earlier this year, lost a lot of love for surfing. I started [...]

Shortboards vs longboards: which one’s right for you?

By | 2017-06-14T14:13:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , |

There’s a point in every surfers' journey where they’ll ask themselves which type of surfboard they want to ride - shortboards vs longboards. Unless you can ride both, have loads of money to spend on boards, or time and patience to experiment, you’ll probably need to put more thought into your decision. Take me for some example. [...]

How to overcome fear of failure in surfing

By | 2017-05-24T08:56:44+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever wonder if you’ll get ‘good’ at surfing? Then beat yourself up for being a failure when surfing doesn’t go your way? Of course you do. We all do it. But as you and I know, surfing’s one of the most frustrating sports on the planet. The learning curve’s steep, and progress comes in such tiny steps that [...]

Surfers burn out and how to get your surf stoke back

By | 2017-04-26T14:51:26+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you’re anything like me when you first discovered surfing, you threw your heart and soul into it. You had so much surf stoke! You ate, slept and breathed surfing, read every book and watched every video under the sun. You soaked it all up like a sponge, bought all the gear, surfed as often as [...]

3 tips for choosing a surf instructor

By | 2017-04-24T17:22:23+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , |

No doubt that surfing instructors are a luxury and don’t come cheap.  So, is it worth it? My personal approach to this is, honestly, I really don’t have time to waste.  If I was 13 years old growing up by the beach… nah, I’d be good.  I could probably just surf for hours every day and [...]

How to improve your pop-up as an older surfer

By | 2017-04-26T14:53:54+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , |

Unless you’re super fit, flexible, in your 20’s (or younger) or have been surfing for years, it’s likely you’re struggling with your pop-up. As an older surfer, it’s one of the hardest things to master and for some, it’s an uphill battle to try and nail it. The good news is that there’s no perfect way [...]

How to progress from the whitewater to surfing unbroken waves

By | 2017-04-24T17:30:47+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , |

Unless you learn to surf in a tropical climate, chances are you’ll catch your first ever wave in the whitewater. It’s a great place to practise your pop-up, build up your confidence and have fun without feeling pressured. Then one day, you look wistfully at the line-up. You want to be out back catching unbroken waves [...]

Paddling technique: how to catch more waves with less effort

By | 2017-04-24T17:55:55+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Surf better|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For decades, surfers have struggled through paddling. A means to an end. Studies have shown that over 90% of our active time in the water is spent paddling. Yet, most surfers still paddle inefficiently.Maybe surfers are biding their time until surf spots have chair lifts. But I wouldn’t hold my breath. Paddling doesn’t need to be [...]