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How To Pick the Perfect Surfing Board for Beginners 3

Posted on February 07, 2023 by Brooke Chaplan

So, you’ve decided that surfing is the sport for you. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a wonderful journey of learning and exploration. Now, it’s time to buy your first board. But how do you choose the perfect board? Read on to learn all about picking the perfect surfing board for beginners.

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Size Matters

The size of your board will affect how easy or difficult it is for you to catch waves and stay balanced while riding them. As a general rule, the bigger your board, the more stable it will be. However, bigger boards are also heavier and harder to maneuver in the water. So, new surfers should look for a mid-size board that is easy to control and offers enough stability while still being relatively lightweight.

Material Matters

Surfboards are typically made from either foam or fiberglass. Foam boards are more durable than fiberglass boards, but they tend to be a bit heavier as well. Fiberglass boards are lighter than foam boards, but they can be brittle and prone to damage over time. If you’re just starting out, then foam may be the better option since it will provide more stability in the water without being too heavy or easily damaged. 

Shape It Up

Your board’s shape also affects its performance in the water, so it’s important to pick one that suits your body type and skill level. For example, shortboards with round noses are great for experienced surfers who want more maneuverability but less stability in their rides. Longer boards with pointed noses provide more stability and buoyancy, which makes them great for beginners who need extra help staying upright on their first few waves.

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The Most Popular Water Sports Worldwide 1

Posted on June 14, 2020 by Brooke Chaplan

The sun is shining, the skies are blue, the kids are finally out of school – everyone loves the summertime! Whether its barbecuing, long evenings out on the town, camping, family vacations, or even just a solitary walk on the beach, there is something for everyone to look forward to. If you love to be near the water during the summer months, it is never too late to try out a new water sport – it could be scuba diving, water skiing, surfing, kayaking, or even good old-fashioned fishing. You never know what you might fall in love with until you give it a chance!

Water sports

Although there are some competitive, team-based water sports, the majority of recreational water sports do not fall into either of these categories. Swimming is probably the most popular choice for the casual athlete because it requires very little athletic ability to learn and is a family-friendly activity. Not only is learning to swim an essential life skill that could save your child’s life, swimming is one of the safest youth sports that is often chosen by mindful parents due to the very low risk of injuries to adolescent competitors, especially in comparison to other popular sports such as football, soccer, basketball, or gymnastics. Other water sports that are family-friendly include fishing and boating, which are also both safe and fun for everybody.

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5 Tech Surfing Products to Help Take Your Surfing to the Next Level 22

Posted on February 22, 2017 by John Harris

surfing-2Surfing is the most popular it has ever been. In a small period of time it has transformed from a lifestyle to a sport to a sport with a massive audience. Although there are a few vehicles behind its growth, mostly it has to do with technology. Waterproof cameras can now capture stunning footage and portray a perspective otherwise never seen before in surfing. Drones can capture crisp, in-the-action aerial footage as easily as we can snap pictures on our iPhones. These technological advances have given surfing a fresh glamour in the visual medium –haven’t you ever seen a surfing video and thought, wow, I don’t even surf and that looks amazing. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that now the tech doesn’t only film those in the water, but assists them too. With the impressive, dynamic new sports tech coming out each year, companies are striving to do the same thing for surfing. They’re succeeding.

  1. Smart-watches. Companies like Nixon have dropped new waterproof smart-watches that track data and location. We see these everywhere now, so it’s only right that they’re in the water too. The Rip Curl ‘Search GPS’ is an all-inclusive watch that allows you to track all your surf, speeds, and time in the water. It’s interactive with Rip Curl’s application, so later you can access your data and even send certain locations to your friends if you’ve scouted out that hidden gem of a surf spot. Casio dropped the GLX5600 – another impressive watch that features tide and moon graphs directly on the face. Meaning wearers will have a precise recording of tide and surf swell at all times. The goal here is to bring intuition, GPS, and livestreaming data to the water. With time, these watches will only age into smarter, more-capable machines.
  2. Smartphin. This piece of water-tech is among one of the community’s favorites. It’s basically a complexly-engineered surfboard fin that acts as a research utility for scientists. Research of what? The water. It measures acidity, salinity, water temperature, and more –then transfers all that data right to your smartphone or tablet. Which will, hopefully, then stream to a vast pool of scientists in so that they can organize and process the data. Not only that, but the Smartphin will help predict the best surf and the surfer’s personal data (speed, time on the water, etc.). Read the rest of this entry →

Carving Barrels: 5 Surfing Tips for Beginners 6

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Dixie Somers

surfingSurfing is about to become one of the best experiences of your life if you’re thinking of taking it up as a sport. But before you get out in the water, be sure to follow these five common-sense tips for beginning surfers. With a little thought and practice ahead of time, you’ll have a much more enjoyable time out there. Below are a few tips and techniques to practice.


1. Don’t Go Out Alone

The ocean is a beautiful and powerful force of nature, but it can be a dangerous place for those who fail to respect it. Know your limits and expect the unexpected. Ask any surfer how many times she’s been hit by her board or tossed against the reef, and the answer will always be the same: too many to count. Play it safe and always go surfing with a buddy. That’s just common sense, and it just might save your life someday.


2. Start with a Long Board

The key to actually standing up on a surfboard is balance, and when you’re just learning to surf, you suck at keeping your balance. But that’s okay! Everyone has a hard time at first. You need a surfboard that will stay as stable as possible in the water, so that means you want a board with both good length and width. Short boards are sexy cool and look great on Instagram, but if you want to look good in the water, then you’ll need a larger board to help you learn the basics and get past the beginner stage.

Too heavy for you to carry solo? Thank goodness for Tip #1. Team lift that battleship into the water and see how good it feels to actually stand up the next time you go out. Read the rest of this entry →

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Dale Murphy: A Hallmark of Excellence
      July 2, 2024 | 1:53 pm
      Dale Murphy

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was a standout player of the 1980s, remembered not only for his exceptional skills on the field but also for his exemplary character and sportsmanship.

      Born on March 12, 1956, in Portland, Oregon, Dale Murphy’s journey to becoming one of the most respected players in baseball history is a testament to dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for the game.

      Early Career and Rise to Prominence

      Murphy was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 13, 1976, at the age of 20. Initially a catcher, Murphy transitioned to the outfield early in his career, where he would solidify his place as one of the premier outfielders of his era.

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