Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Theres no waves, but that doesnt mean you should not stop checking out my surf report for 18th street on swellinfo.com
I have some pics of two of my bras spongin in the OC slop that i will be posting up soon enough
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Next on the list is that article i am supposed to be getting out. It has been going kinda slow, but i'm makin small progress eachday... sorta. I don't see anyone else doing productive shit so lay of me a lil.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Since this post is titled,"Latest Jabbers," I'm going to jabber for a bit. Assateaque, however you spell it, was really crowded. I like people at assateaque because there is alot of wild life out there which freaks me out when I'm out there alone. Seriously though, stop snaking people and being uncooth. Nobody likes it and its only gonna get your tires flattened in the end.
Lastly, I'm still working on that feature surprise article, but since I do construction full time for the summer, I am really tired when I get home. Also, since I'm jabbering, look foward to more pics on the site, i need to get a better lense. Thats all for now.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Second on the list is that contest coverage that I have been saying I am going to do and have not yet because I have this job and everything because I need money because nobody wants to pay me for the stuff i right and those bills come way to often in the mail and the reason people don't want my stuff is because this is a really long run-on sentence with horrible english and puncutation and filled with spelling mistakes.
Lastly on the new list of stuff is I am currently working on a new feature article, can't tell ya what it is because thats no fun- be sure to check it out, however.
Go surf, just stay out of my way.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Everybody lives in different locations and surfs for different reasons. However, no one is content with surfing at the same skill level their whole lives- we all want to be better. Surfing at your prime does not come easy. It takes training. Yes, surfing is a sport and takes training and practice. Since the pros have nothing better to do during their day other than get better at surfing, they hire trainers or make up their own routine to keep their minds acute and their surfing the best that it can be. So why can't the rest of the surfing population better their surfing?
First and foremost is preparation. Many pros get up before sunrise to stretch before they do anything else. The average surfer that works a day job does not have to stretch for an hour before they go to work everyday, but since the day job worker is also the majority of the weekend warriors, sitting at that desk all day and then cranking out a nine hour surf session on Saturday and Sunday can be hard on the body.
Surfing for a long period of time, especially doing it sporadically can eventually develop into spine, hip, shoulder, and knee problems. There is a solution, however. Stretching is by far one of the best things a surfer can do for their body, and it can also eliminate all of the problems stated above. Using a Swiss ball is one of the better stretching exercises because it imitates the same motions you would do on a surfboard. You can buy a Swiss ball package online at many surfing fitness websites or at a fitness store that comes with a video to show you how to use it properly. Stretching with the Swiss ball will really help to prevent immediate injuries, say from going over the falls on a three foot overhead day, because your body will be limber enough to take the pounding.
The Swiss ball will increase stability at the shoulders and core which in the end will allow you to paddle longer and have faster sprints. "Improved stability also prevents the development of tendonitis, which causes pain, loss of power, and eventually an inability to paddle," as stated on surfcoach.com.
Having good core stability can provide a good base that the arms and legs can generate power from. This will prevent lower back pain and knee problems. Alongside helping to prevent injuries, loose and limber muscles will allow you to surf better.
Feel that burn!!!
After forming a good stretching routine comes cross training. Since most of the time spent in the water is done paddling, swimming is an excellent source of training. All you need is a pair of old trunks, some goggles, and maybe a pool membership. Hopping in the pool and doing a few laps four times a week will help, but seeing a trainer will help maximize efficiency in smaller amounts of time. Here is a small tip to help you start out with a swimming routine: do eight laps to warm up, then do six twenty five meter sprints, next do five sets of one hundred meter power strokes (use a forceful paddling motion like you would when paddling through the impact zone), after this do a few laps via backstroke and finish up with some more prone position swimming. This routine will greatly benefit the weekend warrior by simulating what your body does when surfing and will keep your muscles fresh and toned for Saturday and Sunday.
Another effective cross training routine is light weight training concentrating on back and shoulders. You can use a pull up bar or some dumbbells.
Now that everyone is buff and ready to go lets discuss boards. Using the same board at your home break that Taj Burrow uses at Sunset during a WCT event is probably not the best idea. On the other hand, having a quiver of boards is an excellent idea. Getting in the one-board rut makes your surfing bland, even though you will progress very quickly on that board. An open mind is essential to surfing better; this is when different boards come in to play. Different boards automatically put the surfer on different parts of the wave. Point being, using the same board only lets you see the same parts of the wave. Changing it up a bit will give you a fresh and new perspective.
For starters, look at a fish, thruster, and long board- these three types of boards are very different from each other. Having this quiver to start out will allow three different types of surfing.
Depending on where everybody surfs, their quiver will vary from others. It is essential to have the proper board or boards for your body weight and height, and the waves you are riding. Don't be scared to talk to your local surf shop. Having worked at one, it is easy to tell who is a genuine surfer.
Take a look
Learning new moves is one of the greatest parts of surfing, it's what keeps us going out in the water, it gives a reason to surf, and it’s just fun. However, learning new moves can be discouraging. Set a goal that is not too high for your ability in order to make better progress.
A good way to learn moves is by watching people that can already do them extremely well. Bust out a video from your collection and watch how the surfer pulls off that roundhouse cutback, or that huge floater. Examine what they do with every part of their body including were they look, what their shoulders and arms are doing, where their feet are, etc.
Next time you paddle out, take a moment to think about everything you saw in the video. When you are surfing keep everything you saw in mind and try to reciprocate it. This is also a good way to form your own style, since we are all different shapes and sizes.
When you get out of the water, take another couple of seconds to think about what you did right and wrong. This really works. You have to troubleshoot to figure out the problem, and there is a problem somewhere, because if there weren’t you would be winning every contest in the world and would not be reading this article.
All in all, make a small effort to stretch everyday, get yourself stoked about going surfing, watch surfing videos, go surf as much as possible- not only is this going to be more fun but it will improve your surfing. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Starting at the bottom left is the new Taj model Firewire. This super stick ranging in sizes from 5'10'' to 6'4'' has adjusted rail volumes, bottom contours and a bigger rocker. Designed by Taj himself, this board is super fast and has an ultra tight turning radius.
So whats up with that big wood thing in the middle? No, Firewire has not given in to using a stringer, this feature is designed with the purpose to create more side to side flex and give the board more of a pumping action. So theoretically, anyone can get on this board and do all of Taj Burrow's off the lip moves!!
Moving on in the most organized fashion to the middle is the WRV S-Coil. This great East Coast company has created another great East Coast ripper. This stringerless, epoxy board is designed with the intention of having maximum flex every which way providing the rider with an extremely fast and manueverable board. Anyone can visit WRV's website or stop in the shop and order a custom board. The S-Coil comes in all shapes and sizes with any type of tail imaginable. There is no short cuts with were the fins go either. Go order a five fin moontail right now, not because it might be a sweet board, but because you can.
The JS carbon rail is a sweet board, but is more than just eye candy. The idea behind the carbon fiber rail system is incorporating the stregnth and flex quality of a carbon fiber board to an epoxy board. If you like a super flexy board, there is alot of homework for you. This board in particular is 6'1''x18 3/8''x2 3/16''. Like said before, it is epoxy and also has future fins with a squash tail
If for some circumstance, you feel like following the footsteps of Laird Hamilton and want to become a world class paddle board surfer, then feel free to check out the Southpoint paddle board at the end of the long board rack. K-Coast displayed this ten foot wonder so elegently that I could not pull myself to take it off the rack for a picture... it was not because I was too lazy to take a 10'x27''x4 1/8'' board down.
Do not ever, and I mean ever forget the stuff that is on sale. There are tons of boards on sale including Perfections, Avisos, and Sharp Eyes.
Also to go on the list of things to do are rubbers. There are a few Rip Curl Fanning model suits that come in a very pretty blue and are chest zip. O'Neill has a sweet Jon Jon Florence model Mutant with pinstripes.
There is a large plethora of goodies to come check out for the spring and summer, so do not delay, come down today!
As you can probably see there is some "experimental" items such as a shirt bigger than my house, and those pants with a birds eye veiw of Hawaii. There is also a huge selection of trunks with tons of pro models and color combos with all brand names including O'Neill, Billabong, Quiksilver, and alot more I just don't want to name anything that is not actually there.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The stoke factor as we are leaving Baltimore is at an all time high as our last session together two weeks ago ended in leaving the water after bobbing around in the fridgid ocean for two hours because there was nothing else to do except bob- there were no waves.
The two and a half hour trip went by extremely fast as it normally does. We stopped at Dunkin' Donuts to get two medium coffees with three sugars and cream and two donuts (its a combo meal for a little over two bucks). We arrived at the inlet in a stylish manner to a bright, brisk, and beautiful six thirty a.m. sunrise. It had not fully risen yet, but you get the point.
"So uhh, where's those waist high waves," said Austin.
"Ha," said myself in response.
We waited a few more minutes and saw a few sets that could have been waist high roll in, but had a feeling that a west wind might do more good up north.
"Fags go back to Rayhobeyth," shouted some female voice from the distance. O the feeling of being welcomed by living trash cans.
We beem up north a little bit stoping at eighteenth street and see some nice sets. Sneaking into a secret heated bathroom to change, we suit up and skimmy back outside to grab the boards and throw a little spray. After face planting the sand because of tripping on my leash, I see Austin ahead of me paddling through some nice almost chest sized glassy sets. There is also no one to be seen, except for the two or three scavengers down south.
The morning session lasts for about three hours. After not dropping in on a solid clean wave in almost a month, letting these conditions bleed through my veins was the only thing I had left to do to satisfy my addiciton. The feeling of watching a perfect, glassy, waist high left come to me instantly warmed me up in the brisk march morning. I heard Austin shout, "outside!" and paddled out and left to get the shoulder. I dropped in and pumped off the bottom turn into a few more carving turns, and swung my hips and shoulders around into a cut back. Austin can attest to the amount of spray the cut back threw.
I see Austin bang out a few DK's and three sixty's and even catch a small barrel. There is nothing like being in the water one a nice day with your bud surfing fun waves. I would start to reflect and talk about the importance of this, but there is more to the story!
With the tide coming in we go for our last wave, which always ends up being last five waves until that air reverse is landed an hour later. The secret heated changing spot is again misused as water and sand is violently flung amongst the stalls. Austin and I scurry on out as not to be seen and we pile in the truck and head on over to K-Coast. While he tries to wheel a deal with Hairball, which is not going to work by the way for future reference, I check out all the boards that have been in the shop since summer and are on clearance sale. Not really needing a board at all I still find a 5'10'' Sharp Eye fish that strikes my fancy. Sadly I don't get it, however, I do get Single Fin: Yellow, which is highly recommended to all people who like surfing and chill stuff.
After getting the stoke level through the roof again from being in the shop we head north because there was some St. Patty's Day parade that made us not want to go south. There was no actual thought that we would find waves, but after checking a few spots we end up at Southside. People don't really surf here, its a bodyboard spot because of its wedge-like breaks. With this bit of knowledge to the reader it is now a fact that I do not know what to expect, only a dumping heavy wave... sounds like fun!
We see a local guy out there and decide to put back on the sobbing wet, cold rubbers that we cherish so dearly. We both rush into the water... Austin rushes into the water, I take my time because I have know idea what is going on right now. I paddle close to the jetty of the inlet and am waiting for an outside left which never comes. Austin shouts over to me to scoot on over and take a smaller one. Seeing how shallow the breakzone was I was hesitant to drop in. I took a nice little left which ended up being a very powerful waist high wave, this doesn't sound right, but the wave bowled up and had a strong air section at the end. Southside is an amazing wave.
After about an hour I became more daring and taking larger set waves. A good chest or head high set came in and I went to paddle for the left shoulder. I still can picture Austin cheering for me as I go to drop in. Even before the bottom turn I picked up so much speed and made it into the gut of the wave. I continued to carve and pick up more speed in an attempt to air off the shoulder. As soon as I saw the wave bowl up I turn to the top and ollied off the lip. It took a few tries to land it, but this waist high day turned out to be alot of fun
My mood was the best its been in a long time.
This is a perfect example of getting a well deserved session after paying your respect to the wave gods. The surf report can only say so much, you need to get out there and experience all different kinds of conditions at different spots. There has been many times when the reports have said waist high and I show up and its not waist high. The radar doesnt show how deep the water is going to be at certain spots, you need to look at the tide charts and see how deep low tide is going to be. Thats my advice- go shred.