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Choosing the Right Leash for Your Board

Nov 24, 2023

Choosing the Right Leash for Your Board

Choosing the Right Leash for Your Board 聽 When it comes time to buy a leash, there are a lot of options available to you鈥攏ot just in brands, but also sizes and styles. What you buy depends on what type of waves and board you are riding. Too short of a leash can snap your board back at you dangerously. Too thin might end up breaking. But too big of a leash will create unwanted drag, slowing you down while paddling and riding waves. In general, when riding smaller waves, try to use a leash that is roughly the same...

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Surf Etiquette (Hawaiian South Shore May 2022 Newsletter Part 1 of 4)

May 16, 2022

Surf Etiquette

Surf Etiquette Written By: Matt Rode聽|聽Photo by聽Jess Vide As most of us know, the complexities of surf etiquette can seem pretty overwhelming at times. But for those who understand how lineups work, there really shouldn鈥檛 be any confusion鈥攕o if someone is breaking etiquette, they are probably either ignorant or selfish. Let鈥檚 address ignorance first, and selfishness second. Nearly all waves break in a specific direction鈥攅ither left or right. (An obviousexception would be Canoes in Waikiki, which is essentially a straight hander, and that鈥檚 why you often see 20 people on the same wave and they are all getting along great.)...

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Why It鈥檚 Important to Always Respect and Listen to Our Lifeguards

Feb 25, 2022

Why It鈥檚 Important to Always Respect and Listen to Our Lifeguards

Why It鈥檚 Important to Always Respect and Listen to Our Lifeguards Photo By Adventure of Jess A couple of videos were posted on Instagram recently of people getting themselves into situations that they should have avoided in the water. One guy who was stuck on a ledge at Lekeleke Bay and getting hammered by big sets only survived because firefighters helicoptered in to rescue him (just in time, too!), and two other guys who were clearly not prepared for Pipeline were trying to paddle out but got told off by a lifeguard. While these videos are good for a few...

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How to Deal with a Wipeout

Oct 30, 2021

How to Deal with a Wipeout

How to Deal with a Wipeout The surf media spends a lot of time focusing on huge wipeouts in XXL waves鈥攁nd for good reason. These wipeouts are dramatic and terrifying, and at times dangerous and life-threatening. But most people will never surf waves that large or experience wipeouts of that magnitude. Indeed, the majority of wipeouts that people take are in the under-triple-overhead range, yet they can still be stressful and even dangerous. This is why it is so important to learn how to wipeout properly and in the safest possible manner. The first thing to keep in mind when...

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How to Survive Wipeouts & Hold Downs

Feb 25, 2021

How to Survive Wipeouts & Hold Downs

聽 If聽you are from Hawaii, then you know that winter means big waves on the North Shore. Pacific winter season, with the most notorious stretch of heavy-water coastline right in our backyard. Let's talk about wipeouts and hold-downs, and how to survive them. How you survive during a bad hold-down has a lot to do with what wave you are surfing. If you are somewhere heavy and shallow, that breaks over reef (like Pipeline, for instance), you probably don鈥檛 have a lot of control. At best, you should try to maintain spatial awareness so you know if and when you...

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