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HOLIDAYS WERE LONESOME David Kelly | Owner, Hawaiian South Shore The support when you are underway on a ship between shipmates was something that kept your sanity, especially during the holidays. I was in the Navy prior to coming to Hawaii. Our home Port was in Yokosuka, Japan. During my time aboard (4 years), we ... Continue reading
from Alice Han
Apnea Surf Survival Class By David Kelly, Owner, Hawaiian South Shore Did you get a chance to read last month’s article by Matt Rott about wipeouts, hold-downs and how to survive them? Well that inspired me to take a class because I know 20 seconds feels a lot longer for me and sometimes I feel ... Continue reading
from Gabe Turner
It was around seven years ago, on a surf trip to the Coffs Harbour region of Australia’s NSW, that I first started noticing TCSS logos. And no wonder. At the time, The Critical Slide Society was a fledgling enterprise started by two local boys, Jim Mitchell and Sam Coombes. In fact, it was more of ... Continue reading
from Gabe Turner
While soft-top boards were all but written off 10 years ago, these days it seems like everyone has one. From total beginners to pros who rip the snot out of them and paddle them into double-overhead Pipe, foamie surfboards are everywhere. Jamie O’Brien has pretty much built a career around surfing critical barrels on soft-tops, ... Continue reading
from Gabe Turner
Surfboard Volume Chart
- For funboard volume it’s best to increase your volume one column to the right on this chart.
- If you surf in a deep water break that doesn’t jack up, then go with a little more volume, it just makes it easier to paddle into the wave.
- When you go shorter, make sure you get a little more volume to compensate for the loss of length. But If your a intermediate to advanced surfer stay in the same recommend volume if you surf more at least 3 times a week.
- When you surf, you either stay in the mushy whitewater with your nose pointed toward the beach, or you might even attempt to drop into some tiny waves.
- You're still learning the basics of the sport such as paddling, standing up and making small turns.
- There's still more for you to master before you start swimming towards the outer breaks, and your surfing etiquette may be a bit rusty.
- Progression is on your mind.
- You've mastered most of the basics: you can pop up easily, drop in and turn on small waves.
- Able to catch and stand on broken waves more than 60% of all attempts.
- You’re fairly comfortable with take offs, balancing and standing up.
- You have begun to understand the way the ocean moves and can paddle for the waves you want.
- You can duck dive and turtle roll into bigger waves.
- You've begun to move toward the outer breaks for a chance at some steeper rides.
- You can successfully paddle out alone at a familiar location
- Catch and ride waves to a logical finish frontside or backside, confidently using the three basic surfing turns - bottom turn, top turn and cutback.
- Your refining you timing and take off.
- You surf most weekends
- You can paddle out alone to a surf spot you’ve never ridden and assess the lineup.
- You can catch and ride waves of your choice, to finish confidently using a full range of turns in a distinctive, effective style.
- You've been riding waves for some time now, and have mastered all of the basic surfing moves.
- Your focus has turned to riding out bigger, breaking waves and performing tricks such as floaters, cutbacks and aerial moves.
- You ride a smaller surfboard (or a performance longboard) and find yourself seeking the most challenging waves in a set.
- You still have things to learn, but nobody would dare tell you.