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What do Christmas and surfing have in common? Apparently, not that much. But there’s more to it than meets the eye! Did you know that Santa Claus is a big fan of surfing? Every year, on December 24, Santas of all shapes and sizes hit Cocoa Beach in Florida to have fun and raise money for charity. They are known as the Surfing Santas and they are already world-famous!
Previously known as Ceylon, the land of tea and coffee, coconuts and cinnamon, Sri Lanka is one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. Add to that the friendly locals, palm-fringed beaches and rich cultural heritage, and you have an easily accessible tropical surfing paradise!
If you consider yourself a coffee lover, then this article is for you! That magical concoction that transforms zombies into graceful human beings in a matter of minutes helps you stay sharp and be slightly more productive when you train, both indoors at the gym and outdoors on the waves.
You are what you eat. As cliché as it sounds, the saying is literally true and there is a strong link between nutrition and performance. We all know that, but we also know how hard it is to keep to a diet and stick to an exercising routine. It can be exhausting, not to mention boring.
A paradise for nature lovers, adventure travelers and water sports enthusiasts, Fiji is the place to go for a unique and exciting experience. These islands offer so much, but one of the first things that will wow you are the people who live there. The views will leave you breathless and the moment you go back home, you will want to get back on a plane and do it all over again!
Some of us are preparing our wish list for Christmas while others are already buying presents. While I strongly believe that giving love, friendship and kindness is more important than material presents, the latter are always welcome. Moreover, they sometimes have the power to make dreams come true.
Surfers are laid-back folks. In fact, they tend to be men and women of few words who live to surf and surf to live! They love action and they do most of their reflecting and meditation right there in the water, either while waiting for the next big wave, or when they’re inside a barrel. This is probably why wise words from surfers aren’t all that easy to come by!
From the moment I arrived at Hacienda Iguana for a scouting trip, I was in love. The sun was just coming up at Playa Colorado, beautiful, organized sets were breaking right outside my front door, and the white sand beaches were empty save for a few early morning surfers. In a word, it was magical, and I knew this was the experience I wanted to share.
When was the last time you did something for the very first time?
Just like millions of others across the globe, the end of the year and beginning of the new one is a time where I usually look back and reflect on what has happened as well as what I’ve accomplished for the past months. It is also a time when I set out my goals for the coming year. For 2018, one of the resolutions that I’ve set my eyes on is to try something completely new and that is – surfing!
When asked what the best religion is, the Dalai Lama replied: “The best religion is what brings you closest to God.” Does that mean that you can find spirituality in anything, even in riding ghastly waves and fighting for the next move on narrow mountain ridges? I believe that, as long as you do it for the right reasons, yes, you can.
Regardless of the season, spending quality time outdoors with your dog is a must! And I’m not talking about those boring dog walks around the block or playing fetch in the leash-free park. I mean actual adventures that will make you laugh and make you cry and will continue to send shivers down your spine many years after.
Have you ever wondered what happens on a surf camp? Do you imagine it to be some sort of a bootcamp for surfers? You’re close, but it’s much more than that. It is an adventure, a fantastic opportunity to surf your brains out, a bonding experience, and an exploration of new lands and cultures as well as of your inner self.
Getting a new surfboard can be a tedious task for any surfer. If you are a newbie to the sport, then all the more reason to do a thorough research before you step out to get your first board. The surfboard market today caters to different needs as per individual requirements. One only has to be pitch perfect about what they’re looking for in a surfboard.
Paddle boarding, surfing’s close cousin, has been around for centuries as a means of transportation for fishermen. However, it was only over the past two decades that it took off in popularity, thanks to surfers like Laird Hamilton. It has grown into a massive business, with countless manufacturers entering the frame and contributing to the fastest growing watersport. Why is that?
Surfing is undeniably awesome, as it offers a pure thrill for adventure and sea lovers. However, the sport is not as simple as it appears when we watch a surfer ride through the tides and waves in style and merriment. It is much more rigorous and requires optimum physical and mental fitness.
Oh, the crackling fireplace, chestnuts roasting and presents waiting under the Christmas tree, getting cozy under the blanket and sipping hot cocoa while you watch the snowflakes dancing out the window… Wait a minute! Why not keep the Christmas tree but forget all about the snow and freezing cold outside?
When you decide to purchase a paddle board, you are also deciding to change your lifestyle while increasing your physical health. The tranquil, yet exhilarating sport of paddleboarding holds a variety of categories that offer specialized and custom designed board shapes that fit the specific needs of the rider’s preferred areas of paddling expertise.
Rich natural beauty, vibrant diversity, and massive waves a just a few of the things that make South Africa a wonderful country to travel to. Aside from the beautiful scenery and huge variety of wildlife, South Africa is a country with a rich history and home to Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential people in history.
Every surfer dreams of finding the ‘perfect’ surf board - one that can help them to become the legendary surfer they’ve always dreamed of. On this post, I’ll be sharing insights and useful information on three types of surf boards you ought to try that may just take you a step closer to realizing your life long dream!
Astrology has a rather bad reputation, that’s no news flash! Adepts and non-believers form two battling sides, each finding (solid) arguments to support their theory. Ironically enough, even non-believers have a peek at their horoscope from time to time, nonsense or not. Yes, I’m talking about you, I bet you’re nodding right now!
Our world has never been as accessible as it is today – we can spin the globe, pick a spot and jump on an airplane to any distant destination. Faraway lands that decades ago were reserved for pioneers are now within our reach. That does not mean we cannot find places where we can still feel like explorers.
So, after years of reflections, you’ve finally decided that moving on the coast might be the right thing for you. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is decide where you want to go, which might just be the trickiest part of all. Oh, are you not ready to take the plunge just yet? Don’t fret, you can still spend your vacations or even relocate in a surf town for a few months and see how it works out.
These days, we have surf reports, swell reports and surf forecasts that show us when and where we should be hanging ten next. Reasonably accurate online charts save surfers the hassle of deciphering complicated weather forecasts. However, the more you know about how waves are formed, the easier it is to predict the optimal surfing conditions all by yourself.
Surfers never forget their first surfboard. Years into the business, and we still can’t help but develop a close relationship with our boards. It goes without saying that the surfboard is the most important piece of our surfing equipment – what else are you going to surf on, duh? But you can’t just ride any old surfboard, and that’s where the tricky part comes in.
It’s summertime and the great outdoors are calling. You want to hit the beach, but you also want to go camping. Why not do both? Beach camping is the ultimate summer getaway – the changing tides and crisp sea breeze, waves yearning to be surfed and horizons begging to be explored offer a sense of complete and utter freedom in a constantly moving environment.
World records are one of the best ways to become officially amazing. But sometimes, breaking a record involves taking great risks, which might make you wonder what is it that drives people to get into the Guinness Book of Records in the first place? Well, that’s just like asking why would an athlete train to run faster or jump higher. Guinness records are more than just facts; they are a way to measure ourselves.
Everyone loves to post some good old summer fun on their accounts, and by sharing and uploading photos they can recollect those fun times memories throughout the year. But how do you get your posts to stand out? Why, optimized hashtags, of course! Hashtags are everywhere, and if you really want to get noticed and reach your audience, you too must learn to use them.
We recently ran a giveaway and invited travelers, bloggers, surfers and beach lovers to enter for the chance to win a surf camp in paradise. All they had to do was share a photo of them chilling at the beach or doing their favorite water sports. We’re ready to announce the winner!
We all dream about surfing every day. We plan to quit our day jobs and take off to travel the world in search of the best waves. When and, most importantly, if we get to see our dreams come true and live to surf, we’ll soon realize that surfing every single day might not always be possible.
The world’s largest archipelagic state and the third most bio diverse country in the world, Indonesia is Asia’s surfing capital. Currently, there are 17,508 islands that have already been identified, summing up 34,000 miles (54,716 km) of coastline. For surfers, this can only mean one thing – lots of amazing spots to surf!
These days, lots of things can go viral. A video of a cat doing something mundane, such as standing up on its hind legs, can gather up millions of views. A video of a rodent looking over its shoulder in a dramatic fashion. And let’s not even mention the always funny compilation of fails and various trips and falls that seem to amuse pretty much everyone.
We all need energy just to perform our daily, most mundane chores. When we add physical activities to our day, our energy requirements grow. But we all know that, right? However, how many of you know what and when to eat in order to help your body recover and perform better each time?
There are many different sports in the world. For most of them, you can learn all the basics in a relatively short period of time. However, surfing is a whole different ballgame. Surfing can be challenging, there’s no denying that! It can take a great deal of patience and perseverance to master even the basics. But don’t be put off! Once you become confident in the water, your knowledge and skills will quickly develop.
Where there are waves, there are surfers, and die-hard riders have made it their prerogative to chase the biggest, gnarliest waves on the planet. While the rest of us are sitting comfortably in our houses, some watermen cheat death by throwing themselves at the mercy of hurricanes and melting glaciers.
Best known as the land of wine, baguette and cheese, mainland France has more to offer than meets the eye. For starters, it has 2,130 miles (3,427 km) of coastline and over 310 miles (500 km) of surf beaches. Add to that the rich French cuisine, vibrant nightlife, topless sunbathing (for real?!) and top-notch beach breaks, and you have a recipe for one of the greatest surfing destinations in the world.
Going face-first into the reef, being held down for a few sets of waves, feeling helpless, trapped and not knowing which way is up, is the ocean’s way of reminding us that we are but mere mortals. Being held down under the waves for much longer than you might like can be traumatizing, and can question your entire commitment to surfing.
During those long, hot summer days, why stay indoors under the air conditioner when you can go outside and get active in the water instead? You’ll get your heart rate pumping and melt away those extra calories without even knowing it. Plus, you’re bound to cool down too. Let’s all turn fun in the sun into a workout in the sun!
The Iberian Peninsula is home to some of the sweetest surfing spots in Europe. With almost 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) of coastline (the Canary Islands included), Spain is renowned for its rich culture, gripping history, scrumptious food and, let us not forget, world-class surf.
We all dream of trading our day job for the beach and surf life. However, even though full-time surfers appear low-key and carefree, their daily schedule is anything but laid-back. Don’t get me wrong, they do have plenty of freedom and are living the dream, but they must work hard to play hard.
Say ‘surfer’ and everyone thinks about a bronzed chap with perfect curls on a sun-drenched beach, surfboard under one arm, wearing a pair of cool board shorts and waiting for the perfect wave. Say ‘surfer girl’ and you’ll picture a blonde-haired beauty with an enviable tan wearing denim shorts and a bikini top.
For some, adding new items on their to-do list seems pointless. Sure, these modern times we’re living in and our hectic lifestyles do tend to keep us trapped, but this is precisely why we must do our best to escape the rat race. Trying something different and learning new skills can be uncomfortable at first. While some love to experiment, others are stuck in the same old routine and have trouble getting out.
One of the most important decisions any athlete can make to improve their performance and wellbeing is to make wise food choices. Sports nutrition is not a fad. Knowing what to eat and when to eat is pure science, and nutritionists believe you should adapt your meals and snacks to the physical effort you plan to undertake.
Study hard, find a well-paid job, save money, buy a house, buy a car, have kids, buy a bigger car, feel trapped every single day. Why? Because society tells you to? Maybe you do not want those things, perhaps you want to spend your money on meaningful experiences, escape the rat race and gain control over your life.
Getting barreled is the Holy Grail of surfing, that perfect moment when you are riding under the curling lip of the wave. Being inside the whimsical tunneling area created by a wave about to break, also referred to as tube riding or getting shacked, is on top of any surfer’s bucket list.
Are you looking for some eye candy the next time you paddle your board? Do stunning backdrops, snow-capped mountains, mangrove forests, alpine lakes, lagoons, emerald-green rivers and tropical beaches tickle your fancy? Then you’re in luck, because the world’s stand-up paddle boarding hotspots have them all!
What do snowy mountains and windsurfing have in common? More than you might think! Freestyle windsurfer Levi Siver has pushed the boundaries of the sport, taking his finned board up on the snow-covered mountains on the Rishiri Island in Japan and surfing his way down. Through his heroic feat, he became the first person to ever try alpine windsurfing.
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” We’ve all heard this ageless question before. And if I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told “fear is holding you back,” I’d have a pretty good amount of money in my pocket. The funny thing is, looking back at all those times I chose to run away, I can’t even remember what exactly it was that I was so afraid of.
Stand up paddle boarding is the hottest craze, taking the world by storm as the world’s fastest growing watersport. Why? Simply because it’s so darn relaxing. Less focused on the action and more on spending quality time in the great outdoors, stand up paddle boarding is something everyone wants to try. And it’s a whole lot easier than it looks.
There is surfing and there is… big wave surfing, a completely different ball game. It takes guts, years of training and experience, a healthy dose of curiosity and taking calculated risks. Even then, anything can go wrong when faced with huge bodies of water that might come tumbling down on you at any given moment.
You planned your summer break months in advance, thought about hitting the beaches and doing some quality surfing while you’re at it, but you’re not sure whether the time and place coincide with the season. Choosing the right surfing season and destination makes the difference between an unforgettable surf holiday and possibly the worst time away.
For years, women have strived to be included in big wave competitions, while organizers argued that heavy waves like the notorious Mavericks or Jaws are just too dangerous for chicks. It’s a man’s world, but there are some ladies out there that are proving themselves fit to take over the stage and kick some ass!
Lately, it seems as though finding remote waves has become even more exciting than riding them. It’s human nature to grow tired of the same routine, and even surfing can lose its charm when you’re hitting the same old waves time and again. When monotony kicks in, it’s time for a change of scenery!
Walking barefoot on a sandy beach, basking in the sun, jumping into the soothing warm water for a long surfing session, that sure is comforting. But where’s the challenge? Spending up to an hour struggling to get into that tight wetsuit, bone-chilling water splashing your face, getting rained and snowed on, that sounds like much more fun!
Sliding, flying, jumping, twisting and turning, has freedom ever tasted any better? A relatively new sport, kitesurfing entered the scene in the 1990s. Also known as kiteboarding, it can be described as a blend between windsurfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfing that offers great maneuverability and speed. No wonder it’s so addictive!
Imagine riding those crests wearing nothing but a pair of shorts or a tiny swimsuit, soaking in the sun, finding shade in swinging hammocks on palm-fringed beaches and getting a tan that arouses envy. That’s how surfing in tropical water feels – like you’ve just died and gone to heaven!
There are sports that are inevitably competitive, like tennis or football, where there simply has to be a winner. The same cannot be said about surfing. There are indeed competitions, but not against adversaries. Surfers compete against themselves and the waves, and technique, boldness and innovation are what matter most. It is precisely this kind of journey of self-discovery that brings surfers together as a distinct cultural group.
If you’ve just started surfing, then chances are you don’t even own a surfboard. And that’s perfectly fine. Most surfers will rent or use their friend’s surfboards and general surf gear, but if you want to take it a step forward and have your own little surfing equipment, we’re here to offer some advice.
Music is a universal language, the perfect way to enhance or showcase certain feelings. We’ve all got our little soundtrack to life; songs that we love to listen to when we’re getting ready to hit the town, when we’ve had our heart broken, when we’re going on a road trip or when we feel like dancing our hearts out.
Surf camps are becoming more and more popular, but there are still some people who think that you would need to spend big bucks to go on a surf vacation or a surf camp. We’re here to not only tell you that’s not the case but also to share with you some neat examples of budget surf camps from all over the world that are all under €500!
The world is a dangerous place, but it is also beautiful, filled with stunning views, awesome people, great food, rad barrels, gorgeous beaches and many more wonderful things. Unfortunately, traveling as a woman presents more risks than traveling as a man. Even though women from all over the world are finally beginning to make their voice heard, we still have a long way to reaching true gender equality.
We’ve eagerly entered the new year with high hopes, plans and resolutions. While the general consensus is that 2016 wasn’t the best of years, good things did happen and we must remind ourselves that it is up to us to make 2017 a wonderful year. Be kind, work hard, but also relax doing what you love!
Are you new to surfing and you’re still learning the basics? Do you consider yourself a good surfer but you still think you have lots of things to learn and improve? I bet you can use all the help you can get! Instructional videos are some of the best ways to learn or to master a surfing move: you can watch them again and again, you can study them carefully, and they are usually very well explained.
Winter is no longer coming, for it is truly and unmistakably already here in the Northern Hemisphere! This means no more sun tanning or short sleeved shirts; no more open-toed shoes or long, warm days! But does it really have to mean no more surfing? Is surfing really a warm weather sport?
Are you afraid of walking under ladders? Or maybe nothing is as frightening as having a black cat cross your path? Does the number 13 give you the creeps every time you see it? Superstitions are as old as time yet they don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. This is mainly because some people insist on believing and living by them for fear of jeopardizing their well-being.
Surfing is undoubtedly one of the coolest sports out there! Unfortunately, we can’t practice it every single day of our lives, unless we live by the beach in a relatively warm climate. This is the reason why, during the colder months of the year, most surfers get the summer/surfing blues. Hot sand and warm waves crashing over our tanned bodies seem so far way! But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Morocco has hundreds of surf beaches, and some of the most popular ones include Taghazout, Dakhla, Essaouria, Sidi Kaouki, Mirleft, Imsouane, Safi and many more. Morocco is a surfing destination that all surf lovers must go to at one point in their life for an unforgettable surfing adventure.
Portugal is a surfer’s paradise. It has hundreds of beaches that are incredible surf spots, it has Nazaré, the place big wave surfing calls home, and it has a growing surfing community that is essential for any beginner or experienced surfer. But unfortunately, you can’t spend all your time in Portugal surfing. Besides, Portugal is a lovely country with so many other wonderful non-surfing activities that a surfer can do.
There is no denial that surfing is a great sport that keeps your body in shape and improves balance, among other health benefits. But surfing is so much more than that: it is an uplifting sport, it has the power to make people smile, to give you a shot of adrenaline and make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Surfing is, to many out there, the recipe for happiness. It is a lifestyle.
Did you know that Garett McNamara broke the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed? Or that Kelly Slater is the highest paid surfer in the world? Or that the first official surf contest took place in 1928, at Corona Del Mar, California? You probably do, because in the world of surfing, this type of information travels fast!
When we think of great surfing destinations, most of us think Hawaii, Bali, Australia, Portugal or something along those lines, right? A place where the sun is shining pretty much all the time, the weather is never too cold and the scenery is nothing short of amazing. But did you know that the United Kingdom is also an awesome surf destination?
Here it is, our handpicked list of inspiring, original and motivational surfing quotes from pro surfers. If you wish to find out what they have to say about surfing, fear, childhood dreams and much more, then you’ve come to the right place! And while you’re at it, be sure to check our interviews with these amazing surfers too!
Have you ever tried kitesurfing? It’s one of the fastest growing watersports in the world, and if you ever do try it chances are that you’re hooked for life. The sense of freedom out on the water, the endless possibilities to learn and progress, and the thrill of being carried up in the air by strong winds are all elements that will keep you coming back for more, over and over again.
At BookSurfCamps.com, we firmly believe that the only way to achieve excellence is through cooperation and that the path to greatness is along with others. That’s why we are honored to say that we share the path with these fantastic partners who constantly motivate us to be better everyday. We’re grateful to walk this road together!
Steve Bodner is much more than just another windsurfer. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he is currently residing in San Francisco, California. Thanks to the thermal breeze found in this region, it’s essentially a windsurfer’s paradise. His main two disciplines are formula and slalom and he’s currently involved in training the next generation of windsurfers.
Starting this week, BookSurfCamps.com introduces surf photo of the week! We’ll pick one stunning and inspiring surf photo and share it with you! If you are a surfer or a photographer or both, and you want to share an awesome surfing photo with us and our readers, send it over at [email protected]!
Big wave surfing is one of the most popular surfing styles and it is definitely the most spectacular. For big wave surfing, the waves need to be at least 20 feet ( 6 meters) tall. However, for experienced, hardcore big wave surfers, 20-foot waves are nothing more than a mere child’s play.
If you’ve been to an airport you already know this – airline baggage handlers don’t care about your luggage. Their goal is to get all the bags onto the plane as quickly as possible, and whether your bag is dropped, thrown, flipped upside down or smashed into other bags doesn’t matter to them.
Choosing your first surfboard or figuring out the best board to progress on can be one of the most stressful and best parts about getting into surfing, and let’s face it, the point of surfing for most of us isn't to become a pro and collect the big pay cheque, it’s to paddle out into some waves and have the most fun possible.
Surf legend Philip Edwards, credited with being the first professional surfer and making the first signature surfboard in the world, famously said that “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”. We strongly agree with him and we also believe that surfing is so much more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle and, for some, a religion.
It’s safe to say that Tatiana Howard is happy pretty much anywhere she can see the ocean. She calls herself a Maui mermaid who loves surfing, kiting and windsurfing. She’s also the founder of The Butterfly Effect, a worldwide movement meant to empower and inspire women around the globe through water sports.
As one of the most popular and best surfers in the world, Kelly Slater needs no introduction. What you do need to know is that he’s got an entrepreneurial mind that keeps giving surf lovers what they need. This time, it’s something so big, so important and so fun that will put Kelly Slater in the surfing history books: it’s a wave pool.
Let’s admit it, Europe isn’t the first place that pops into mind when we think about great surfing destinations. Hawaii, Australia, Bali – that’s where the magic happens, right? True, but add Europe to the list and you’ll get some real magic! Europe isn’t just home to stunning landmarks and diverse cultures, it’s also home to stunning beaches and perfect waves.
For many, surfing is not merely a sport, a hobby or something fun you do at the beach; it’s a lifestyle, a religion and an intrinsic part of their soul and personality. The great news is that surfing can influence and change your life for the better. It can mold you into a better person and it can help you grow and evolve.
To say that Robbie Maddison (known to many as Maddo) is a living legend is not an overstatement. Dubbed the modern day Evel Knievel, Maddison is a prolific biker, stunt man and thrill seeker. Last summer, he partnered up with DC Shoes and released a video called Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream that showed him surfing on his dirt bike in Tahiti.
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