Since its hey day in the 1960ís, surfing through the ocean has
become a popular past time. Riders love to pound the surf with their
waxed boards and ride large waves into the shore. As like any sport,
there is risk associated with surfing. Surfing implies that a rider
can successfully use their arms and legs to maintain balance upon a
surfboard as the wave begins to swell and crest.
Most beginners will enjoy this sport because the cost of getting
into surfing is relatively low. A good board can cost $200 - $ 1,000
depending on the material itís made from. Many beginners can buy a
good board used and can take up the sport at a nearby beach. Before
you begin, there are several things you should learn.
- How to keep your board nearby should you wipe out
- How to swim out towards an incoming wave
- What to do should you collide with another surfer
- What conditions are right for surfing and which ones are
Surfers should know how to swim. Itís the basic necessity to keep
you afloat should you go out too far or if you lose your board on a
wipe out. Most surfers start out on their boards flat on their
stomach and begin to kneel into a crouching position as they
approach a wave. Upon reaching the swell of the wave, they should be
in a upright position heading into the ebb or top of the wave. As
soon as the reach the top they begin to navigate through the
remainder of the wave using their feet to steer into the cresting
tide. Usually most surfers ride a wave from right to left.
There are times when a surfer can get closer to another surfer
and collide. Try to remain as far away from swimmers as possible and
keep a clear 180-degree view as much as possible to avoid dangerous
situations. Know exactly how far you are from the beach at all
times. There are times when surfing is at its premium right before a
storm or when currents are at their strongest. During this peak
time, it is good to exercise caution for your own personal safety.
Depending on how warm the water may be you may have to be concerned
with sharks. Although a shark attack is considered rare, there is
always a possibility in some regions.
Surfing has become so popular that there are various spin-offs of
this sport including windsurfing and kitesurfing, which allows the
user to reach heights of 20í above the ocean. Depending on the
location wave swells can grow upwards of 15-20í high; so the more
experience you amass the more challenges you will seek. All
beginning surfers should take at least one or two lessons to get the
basics down. In no time at all you will be hunting the monster waves
and hanging ten with the best of them.
is defined as the
sport of gliding toward the shore on a breaking wave.
Surfers originally used long, cumbersome wooden boards but
now ride lightweight synthetic boards that allow a greater
degree of maneuverability. The surfer begins at the point
where the waves begin to form, then, facing shore, paddles
toward the beach with an oncoming wave. When the wave
catches the board, the surfer stands up and glides along the
wave's crest–or, in the case of a large wave, in the "tube"
formed by its overhead curl. Although the origins of surfing
are obscure, it is clear that it developed in Hawaii, where
it was popular during the 19th cent. It spread to the
California coast during the 1920s and became very popular
with American youth in the 1960s. With lifestyles and
regimens freer than those of most athletes, surfers comprise
a unique sporting subcult. Though surfing is practiced in
many other Pacific nations, its mecca remains Hawaii, where
the international surfing championships are held annually.
That the first surf
contest in California was held on the Corona del Mar
side of our Harbor entrance with surfing pioneers
Duke Kahanamoku and Tom Blake?
Mavericks, an area
of beach in San Mateo County , is considered one of
the three best surfing locations in the world.
Winter storms create swells and waves up to 30 feet.