SURFING THE WEB
with Groundswell Surf Shop
Staying motivated in general can be tricky. Whether you’ve been surfing since before you could walk, or you’ve just started out on your surfing journey, here are some tips and tricks to always stay stoked, regardless of the conditions or your crazy hectic schedule.
1. Keep fit
The perfect time to start anything is right now. Stop putting off those trips to the gym. Reach for an apple instead of a chocolate, your body will thank you later for it. Having a healthy exercise and nutrition routine will help you to stay positive and will also increase your motivation to keep going. With continuous effort, you’ll start to notice a significant improvement in your surfing.
2. Set goals
It could be perfecting your pop-up, nailing your turns or even progressing to riding green walls. Start small and be realistic.
3. Stay connected
Keep in communication with others who share your love for surfing. Constantly talking about rad experiences will keep you inspired. Even better, plan surfing hangouts with your best mates.
4. Plan your next surfing trip
Nothing quite compares to this one. Make sure that you leave yourself enough time to prepare and plan it properly, to avoid feeling rushed and under pressure (Cue Queen song). Also make sure that you pick a destination that's suitable for your skills and budget.
5. Save money & make money
Set money aside every month for something surfing related. Go through older equipment that you no longer use or you've outgrown. Either sell it online or to that kid down the road whose just started out.
6. Continue to learn
Read, watch, research. Fully immerse yourself in the world of surfing. The internet is full of information, make the most of it.
7. Stay creative
Whether you're into arts and crafts, cooking or handy work around the house, use your talents to expand on your love for the ocean in general. Make something with all of that driftwood you've picked up, or make a collage with pictures from your favorite surfing trips. Inspire yourself.
8. Be near water
Make it your mission to feel the calming benefits of water, even if it's not the ocean specifically. The sound of flowing water has the power to literally heal your soul.
9. Keep up with the tour
No better way to feel inspired by fellow surfers than by watching the professionals. Figure out their specific styles, strengths and weaknesses. This will motivate you to just keep on trying. Watch both men and women, because women kick ass too, bru!
10. Make a choice
Ultimately, it’s your personal decision to stay stoked. Constantly try new things and go on new adventures to ignite that stoke deep within you.
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A bit like the shaka, "stoke" is a word found in any surfer's daily vocabulary. Total, unparalleled excitement and/or joy, felt particularly after catching a wave (or ten).
"Stoke" is an English adaptation of the 17th-century Dutch word "stok", used to rearrange logs in a fireplace, in order to keep the flames burning. Surfers in California started using this word in the early or mid-50's, and it never went out of fashion. This enduring surf slang is still used all over the world to describe the absolute euphoria experienced before or after a surf session.
So why are surfers stoked all the time? We all surf for different reasons - for health and fitness, adventure, experience or for time spent in nature. Whatever our motivation, no doubt you've experienced the stoke after a paddle out. Research shows that people feeling "surf stoked" are, in fact, enjoying a chemical cocktail triggered but the charged ions found in the atmosphere around turbulent water. While surfing, we experience increased levels of Adrenaline and Dopamine.
Some scientists are convinced that these negative ion reactions have an extremely positive effect on one's mood, triggering the release of endorphins and serotonin - "the happy hormone", particularly beneficial in cases of anxiety and depression. But science aside, jump in whenever you can and enjoy everything that the ocean has to offer. STAY STOKED!
Throughout the years, surfboard shapes and designs are constantly being tweaked and refined. These basic designs vary, depending on the shaper's style and preference.
The fins on a surfboard are like the tires on a car. If you wanna hit up an off road Mozam trip, the tires on your Toyota Tazz just ain't gonna cut it. Similarly, depending on the type of waves you surf, you're gonna need the right setup. We're here to provide you with some details about the various fin setups and their pros and cons.
Check out our entire range of fins in store.
So you've decided to give surfing a try. You've been for a few lessons and now you're willing to invest in your own surfboard and improve. But what board is right for you? The following suggestions will assist you in making a decision.
Remember that this is the most important choice that you'll make as a beginner surfer. Having the right board will ensure that you don't get frustrated and give up completely. You need a board that will be suited to your current level of surfing.
Remember to consider the following aspects of surfing:
Do a self-assessment regarding the following:
Although you may feel discouraged when you see other surfers on shorter, faster boards, just remember that they all had to start somewhere. It takes time, energy, money and perseverance to succeed in this sport. When you are willing to be honest with yourself and invest in a board that is right for you, you will experience success and have fun every time!
Visit us in store for a consultation or for any surf-related advice that you may need. We'll be happy to set up a meeting with our local shaper from Hutchison Handcrafted Surfboards, if you would prefer a custom surfboard to suit your specific needs.
With Summer slowly creeping up on us, we're all hoping it's gonna be a pearler. Waves everyday, no more wetsuits and those endless sunny days. Hmmm sounds like Utopia. Okay, so you know that you're not Gabriel Media, but you still wanna persevere in the sport of surfing, regardless of your current skill level. But what if you've been feeling sluggish lately? Does putting on a suit for a paddle in average looking conditions only seem like a chore? Keep reading, bru.
It's hard to keep yourself motivated when you're not seeing improvements in your surfing, or you're stuck in your hometown and the local break's been looking mushy for weeks now. Try the following tips and hopefully you'll start to see surfing in a new light.
The following is an example of a series of small goals to set:
If you're a surfer, you're in rhythm with the ocean and in sync with the weather. You've no doubt become sensitive to the slightest environmental changes and passionate about the bigger issues. The natural world is a part of your lifestyle and your contact with it means something.
If you find yourself relating to the above sentiments, follow a few easy steps to improve the environment around you, as well as your health as a surfer.
Although you might think that your actions won't have an impact, everything you do will have a ripple effect. Look after the environment and it will continue to look after you.
So you've just found the wetsuit of your dreams and your surfing lifestyle is literally goals right now. You don't even care that you used a chunk of this month's rent/car/food cash on 2-3mm of absolute perfection.
If this sounds like a page out of your playbook, these tips and tricks on wetsuit care are just for you. Here are a few steps to follow:
Ever wondered how you could put your suit on like a pro, without working up a sweat and crying a little inside when it's still damp? Just place each foot in a plastic bag and slide in seamlessly. You can use the same method for your hands. It'll take half the amount of time and you'll conquer any cold dawn patrols or surf shop fitting rooms.
Remember to reuse the bag and save the world, bru!
Nutrition is the key to having good health. Well duh, everyone knows that. Surfers sometimes lack in this department and begin to develop poor nutritional habits based on those early morning dawn patrols, 3 hour sessions and low budgets.
Okay okay, so why is feeding your body as an athlete SO important? Not only will you have increased energy levels, your surfing will definitely begin to improve too. When your body is able to function at it's optimum, so will your mind.
How to get started:
This is when your body will need the highest levels of energy. Choose Low GI options for sustained levels of energy. Consumption should take place 60-90 minutes before you head out. This allows enough time for your body to absorb the nutrients. The Low GI foods will begin to break down slowly and provide energy for extended periods.
This is commonly referred to as a "recovery" meal. AKA, the time to treat yo self! It's best to wait 30-60 minutes before eating, as this allows sufficient time for an increased production of enzymes needed to store energy and build muscle. High GI items are acceptable in a balanced portion, but should never be completely substituted for a healthy lunch or brunch. Proteins are most beneficial when included in this meal.
Ultimately, your food choices are entirely up to you, but whatever you put into your body will either help you or harm you. Fuel your body correctly so that you can smash your next session.
Whether you're a beginner surfer or at a higher progression level, focusing on your fitness has ripple effects on the quality of your surfing.
Being "surfing fit" is the key to enjoying each session and improving your overall health, as well as adding to your happiness in general. By building a better body, your success in the sport will become evident. A great exercise routine will increase your strength, develop your core control and improve your muscle co-ordination. Good muscle co-ordination will result in stronger and faster pop-ups, a stable upper body, deeper duck dives, as well as a host of other long-term health benefits.
So why master the perfect surfers push up? Being weak in this aspect means slower and less controlled pop-ups and duck dives. This slower motion will also mean less clean wave face rides and frustrating paddle-outs. Your risk of injury is increased when you're not fit to handle the ocean's power and your equipment correctly.
Why the push up? Several key movements of this specific exercise are needed for surfing. It is also great for full body strength development.
Gaining strength takes time, so always exercise within your physical ability. Remember that training your body efficiently means more fun in the water!