The Seventh Wave Canterbury Surf champs presented by Southern Wahine is on this weekend, south side of the New Brighton Pier.
As an ole salty sea gal who competes in the senior woman’s division, I find it quite refreshing to be part of competition that is solely run for females by females, with a little help from some awesome guys.
Rather than beligerant lads sniggering as the senior ladies paddle out for their heats, the reception to seniors at an all women's comp is quite the opposite. The paddle out back past the pylons is met by a wave of hooting and cheering from the top of the pier.
Surfing in the cold is hard work. Not only does cold water surfing bring physical challenges, but is also strains us mentally. It can be really difficult to motivate yourself to jump into freezing waters, but as we all know, the feeling after a surf is always worth it. These tips aim to make surfing in the cold far less daunting, allowing you more time in the water.
Now, first and foremost I am going to start this article off by clearing something up.
WORKING ON YOUR POP UP IS NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS.
In surfing, every split of a second counts. Wether you are paddling into a wedgey shorey, or jumping up onto a fat two ft wave, without a quick and confident pop up, the potential of each wave is compromised instantly. Though many of us get up “fast enough,” popping up in the blink of an eye, consistently, will give us a huge advantage straight off the bat. Magically, the drops become mellower, the first turn much easier to anticipate and all of a sudden you just seem to hav...
Entering the surf through a rock jump is a very quick and direct way to get to the waves. It usually saves both energy and time, and often can allow instant access to the best part of the break. Rock jumps aren’t all butterflies and rainbows however…they can be dangerous resulting in broken bones, broken boards and shattered dignity. Below are some tips to ensure you and your board enter the surf, scratch free.
When scuttling across the rocks, keep low. This ensures a lower centre of gravity meaning you are much less likely to slip over. Have one arm out ready to grab onto rocks or other objects...
Surfing with friends is undoubtedly more enjoyable than surfing on your own. It is special to be able to share such moments with those close to you. In years to come, you can recall on “that time” when you scored perfect wave after wave. However not only does surfing with a friend provide you with pleasant memories, but surfing with a friend that surfs better than you will actually improve your surfing. Dramatically. Below a 4 reasons why you need to find a surf partner who rips.
Understand their patters and habits
By surfing with somebody who is above your level, you can watch and learn the tricks of the trad...