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 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 04:00 pm
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SMUKES wrote:
Blast It!
This. Me thinks the fish smells, matey!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 05:04 pm
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+1 on the fishy smell

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 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 05:30 pm
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Gnarly, bro!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 07:48 pm
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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 12:50 am
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Try read brah...
http://jamboards.com/view_topic.php?id=7073&forum_id=1&jump_to=91157#p91157

Aloha

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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 01:09 am
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Knots wrote:
Try read brah...
http://jamboards.com/view_topic.php?id=7073&forum_id=1&jump_to=91157#p91157

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This changes everything. Make that 3.5 board lengths.

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To all with serious answers: Thanks. Seems I'll have to experiment more with angled takeoffs. And maybe jumping onto the board a second before the wave is really here. (the latter may be silly but I'll give it a try next surfing holidays.)

Thanks Knots reminding me of my post years ago, I had already forgotten it. However my problem now is different. Meanwhile I have learned how to lift the nose sidewards before it dives - if I'm already on the board and on waves a bit bigger than 5 ft. The thing that got on my nerves recently in surfing holidays was these steep 5 ft waves lifting the tail and diving the nose in a second with me still not popped up. Well I could sit more outside in such cases of course, I know, but what can I do, I sit where I sit and that wave looks how it chooses to look and I'd like to get it anyway, steep or not. It's this "oh this wave may be a bit steep already but I'll try it...and - s&*t"

Last edited on Sun Dec 15th, 2013 07:26 pm by Dieter

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What are surfing Holidays? Possibly it's the only surfing term that is not a cliche'.


Could be the reason for pearling year, after year, after year. If you are only in the water for a few days each year it's tough to improve. Learning to read all the changing conditions and variables requires an understanding gained by time spent in the water.

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"...when I had had my 2 weeks per year surfing holidays in december..."

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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 11:23 pm
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a little angle and paddle even faster than you might always paddle, speed is your friend

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The mere fact that you spend two weeks in the Canaries each year has me quite jealous. Stick with it and enjoy every moment!

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Commit totally. Any hesitation is bad. Angle your board a little and if the nose starts to pearl, arch your back a little more and it should pull out. Get to your feet quickly and go for it. Even the best surfers blows a wave once in a while. No shame in going down with the ship as long as you are charging. The only way to learn is to try. Don' hesitate once you decide to go for the wave. It's only water.

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Contrarian here...

If your nose digs, go with it. You're F'd anyway. Do you want to get pummeled and risk a broken back and lungs full of water, or do you want to swim through and try again?

Big (double board-length, for argument's sake) wave, nose goes underwater on the drop: dive in, wrap your arms around your head, roll into the trough, extend, kick, stretch, and swim for deep water. Upside down or rightside up, leash or not - doesn't matter at all. Kick and crawl and fight for clear dark water without bubbles. Make it out, live to fight another day. Or another wave.

Sometimes, things aren't worth saving. Like a bad decision or a s&*tty drop. Learn from your misjudgement and don't repeat it... but also don't let it work you all the way back to the parking lot.

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concerning the "surfing holidays": well, where I live the next waves are 1.000+ miles away. but that doesnt keep me (and my friends) from surfing. only it takes many years until you can say you know how to surf under such circumstances (still not like a pro of course...). luckily I live near the city of munich where there are some river waves which I surf on a 5'10. but "real" surfing is at the sea.

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Dieter..........I see where you are coming from. The cold doesn't bother me but, I wouldn't attempt what's on this vid...........


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBdm15wRqig

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 Posted: Mon Dec 16th, 2013 12:20 pm
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Some of the guys on that vid belong to the best in munich (and europe, as far as river surfing is concerned).

I can't compare with them.

Some surf every day, and surf even in winter with ice along the river :-)

(and in darkest night...)

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Benny wrote: Sometimes, things aren't worth saving. Like a bad decision or a s&*tty drop. Learn from your misjudgement and don't repeat it... but also don't let it work you all the way back to the parking lot.

Well said Benny.

Keep working with your board. You will get it dialed in.

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dingdong wrote:
I've been told to try to angle the take off

I agree with this. Another similar trick that also works well is the fade takeoff -- sit a little farther out on the shoulder where the wave is a little softer and angle towards the curl. Once you catch the wave, swing a big turn to head back towards the shoulder. It usually sets you up in a nice position for the wave, and it looks cool too.

Kind of like this, but don't forget to paddle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBMi2yj3CSo

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Benny wrote:
Big (double board-length, for argument's sake) wave, nose goes underwater on the drop: dive in, wrap your arms around your head, roll into the trough, extend, kick, stretch, and swim for deep water. Upside down or rightside up, leash or not - doesn't matter at all. Kick and crawl and fight for clear dark water without bubbles. Make it out, live to fight another day. Or another wave

Gulp... I thought surfing was a bunch of us model types with chicks and multi colored zinc, trunking it, laughing, with more chicks, and drinking imported beer on the beach... You make it sound scary!

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Chilly Willy wrote: dingdong wrote:
I've been told to try to angle the take off

I agree with this. Another similar trick that also works well is the fade takeoff -- sit a little farther out on the shoulder where the wave is a little softer and angle towards the curl. Once you catch the wave, swing a big turn to head back towards the shoulder. It usually sets you up in a nice position for the wave, and it looks cool too.

Kind of like this, but don't forget to paddle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBMi2yj3CSo
i saw a girl do that once, wow was all i could think

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