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How To Wax Your Surfboard?

In Surfing on January 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I am on a roll with surf guides, this time one for complete beginners. Again the source of the wisdom is 360guide.info or well…my own head. Things are pretty simple when it comes to waxing but if no one tells you how even the simplest things can lead to disaster:). So how to do it?

Lets pretend we are starting with a clean unwaxed surfboard. These are the steps:

1. Base coat or not? There is a special type of wax called base coat which in meant for that first layer of wax on your unwaxed board. Ii is really hard and resistant. It helps bond the normal wax to your board and it helps create lon lasting wax bumps – this is what you want.

2. Either way base coat wax or not, grab a bar of wax and start rubbing and use the edge not the flat part!

3. How to rub? Make sure it’s nice, even, and that you cover the whole deck without any bald spots. There are 3 ways to do it:

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Use anyone U want, invent your own… I usually start with first one, then continue to second. By this time the base coat has formed bumps and I can take normal wax and finish it off with third waxing technique.

NOTE: Wax temperatures

There is one base coat wax for all temperatures. Regular waxes come in 4 different types: COLD, COOL, WARM, TROPICAL. Use the right one for the temperature you will be surfing in!

Enjoy!

Surfing The Adriatic

In Surfing on January 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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Adriatic sea and some south wind

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First one inside

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Walk down the point

This narrow sea doesn’t often deliver, but there are some hidden gem days and yesterdays was one of them., when we found a cool pointbreak with long peeling waves somewhat protected from the wind. Now we are waiting for the next one…

What kind of surfboard do I need?

In Surfing on January 4, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Shortboards

 

I have made a list and counted around 23 different surfboard types:

  1. Shortboard (Thruster, Quad, Bonzer)
  2. Step Up Board
  3. Step Down Board
  4. Hybrid
  5. Egg
  6. Fish (Hybrid Fish, Lis Fish)
  7. Longboard (Mal) (Log)
  8. Mini-mal (Mini Malibu)
  9. Funboard
  10. Mini Gun / Semi Gun
  11. Gun
  12. Rhino Chaser
  13. Tow Board
  14. Aerial Board
  15. Alaia
  16. Planing Hull and Mini Simmons
  17. Softboard and Softtop
  18. Surfmat
  19. Kneeboard
  20. Paipo Board
  21. Bodyboard (Boogieboard)
  22. (Hydro)Foil Surfboard
  23. Skimboard

An extensive explanation of each surfboard type: http://360guide.info/surfing/surfboard-types.html

Each one has their own characteristics and use. The most common one with intermediate and better surfers is the shortboard. But if you are a beginner then look for mini malibu or hybrid. Any funboard and a longboard are also ok. You need something wide thick and stable so you will catch more waves and be more stable at takeoff. This way you will improve faster.

Don’t get a soft surfboard, they are used in schools and are great for first timers but I would never buy them as my first surfboard.

 

How To Design And Paint Your Surfboard

In Surfing on January 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

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There are a few ways to paint your surfboard. First it’s the when you paint it:

  1. Paint on the blank before it is glassed. You can use airbrush, markers, colored epoxy… this means that you are involved into the surfboard making process, so most of the time this is not an option.
  2. Paint it while its laminated. There is a special technique with colored epoxy or polyester. Again you have to be involved in the making of the board.
  3. The most common way is to paint it when its finished. You get a white board and go crazy on it. The downside of this is that your art is exposed on the top of the board and needs to be protected or it will wash off. The fist two techniques are much more durable. But you can protect your art with a clear acrylic spray.

Then there are the painting techniques:

  1. Tinted epoxy or polyester. You can get interesting effects using this, blending colors etc…but it is the hardest way because you have to work fast before the resins harden.
  2. Airbrush. Get a spray gun with different nozzles and acrylic paint.
  3. Normal brushes. You can actually use any painting technique you want, just use acrylic colors and be careful not to put the colors on to thick.
  4. Markers. Using acrylic markers is the most popular and simple way to put your ideas onto the surfboard. The most popular brand are Posca pens. Get different sizes and colors and enjoy.

For ideas on what can be done and what to put on your board visit:

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Skull design

 

 

How To Pack Your Surfboard For Travel?

In Surfing on January 3, 2014 at 8:33 am
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Going someplace warm…

It’s cold winter and it’s time to hit the road and visit a place with warm water, warm weather and glassy waves. Hoe to pack your board so that the airline workers don’t smash it? It’s almost impossible to be 100% safe but here is what you can do to protect your surfboard on travel in a best way possible.

NOTE: For more info on different kinds of surfboard bags check this guide: http://360guide.info/surfing/ultimate-surfboard-bag-guide-and-packing-instructions.html

Surfboard Packing Tips

1. Fins – remove them! They are like little levers waiting to be hit from the side and making a mess. If you have glass on fins put a finbox over them.

2. Rail protection – protect your rails. Get a foam tube insulation, cut it in half and duct tape it to the rails.

3. Bubble Wrap – get a sheet of bubble wrap (the one with large bubbles if possible) and wrap your board in it.

4. Board Bag – if you are only taking one board then put it into boardbag and that’s it. If you have a boardbag that is the same size as your surfboard it should just fit in together with all the protection taped to it. They make bags a bit bigger.

If you are taking more boards in a bigger bag then here are a few more tips:

  • if you have room then bubble wrap each board separately, if not wrap them all together but put something between them (towel, one layer of bubble wrap…)
  • put the longest board at the bottom, the shortest one at the top
  • strap the boards inside the bag (most bags have internal straps)
  • fill remaining empty space with wetsuits, towels, clothes… and try to fix them so they dons move inside the bag. Don’t put any hard objects into the bag.

And most importantly – cross your fingers ;)

Nazare?! Big Waves This Chrismass

In Surfing on January 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I just came back from Portugal and this is what happened!:)

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The source of these and more Nazare big wave photos is 360guide.info (http://360guide.info/crazy-stuff/surfing-nazare-the-big-wave-raw-ocean-power-show.html)