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Xcel Drylock Booties

In Surfing, Wetsuits on April 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

Got new booties and they make quite a difference. Here is a short review of the Xcel Drylock booties, 5mm… if you are thinking of buying them I can give them thumbs up, I’m very satisfied (using them for a few months now). Here is a full review that I’ve made.

When The Water Turns Red

In Surfing on April 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

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After a heavy rain that felt like a tropical storm the rivers of mud rushed from the fields into the lineup and painted the sea in red. It was quite a sight.

How To Check Wetsuit Thickness

In Surfing, Wetsuits on March 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

The thicker the warmer. But how to check how thick in your neoprene wetsuit? Here is how:

How To Store Your Wetsuit When You Are Not Using It?

In Surfing, Wetsuits on March 21, 2015 at 10:13 am

Here is a quick guide that will tell you how to store your wetsuit and what NOT to do:

How To Buy a Wetsuit – Video Guide For Beginners

In Surfing, Wetsuits on March 19, 2015 at 10:12 am

I started with a series of video guides for people interested in buying their first wetsuit but not knowing exactly what to look for. In this guide I explain everything you need to know before your first purchase: what are wetsuits and how do they work, what makes a good wetsuit and which features are important to have if you want to be as warm as possible. Hope you like it.

Wetsuit Guide for the 14/15 Season

In Surfing, Wetsuits on December 31, 2014 at 12:28 pm

bodyglove-topaz-wetsuit xcel-revolt-wetsuitThere is a new wetsuit buyers guide for the 14/15 season featureing 12 different wetsuit brands and over 50 different wetsuits. If you are in the market for a new wetsuits or just curious whats going on in the wet development check it out here.

To all the rest – I wish you a happy new year!

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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