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Why ride a fish surfboard?

Why ride a fish surfboard?

When you first see a fish surfboard, you may be left wondering, “What a strange looking shortboard?” When you look beyond the design, you will notice that is has quite some volume; short, thick, wide, huge tail and that noise… then it hits you that the board actually looks like a fish!   Steve Lis holding his fish surfboard in 1970   Backtrack to 1970, there is a revolution taking over the surfing world. Practically every surfer is coming up with a custom surfboard design. The shortboard was running wild. Wave riding is limited to one’s imagination. Then came Steve...

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Should I Rinse my Surfboard with Fresh Water or Salt Water?

After purchasing a surfboard it is important to keep it in good condition. Things like rinsing with salt water vs. fresh water can make the difference on the length of the life of your surfboard. A question that often arises with beginner surfers is, "Should I rinse my surfboard with fresh water or salt water?" Definitely stick to freshwater, as saltwater is corrosive to the board. When you rinse your surfboard with fresh water it will allow you to keep your board looking as good as new for as long as possible. Also, try and keep your board out of...

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How Long Is It Going To Take Me To Ride My First Wave?

How Long Will It Take Me To Ride My First Wave? Typically for any beginner, we would suggest taking a few lessons to begin with just so you can get the hang of the motions, as well as being able to ask as many questions to your expert teacher. After a few lessons, it is up to the individual and how often they are willing to spend in the water practising. Some people pick up how to catch a wave quickly, while others, it takes longer to learn how to balance and get used to the movements. The more hours...

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Progressing to a better Surfboard

Progressing to a better surfboard can be hindered by your board choice. So when do you know when it’s time to make the transition and what is the ideal board for this? This transition generally happens when you feel as though your longboard is getting bogged when you turn/manoeuvre your board. When you are regularly venturing into larger surf and  need to be able to duck dive. You’ve been surfing for quite some time and would like to apply your skills on a longer board to a new style of surfing If you want to make the transition to a shorter...

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What is the best surfboard for beginners?

Authored By DisruptSports

One of the most common mistakes that new surfers make is choosing the wrong board to learn on. The best surfboards for beginners depends on things like body size, fitness level and goals when surfing. There are a few basic tips to help you avoid rookie mistakes and make finding a beginner board a little easier. Start out with a used surfboard. Don't go too small to learn on. The best board size depends on your body size.   Start with a used board It can be tempting to go out and buy the coolest surf board you can find but as a beginner that is a huge mistake. When you are learning to catch waves for the first time you are very likely to damage your board. There...

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How Surfboard Fins Work

Authored By DisruptSports

You may have wondered how surfboard fins work? Well fins increase the control of a surfboard lift maintains the direction of the board Drag affects the speed of the board. Forward placed fins make a board more maneuverable. Fins closer to the tail make a board easier to control. The introduction of fin technology on a surfboard is one of the most important innovations in the history of surfing. It has allowed the sport to reach heights that were previously thought to be impossible.   For many people, getting a grasp on how surfboard fins work and their importance is...

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