SALTY VS FRESHWATER SURF

We all have clear where the surf is born, but his salty origins have derived along the time and nowadays, you can find big level freshwater exclusively surfers… Rivers, lakes and the waves swimming pools, that have given the turn to the world turning into a true viral phenomenon, are the main spots of these surfers. We go in to analyze his breaks and the conditions in which they surf to decide what would remain us.

If you think in the surf, you think in the sea, the sand of the beach, the rocks of the reefs, the tubular waves breaking on these and inevitably, in the salt.
Which surfer doesn’t know the marine salt smell? Which surfer hasn’t noticed his body full of salt after a bathroom?… which surfer doesn’t have surfed in the sea?

Of course, we don’t go to tackle in the origin of the surf from the point of view of today because it is more than clear that the first surf was salty and that this has developed that the immense majority of the sportsmen that practice this sport, they do it in the sea. However, is unavoidable to receive surfer videos in lakes by the Internet, in rivers and in the first place of course, in the blessed swimming pools of waves. All these no salty surroundings have shown that they don’t have at all that envy to the ocean in which they joint. His waves can become fast or slow, interminable or short route, tubular or soft, static or with movement…. The big variety of conditions that these paces offer us deserve an attentive glimpse.

 


First, to initiate the discussion we would like to separate the surf in lakes for two main reasons. The first is that the way in which they form his waves is very similar to the one of the sea and thus it doesn’t need special attention or results interesting to compare. And the second of them comes in relation to the first and is that because the waves form the same but with swells of a lot of lower quality, the conditions that develop aren’t so suitable as in the rest of the no salty places.

Munich Airport

Therefore leaving sideways this appearance, look to the rivers surf. People said that there was it surfed less than ten times but that go there with a cork and take some waves in the river was an only feeling… Like this wave, you can found a lot of all around the world, I would say that an incalculable number of them. All that needs is a discharge the sufficiently strong as so that it breaks against a rock at the bottom of the river and that this positioned to create a foam with a bit of wall. And already it is, here you have it, to practical effects, an interminable wave. The most famous I would say that, by the number of visits in Youtube, carries it to him the wave of Munich on the river Eisbach. The other day precisely I saw a video of Mick Fanning surfing…

Mick Fanning surfing in Munich, Germany

Mick Fanning surfing in Munich, Germany


The other hand, also in the fluvial world, have the waves change of the tide that does that vary from time to time and attending strictly to the lunar periods, the rivers that receive them see to break huge waves in occasions with very good quality. In Alaska or in the Amazons, doesn’t matter, these true phenomena and natural shows happen unobserved by the majority of the world, so only affect, in grave occasions, to the communities that in a first hand receive it. The big problem that a priori can put him put into this practice is that you have to square it with a Swiss precision. Imagine you fail or seeing the wave break that goes to be able to surf while minutes and minutes… would be even until painful.

Surfing Amazonas

In addition to these two types of waves, of course, all the rivers have that remain exposed to big swells in the coasts in which they end and that receive waves that go river up of the significant way and that depending on the bottoms of the sedimentation, create surf waves or not.
A perfect example of this is the Urumea river in Donostia.

Urumea surfing

But of course, it wasn’t in the lakes where you could find better conditions, neither in the rivers by his frequency… once again the human arrived to invent something that would change the surf freshwater and that later would completely revolutionize the industry; the waves swimming pools. No, we aren’t speaking of the also viral videos of a giant swimming pool with many Asians with floats doing a human wave of humans spread in solar cream. We’re speaking about the waves swimming pools that allow carrying the surf to places where never before could have arrived. Of the blessed swimming pools that seem taken out of the most perfect dreams. Tubes, rip walls, sections to practice cutbacks… all have space in these artworks of engineering that hypnotized so many minds.


The competition organized by Kelly Slater the last month in his swimming pool broke the Internet, in this are all of the agreement. But it has been, the Wavegarden group those who have carried the thread conductive in the waves swimming pools development. What remained that left of two palms and half that saw to shatter to Medina does a pile of years? Those first videos of the left being surfed by surfers like Owen Wright, Aritz Aramburu or Mick Fanning gave the turn to the world when all even seemed a dream. Perfect waves in a swimming pool with an uncle giving him to the button when you want to? As practically yes. Little by little they were developing new prototypes with his corresponding viral videos until arriving at the last version, the Wavegarden Cove. This swimming pool is able to produce a big variety of waves and especially, being his more valuable attribute; they can consecutively surf waves in a seconds frequency.

 


These swimming pools have completely revolutionized the surfing industry since it’s the best road to arrive up to now into an unattainable public; the coast surfers with few waves or interior surfers. The future of competitive surf could also find a sweet answer, especially with the east entrance in the Olympic games.

 

The pro surfers that want to train when there aren’t waves, people that don’t have time to go to the beach and go to the swimming pool would be easier for them, people that prefer to pay and surf alone perfect waves… Is undeniable that this phenomenon supposed to be a before/after in the freshwater surf world, even in the surf world in general.

The freshwater surf shows only some characteristics and that they can resemble the ones of the surf regarding the satisfaction that it produces. Magic waves changing the perception of surf who people have in some seconds, or in some minutes. But freshwater surfers that wish surf in salt water exists, also the salt waters that don’t lose the opportunity to surf his own secret wave in a river when this decides to break. The waves swimming pools have arrived to change the sport and carry it to places and now unknown levels up. It would be a bit counterproductive, having already made the study, comparing both confronted surf types.

It’s clear that sea surf can’t be simulated by another way, and that the first base in the freshwater surf. But nowadays, with an unprecedented historical level change and without an apparent signal of braked, until the most related nature practices can find alternatives that improve the development of the sport and of the people that practice it.

MEET THE LIFT E-FOIL

Today we are going to talk about the new motorized surfboard, Lift e-Foil.

Regardless of what Jetson says, that Lift e-Foil was made to boost the rider taking the wave, this surfboard was invented to furrow the sea.
At first glance, we can see that it’s funny and easy to handle it, like a PlayStation with the joystick, but after trying it, we don’t believe it will be a competitor of surfboards, but rather with Paddleboards, cause you probably only search to navigate, not to do exercise.

In this case, we’ll leave the mechanical rowing system to add a touch of the 21st century, (laziness and electrical engine go hand in hand)
In our opinion, its perfect to rent or test if a friend has it, but in the long run, we would prefer to maintain the body exercise of having to row, and at the same time the satisfaction of moving forward with our own body

Now, we’re going to let you read the Features and choose by you’re own. Features and images obtained by LiftFoils 

Superior Lithium Battery Technology

Custom lithium battery built for a rugged marine environment. Coupled with performance and convenience, offers the most comprehensive safety components on the market. It lasts up to an hour -depending on rider weight/speed- and is enclosed in a corrosion protected, IP67 waterproof housing that allows it to be transported and installed safely. The battery is also easily replaceable and rechargeable. Just plug it in and go.

 Features

    • Battery Management System (BMS) with Redundant Safety Features.
      Equipped with a BMS that protects the battery against overcharging, overcurrent, excess voltage, deep discharge, short-circuit and overheating. In addition, all safety-related components contain a duplicate backup system.
    • Waterproof. 
      Fully submersible to IP67 standards keeping the internal components protected from moisture and corrosion.
    • High Energy Density. 
      Lasts approximately one hour riding at 15 mph.
    • Easily Interchangeable and Rechargeable. 
      Recharge time is 2.5 hours. Just plug it in and go.
  • Weight: 30 lbs.

Wireless Hand Controller

With complete control in the palm of your hands, you can easily adjust your speed for an effortless, smooth ride. By simply pressing the throttle you can go up to 25 miles per hour or automatically shut off the engine by releasing the lever. Rich content such as speed and battery charge percentages are displayed on the screen. Also floats and comes with a strap to keep it secured to your hand.

Features

    • Wireless Bluetooth Technology. 
      Every time you press the lever, the controller gives a wireless signal to the board. The motor then reacts instantaneously to adjust your speed.
    • Magnetic Actuator. 
      The trigger uses magnets and a hall effect sensor to control throttle actuation leaving the internal components sealed and completely waterproof.
    • Safety. 
      The hand controller commands the motor. The motor will automatically shut off by simply releasing the lever; if submerged in water; or outside a distance of 10 feet.
    • Display Screen. 
      Speed and battery charge percentages are displayed on the screen.
  • Automatic Power Regulation. 
    In the event of a low battery, the controller will automatically throttle you back to a low power setting allowing you to get back to shore safely.

Silent Electric Motor

Designed to be an extension of you. Unlike gas engines, electric motors have no lag and deliver maximum torque on command. This instant response allows you to have complete control over the motor. There is no delay from rider input to motor output making your ride not only safer but exhilarating.

Features

  • Motor Controller. 
    A Computer runs our electric motor. Programmed to set the perfect accelerations, decelerations and speed outlets so you get the most stability out of your ride.
  • Silent Electric Motor. 
    Lots of energy in a compact space allows you to travel swiftly through the water without the irritant noise created by gas engines.
  • Submersible in Water. 
    Every component is double sealed against the elements and uses high-end corrosion resistant materials.
  • Hydrodynamic Torpedo Design. 
    Pierces through the water smoothly with minimal drag.
  • Ducted Propeller. 
    Offers the best thrust to energy ratio over a variety of speeds. This helps to conserve battery power and maximizes thrust for an exhilarating ride.

 

Board & Foil Design

Lift set out nine years ago to create the best foils on the market. The knowledge gained from designing numerous foils through refinement and innovation pioneered the new smooth, easy to use hydrofoil featured in the Lift eFoil. It strikes the perfect balance between stability and maneuverability so you can lean, carve and edge with ease. A unique feeling that combines the sensations of surfing and flying all in one.

Features

  • Full Carbon Construction. 
    Both board and foil are built with an advanced carbon fiber construction.
  • Waterproof Hatch. 
    The hatch houses all of the electronics including battery and motor controller. It’s easily opened to activate the system and replace or charge the battery.
  • Wings are Interchangeable. 
    Lift specializes in different rides. With the e-Foil, you can swap out different wing designs for different flying sensations.
  • Breaks Down Into Individual Components. 
    The eFoil is easily assembled and taken apart. It breaks down into three separate components: board, motor/ mas, and wings. Each component comes with a bag/carrying case for proper storage and transportation.
  • Board, Foil and Motor Weight: 30 lbs.

MARTIN DALY’S STORY, THE BEST MENTAWAI DISCOVERER

Martin Daly is a great unknown on this side of the world, but in Indonesia and Australia is one of the surf living legends, and not just for having invented a surfboard model or for having founded a legendary brand of the sector.

Martin Daly must be able to enjoy some of the best waves in the world. More than 30 years ago, he began his adventure to discover the waves that were in the Mentawai. At the beginning of the eighties it was surfing in Bali, G-Land and also in Nías, but in between, there were thousands of kilometers of virgin coast.

The Mentawai Islands

It’s a small archipelago of volcanic islands located in Indonesia about 150 km from the central part of the west coast of the Sumatra island, from which the waters of the Mentawai Strait separate it. It is a clear example of an insular arch.

The main islands are Siberut (the largest of the archipelago, with 4,030 km²), Sipura (845 km²), Pagai del Sur (Pagai Utara) (622 km²) and Pagai del Norte (Pagai Selatan) (900 km²). Its capital is Tua Pejat, locality of the island of Sipura.

Nowadays it’s becoming very popular for surf and bodyboarding lovers, since there are usually good waves for the practice of these sports, whatever the weather conditions.


Life & Surf in the Mentawai

At the Nyang Nyang Island, in front of one of his five waves, you could find Ebay.

Ebay is a small paradisiacal beach, a short 15m of the water, in a typical  Mentawai Indians construction, remodeled and conditioned for the surfers, will be where to live a different trip experience. Every night according to the forecasts and his guides experience where to surf.

Obviously if it works, the wave in front of the surf camp, along left, hollow and with a reef no too dangerous, will be able to do you these tubes that dreamed during two or three sessions to the day without moving you from the place, at the side is Pit Stop wave, a fun right that puts in occasions powerful and fast and walking a while by the jungle in a direction or another will have two easy waves like Nipussi or Beng Beng.

But the Mentawai Islands and the Playground zone have tens of waves, surely in any place of the world will find such concentration, so on a lot of occasions if these go to work better, loads are eaten, water and surfboards in the Sabbit Surfcamp ship and put course to the wave that touch this day.

Usually some member of the Sabbit Mentawai Surfcamp staff devotes  to dive and fish the dinner that all will enjoy in the porch of the camp before reviewing the photos and videos of the day, or share watched and beers with other surfers and some local inhabitants experts in encouraging with his guitars and his harmonious music of islands.

The best is that all this will be able to enjoy it by €59 to the day with accommodation, complete pension and ship each day to surf in all the zone of Play Ground.


How to go

You can take a ferry that takes a whole night, traveling with the majority of the commodities to resupply to the small populations and where will share cellar with tens of people by some €8 or you can take the modern and fast “Mentawai Fast”, that takes some four hours, in which you will travel comfortably and that if you travel with tables will cost you some €35.

“The Mentawai Fast” goes out from Padang the Tuesdays and the Fridays to the 7 a.m and does a stop before arriving at the main population of Siberut.

Mentawai Fast

Take into account that for the turn are these days those that will be able to do it. You don’t take you out a flight for the Saturday in the morning as then you will have to go you already of Tuesday or pay a faster boat only for you that will cost a dineral.

Padang

In any case, once you arrive to Padang a member of the Sabbit Surfcamp Mentawai team will expect you in the airport, will carry you to the accommodation near of the port where remain  the majority of the surfers and will carry you the next day to take the Mentawai fast.

Berut

Once you arrive to Siberut another member of the team will carry you already to the boat of the Surfcamp and will begin your only experience sailing by the inner channels of the mangrove and afterwards by the zone of sea between islands until arriving to the Nyang Nyang Island.

There are a lot of places in the world with good waves, a lot of incredible destinations, but can ensure you that Mentawai, is in the rank of the most beautiful and with greater waves quality. Depending always of the swell, for many of his waves is important to be a surfer  with some experience, however exist waves more affordable for those who have less level or do not want to assume the risk that always comports to surf on the sharpen coral reefs thanks to which form these jewels that anybody dream to surf.


Good waves Season

The waves season is in March to October, however there are waves practically always, so the Surfcamp is opened all the year. In the last years has been usual that went in swell out of season to the equal that can happen that it do not go in in full campaign, in any case although the luck don’t accompany you and bombs fall by all sides, always will be able to surf each day in these waves that work when any another does it.

 


Daly knew that there had to be perfect waves and he sailed along the coast of all of Indonesia, but especially to the Mentawai to surf where nobody had been before.
His boat, the Indies Trader is one of the mythical charters for surfers that sail the waters of the Mentawai.

 


This GoPro video collects some of those moments and his first-person testimony.
The montage is spiced up with spectacular Felicity Palmateer, Mikala Jones, Marlon Gerber, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Anthony Walsh, and Kai Lenny images.

 

FIRST SURF MUSEUM IN SPAIN

The first surf museum in Spain opens in Valdoviño, Galicia

The Galician city of Valdoviño is going to become the first city in Spain having a specific surf museum, and it going to be called ‘Ocean Surf Museum’. This project going to situated at the Cultural House of Valdoviño, a building that received in his best days the National Prize of Architecture, a work of Manuel Gallego Jorreto, the architect.

Cultural House Valdoviño

The “Ocean Surf Museum” will do a review of the history of this sport in Galicia, his precursors, the evolution…
All documented and showed in graphic form. Besides, also it will have contained other related with surf disciplines like; the oceanography, the meteorology or the engineering. As logic, the museum will also have a devoted room to the Classic Pantin, the most important celebrated proof in Spain and one of the most ancient of the world.

You’re going to be able to contemplate the funds in the first flat, that has a glazed gallery with views of the Frouxeira beach, although the museum also will be able to become the exhibitions room of the Cultural House to organise temporary samples, as well as his auditorium could become a cultural centre, receiving cycles of cinema, festivals, congresses…etc.

 

The museum will have “unique pieces, like surfboards or wetsuits”, and in his first activity days, it will exhibit a sample of the surfboards collection of Enrique Artero. The surf history in Galicia is the conductive thread of the Ocean Surf Museum; from where it invites the visitor to make a route in this sport, starting from the beginnings until our days. For this, it will include “texts, planes, illustrations, original pieces, photographies and audiovisual”.

 


 

Likewise, the Classic Pantin will have his own “space stood out” in quality of “an exclusive protagonist in one of the rooms”.


The Pull & Bear Pantín Classic Galicia Pro remains one of the highest level tests in Europe within the WQS qualifying circuit. With 6,000 points in both his male and female, from August 29 to September 3 will bring together some of the most representative names in world surfing in Ferrol. Proof of this is that the last two winners of the competition, Kanoa Igarashi, and Sage Erickson, are among those chosen few, the best surfers on the planet, who fight to be world champions in the WCT.

The location in the calendar within the so-called European tour, with two relatively close WCT events (France and Portugal), and the hearth of an event that has already lasted 30 years have caused a stream of stars to end up being encouraged to dispute the throne of Pantín. The list of illustrious people who have participated is inexhaustible, from the legendary Tom Curren to Mark Occhilupo, Joel Parkinson or the brothers Andy and Bruce Irons.
This year won’t be an exception.

REMEMBER: Access to dunes outside of authorized travel sites is prohibited. It isn’t allowed to uproot plants or disturb wildlife.

A COMMITMENT: Help Pantin Classic be exemplary in the protection of the biodiversity it houses. Respect the signage, and place yourself in the authorized places to observe the test, but NEVER ON THE HIGH OF THE DUNES, NEITHER CROSS THE DUNES.

DO NOT LEAVE ABANDONED GARBAGE.

COLLABORATE with the environmental volunteering of the Pantin Classic and its activities.

 


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THE COLD DEFIANT

Inventor, innovative, founder of the brand O’Neill,  died in June, the 2 of 2017, in Santa Cruz (California) when he was 94 years old.
We would show you a list of the things that conformed a fully devoted life to the surfing.

It was born inside the country. Exactly, in Denver (Colorado) on 17 March 1923 , but he grows in Portland (Oregon) until his family moved  to San Francisco ( California ) in 1949.
He had his first contact with the surfing world in Ocean Beach, San Diego. There it jointed  with a local group of teenagers that faced up to the Californian cold waters with his surfboards , practicing bodysurf.

His first job was selling aluminium for the construction, fisherman and also selling extinguishers. Likewise , in the year 1940, it was an army pilot.


  • In 1951, Hugh Bradner, a fellow physicist of Jack, shipped in the creation of suits of neoprene of possible application for scuba divers of the military army, what inspired to O’Neill to start with to apply the idea to the surfing.

First Wetsuit

  • In 1952, it conditioned a garage to open one of the first surf shops of California, called “Surf Shop”, where it would begin to commercialize the suits of neoprene of his own brand: O’Neill.

 

First O’Neill shop

  • In 1954, he looked for a team of pro surfers, to which provide surfboards , to create the O’Neill’s team.
  • In 1970, he invented the ‘SuperSuit’, a new wetsuit made by inflatable neoprene, more comfortable than the first prototypes and very secure in an emergency possible situation in the ocean.

O’Neill’s Supersuit

  • In 1971, he accidentally lost an eye while testing a leash prototype. Since that , he would be forced to use a characteristic patch in his left eye.
Jack O’Neill with the eye patch
  • The first wetsuits factory (1974)

First Wetsuit Factory

During his retirement, Jack employed part of his time in environmental projects, like the defense of the Great Shark.
He also create the O’Neill Sea Odissey , that provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities


 

Evolution of the O’Neill’s Logo :

 


 

Most Famous Quotes by Jack

  • When I started, “surf” was to a dirty word. The city thought those guys out there were To the bunch of bums. They threatened to arrest them.
  • I had to surfer friend who wanted to work for the police, and when have went to the station, the chief took one look at the surfboard on his car and said, ‘Policemen gift’t surf.’
  • I just wanted to surf longer. I just worked on something to make it last longer.
  • I remember going to sleep at night. You see that wave, that wall of water, and that tube. It’s something with being close to nature like that, pretty hard to beat.
  • Guys were using sweaters from the Goodwill. I remember one guy got to jumper from the Goodwill and sprayed it with Thompson’s water seal, and have set out there in an oil slick.”
  • Surfing, for me, was kind of to therapy – jump in the ocean and feel alright again. You just get one wave, and everything’s okay.
  • All my friends said: ‘O’Neill, you will sell to five friends on the beach and then you will be out of business.’
  • When we started wetsuits, they used to laugh at us. But Then they could see that the first in with the wetsuit was the last out.
  • We didn’t have any money to put in advertising , under we’go always been very nice to the press, and they’go been very nice to us.
  • Nobody is Dwell surprised than I am about what’s happened.
  • It’s been To hell of to ride. Long may it continue.
  • Santa Cruz is the center of surfing.
  • The three most important things in life : surf, surf, and surf.
  • I’m not much into business; I’m into the ocean.
  • I’m just the surfer who wanted to build something that would allow me to surf longer.
  • The kids surfing today Plough doing things we never dreamed about.
  • The main thing with this house [Pleasure Point, CA] is to surf out there. In To spot like this, you can look out, see when it’s not too crowded, and grab your board and jump out to get to few waves.
  • Over half of our oxygen Eat from the ocean. I think if the ocean goes, we do too.
  • The ocean is alive, and we’ go got to take care of it. There is No doubt in  my mind that the O’Neil Was Odyssey is the best  thing I’go ever done.