Life is a journey, and much like surfing, sticking to a few basic rules or courtesies can make the ride a lot smoother.
The rules of surfing are universal codes. Let’s see how surfing etiquette can so easily apply to us all in our every day life…
1. No Dropping In.
This surf etiquette rule reminds us that in life we should respect and honor other people’s choices in their life’s purpose.
2. Wait your Turn.
Being aware of your place in the queue in your journey for anything is a great life skill.
3. Don’t get out of your Depth.
Much the same in the real world, we all need to realize our limitations.
4. Respect the Locals.
We all know the saying “When in Rome..”.
5. Keep Control.
In life’s journey you need to be responsible for yourself and your well being.
6. No Discrimination.
Opening up your mind to others regardless of gender, race or religion can be great for expanding your soul.
7. Look out for others.
If you see someone needing assistance, help them.
8. No Rage.
Breathe in with love and out with love.
9. Right of Way.
Give way when you need to. Unnecessary confrontations in life just take up energy that is best used for more positive activities.
10. Respect the Environment.
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos or memories.
Life’s journey will always be an adventure. Enjoy the ride of the wave. Smooth waves are the best, but not knowing what the next set of waves will bring always adds to the excitement of life.
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Remember that old saying, ‘you are what you eat’? Well, your parents were right. Our bodies have the amazing ability to break down food into minuscule chemicals to be absorbed by our cells and used as energy. Mondo accomplishment, but there’s a catch! Your body can only be as amazing as the ingredients it gets to work with.
At their smallest level, our foods can fall into one of two categories, micronutrients or macronutrients. Micronutrients are the trace elements that are essential for healthy bodies such as organic acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Fresh foods like fruits and vegetables are loaded with micronutrients – yay! Macronutrients are the energy sources and structural calories in our foods that are needed for normal growth and development. The three main components of macronutrients are proteins, carbs and fats. Proteins provide the building blocks and amino acids necessary for life. Carbohydrates are our source for on demand energy. And, fats supply our bodies with stored energy for future use.
Our bodies and minds need both macro and micro nutrients in moderation to stay healthy and strong. But its not just the quantities we need to pay attention to – the quality of our foods will have vastly different micro and macro nutrient contents. Because removing vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals from foods can extend shelf life, most processed foods have a high macronutrient and caloric content at the expense of micronutrients. Instead, choose foods like locally sourced fruit and veggies or organically raised meats to get more bang for your buck at the cellular level.
Opening all the windows and airing out the house can be like a breath of fresh air for your home. The warmer weather invigorates us to clean out closets, garages, and basements. But there is one area most people overlook when it comes to spring cleaning – themselves!
Consider your ‘everyday’… How many pollutants are you exposed to? Pollutants include everything from air pollution and food additives to personal care products and cleaning products. One of the most common culprits clogging our bodies today is in the processed foods we consume. After absorbing and filtering these toxins day in and day out, it is no surprise that there are great benefits to giving your body a break every now and then.
For centuries, cultures have practiced detoxification of the body as a way to boost energy levels, relieve pain, and promote the body’s healing abilities. It’s like spring cleaning our bodies!
So, without further ado, here are 4 tips to help you detox your diet:
Some essential accessories required for surfing are
Wax: There are many different types of surfboard wax, they all do the same thing – they stop you from slipping off the surfboard when you are either paddling, or up surfing. At the beginning of a session, Surf Wax is applied to the deck of the board in the positions where the feet will be placed. It can also be applied to the rails where the hands will be gripping for duck diving or popping-up. Simply rub the wax on to the board. As long as you apply plenty of wax then you should be OK.
Deck Grip: Deck Grip and Foot Pads are widely used in surfing. They are a permanent fixture to the deck of the board and they replace the traditional use of surfboard wax for grip. Most commonly used for just the back foot, deck grip can be bought for the entire length of the board if so desired. Some have kick tails, some have nobbley bits, some are bright luminous colors!
Leash/Leg rope: The leash, or leg rope as it is also known, is used to attach your board to your leg, so after falling off you do not have to swim back to the beach to retrieve your board. An invaluable piece of surfing equipment. The leash is attached to a plug near the tail of the surfboard at one end, and around the bottom of your back leg just above the ankle by a velcro strap.
Board Bag: If you want to keep your board in good order then get yourself one. What type of board bag needed depends on what you will be using it for. If storing your board in the garage and want something to keep the dust off then any old bag will do. If you are traveling you’ll need at least 3mm thickness, and maybe a multi board bag. It’s always a good idea to take more than one board so you have the right board for the right conditions, and/or a back-up.
Surfboard Nose Protector: A Surfboard Nose Protector or Nose Cone is a little, inexpensive piece of surf equipment. It serves two purposes. First it helps prevent damage to the nose of the surfboard, secondly and most important is that it transforms the deadly pointed nose of a board into a less dangerous weapon. The nose cone is a relatively cheap piece of safety equipment, one that you never think about but certainly will if you happen to need it.
Rashguard: A Rashguard, also known as a Rashvest is an essential piece of equipment for the surfer. Our favorite rashguards are those by designed with women in mind by Carve Designs. Their uses are threefold… No 1 – it stops you getting a rash when you are surfing. Rubbing yourself up against a surfboard for hours can chafe, and leave you sore – not to mention rashes under the arms and around the neck. No 2 – they keep the sun off your skin. If you are surfing in the midday sun you will get burnt to a crisp, but not if you have your rashvest on. No 3 – they can give you a little extra layer of warmth for a lot less cost than a new wetsuit.
Whether it is 8 degrees or 80 degrees outside, drinking plenty of water is great for maintaining a healthy mind and body. When properly hydrated the body can thinking more clearly, act more quickly, and avoid feeling cramped up after an intense surf or yoga session. Below are some of our favorite BPA-free water bottles for easy and convenient water consumption.
Imagine standing at one end of a wave tank and running a wave-making machine at perfectly regular intervals. What would you expect to see at the opposite end of the tank?
This question inspired pioneer wave researchers to perform a series of experiments. When the researchers observed the waves forming sets at the opposing end of the tank, they assumed their wave-making machine must not have been working properly. After precisely calculated adjustments were made, the researchers repeatedly observed the same results. Their discovery? The train of waves created at regular intervals arrived at the opposite end of the wave tank in sets.
This result inspired engineers to take a second look at the equations used to predict wave motion. They discovered that tiny fractions of energy (often dismissed or overlooked) were slowly being transferred from the leading and trailing waves in a set to the center wave.
So, what does this mean for us surfers? Even on days when the winds are consistent and blowing uniformly, waves will still form into sets. This also means that waves sets that have traveled thousands of miles (like those hitting the Hawaii coast every day!) will be more organized than local windswells. Start building your travel fund and pack you bags, the beautiful and consistent Hawaiian swells are waiting for you!
As the line-up of surfers gather in the morning surf, there is something so comforting about seeing other women out in the water. Women bring something special to the lineup and always have a knack for making things enjoyable. Here are a few of our favorite things about women surfers…
- Women cheer each other on when catching a wave.
- Women are not bashful about letting out a scream when we wipeout or feel something squishy in the murky water.
- Women are instinctively on the lookout, surveying the water for anything that may be out of place.
- Women encourage each other to catch waves, and will try to work around each other if they catch the same wave.
- Women are happy to take turns because we know there is always another wave on the horizon.
- Women keep an eye out for others in the line up – great for safe swimming and avoiding emergencies.
- Women will call each other for a surf date, make plans, and share stories making it a social gathering.
- Women tend to forgive and forget a missed wave or near collision.
- Women don’t bother asking each other about what size swimsuit they’re wearing.
- Women are naturally nurturers and share surfing tips with each other.
We’ve run into some pretty nice surfer guys out there too, but nothing beats a surfing sisterhood. The more women we see out in the waves, the more excited we get! Next time you’re headed out for a surf session, consider inviting a friend. Introducing a fellow feminine spirit to all that surfing can offer women may be just what they are looking for. You could even get a group together and inquire about one of our custom retreats for 2014.
As for the days when we are the sole source of feminity in the lineup, know that there are women world-wide cheering you on from a far. What are some of your favorite things about women surfers?
Although your swimsuit might seem like the last thing you’d be focusing on when going out to surf, it can easily ruin a good surf outing if things aren’t staying in place the way they should. Popping up on your board while dropping in on a wave takes a focused mind and your swimsuit can quickly distract you if it is not behaving the way it should. So here are a few tips on what to look for in a swimsuit for a blissful surfing experience.
Over the years, our Swell guests have sported some really great bathing suits for surfing. Check out the gallery below for swimsuit ideas!
Keep the above tips in mind so that the next time you plan to buy a bathing suit, you’ll make the best decision. What tips do you have to share with fellow surfers about picking the best swimsuit for surfing?
Your surf potential is limitless! Whether you’re just getting into surfing or you want to boost your already well-developed abilities, using the affirmations below will help shape you into the surfer you want to become.
Practicing these affirmations to help you find peace of mind while out on the water, build your confidence, and stay focused on the positive. Recite them daily for best results!
12 Surfing Affirmations
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but can you guess the best way to keep excess fat away? Drinking at least 8 glasses of water is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to trim the fat.
Water naturally suppresses the appetite and boots our metabolisms by allowing the kidneys and liver to function properly. It will also prevent dehydration, giving our muscles the ability to contract naturally (think instant toning!). And, believe it or not, the trick to getting rid of excess water retention is to drink more water.
On the average, we should each drink a MINIMUM of eight 8-ounce glasses every day. That’s 2 liters, 64 fluid ounces, or four 16.9 oz bottles of water. Once you’ve consumed the proper amount of water in a given day, you will reach your “breakthrough point.” This is the point when your endocrine-gland are properly functioning, you are no longer retaining excess water, a natural thirst has returned and your liver is free to metabolize fat properly.
Sometimes drinking our eight glasses of water a day can get away from us. Here are 16 tips to help you stay on track and get your daily water:
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