Surfing is a year-round sport because somewhere on the planet there is a storm. And where there is wind, there are waves. If you are extremely wealthy – like top company executives or lottery winners – then you can book a private jet to the Mentawais for winter’s next big swell. But all jokes aside, surfing, like stick and ball sports can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Yes, we do have seasons for professional contests like the World Championship Tour. But those contests are dependent on promotional timing and premium surf conditions.
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Why is surfing a year-round sport?
Summer is always a synonym of surfing. Can you imagine surfing without summer and vice-versa? We can’t. But not everything is perfect. Wake up, go to the beach, catch some waves, refresh a bit in the shade, relax under the sun, surf a bit more, get some rest and repeat – that is the perfect holiday plan for a surfer in the summer. It’s that time of year when it feels good to catch a wave, end the session with a fresh orange juice or a cold beer, and spend some time with your friends discussing who got the best wave, and which beach will you be exploring the next day. The days are long and sunny, the water is warm, and there is time for everything.
Sophie Goldschmidt is the new CEO of the World Surf League (WSL). The British executive will lead the pro surfing circuit from August 1, 2017. Goldschmidt has a long career in the sports industry. She started working in 1999 as sports marketing manager for Adidas. In 2003, she was named vice-president for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
A South African company developed a lockable roof rack for surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, and other watercraft. The new system simplifies the transport because it eliminates the use of straps to secure watercraft to your vehicle, whether it’s a kayak or board. Lockrack’s simplicity relies on curved arms to secure gear to the roof rack, and the patented theft prevention system adds extra peace of mind.
Lockrack: the lockable surfboard car rack system
Working schedules, family duties, seasonal moods, and aging are some of the reasons why, many times, you end up surfing alone. But that could be good. Or not. Many people like to surf alone. Because they can manage their time before, during and after the session, and because they can choose the break they prefer at any given time. Unfortunately, in many cases, we’re not actually alone – we’re taking turns in a ultra-crowded urban lineup where all surfers are strangers to each other. Let’s admit it: surfers rarely talk to each other in the ocean.
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The pros and cons of surfing alone