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.
Who said you can’t literally walk on water before catching a wave? Impossible mission? No way, Jose. Just install 100-foot plastic floating dock in a pristine surf break. They said it was one of the funniest things they have ever done. Balaram Stack, Imaikalani Devault, Noa Deane, Ozzie Wright, Mitch Coleborn, and Yago Dora have just had the time of their lives. Seriously, who could say no to an experience like this? Volcom teamed up with Stab to install a floating docking anchored in the middle of an A-frame peak in Bali, Indonesia. Yes, it looks both exciting and dangerous, but it worked out pretty well.
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Paddling is history: meet surfing’s floating dock
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
Thousands of anonymous surfers have paddled out in honor of surf legend and wetsuit pioneer Jack O’Neill, in Santa Cruz, California. He was a visionary and one of the dearest symbols of surfing. Jack O’Neill, the father of the modern wetsuit, died at 94, but his legacy will inspire future generations. On July 9, 2017, around 2,500 surfers paddled out at Pleasure Point, California, to pay tribute to the bearded surf pirate. After forming a circle in the ocean, they all splashed and threw flowers in the water.
Getting pounded by an overhead shore break wave is tough, and it can get worse if you’re held underwater for more than your lungs authorize you to. Taking a beating in big waves is a bit like dying – it’s a very personal and solo experience. But calm down, there’s good news – only rarely do people die/drown in this situation. Learning to deal with brutal wipeouts can be painful but, in surfing, there will always be a few moments when you wish you were at home watching inspiring movies about surfing in tropical waters.
How to take a beating in surfing