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Surfing Shop for beginners and professionals

 

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What surfing means?

Who hasn't dreamed of elegantly gliding over the waves? Or to ride over the water with a sail in your hand and the wind in your hair while being on a board? Or float over the water with a kiteboard and a paraglyder? Every surfer has his favourite materials and equipment. There is also a difference between surfing and windsurfing. You can buy everything you need in the surf shop. Our shop Surferworld offers the widest possible selection of surfing utensils. From ultra-modern and new to classic for the "Good-ol'-Surfer", everything is there.

 

The history of Surfing

Every surfer will find himself here. It can be the original surfing with a longboard or stand-up paddling, short SUP, both types and both forms of water sports can be find in our surfing shop. Surfing has different characteristics and has developed since the first surfing from the cultural wave gliding of the islanders of Hawaii to a popular sport, which can be afforded from any purse. The traditional form of surfing was a kind of spiritual worship of the Hawaiian natives.

The roots of this kind of contest go back to the named chief Kamehameha I.. In connection with the Mahahiki festival he conducted a kind of contest, which was historically mentioned and documented. This cultural peculiarity mostly took place as a wave gliding along with tied palm clusters. After the conquest of Hawaii by European seafarers and the introduction of their culture to the islands, the original form of cultural religious life was almost completely forbidden and almost forgotten. Only later, around 1908, surfing was rediscovered and made famous with the foundation of the first Hawaiian surf club. He also came from Hawaii and brought surfing to different countries of the world. Namely it was the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a descendant of the famous chieftain, who made surfing known worldwide via Australia and Great Britain. In 1920 it was Tom Blake who became an ambassador for the sport.

 

Today's surfing

Today's surfing started as so-called surfing in the 50's by the director from Hollywood Peter Viertel, who made the sport known in Biarritz. The modern shapes of the boards also varied the shapes and lengths. In the beginning the long boards of the American lifeguards were used. Later the boards were cut off and shortened to the shape of a shortboard. Then they used exactly these boards without sails and mast for surfing. Later, surfing became established in southern France and became one of the first spots in Europe alongside Sylt. In Germany, the names of Dieter Behrens and Walter Viereck are associated above all with marketing for surfing in modern times. These promoted the awareness of surfing in Germany enormously.Surf Shop

With the foundation of the first surf club of Sylt, which just received its equipment from southern France, the reputation and popularity of surfing and its disciplines in Germany picked up speed. Both surfing and windsurfing existed on Sylt. At that time, foam boards were already in use and not the wooden boards that were used in Hawaii in the early days. Surfing in Europe began on the coasts of the West and then expanded by broadening the range of inland water sports to include mass sports. Various swimming schools offer learning to surf at the biggest spots in Europe, but also in Germany. On this website you can see the biggest and best spots in Europe.

 

Learning to surf

Learning to surf usually begins on land and continues with balance exercises on the board. First in a belly position on the beach without a board and then lying on the board on the shore, the uprighting and balancing on the board is practiced again. Then the standing up on the board follows. Later, the up and down of the surf tip is practiced on the beach by shifting the balance while standing at the end of the board. This weight shift later influences the speed of the rider on the wave. The slower the board is to get, the higher the end of the board has to be pushed into the water. The tip of the board must protrude out of the water. With the weight shift to the right and left of the board, the direction of the surfing manoeuvre is controlled. After the land exercise units the exercise units follow on the water. 

Because of the different surf manoeuvres, which can be done with varying lengths of boards differently well, the optimal and therefore suitable length is crucial with the contests. The successful turning manoeuvres and the bottom-up are sometimes decisive for the overall score during the contest. This form of gliding up the wave wall is the most important wave movement at the start of the ride. When gliding into the wave, or slide-in, and standing up on the board, it is important to maintain balance and shift weight with your feet. The shorter a board, the smaller the radius in which the balancing point can take place. Depending on the position, up to 3 fins can usually be mounted to stabilize the direction, and for the grip of the feet, the board is usually rubbed with a so-called surf wax.

Loops are not mounted on the waveboard. The pivot point on the board is especially important when gliding on the wave and is sometimes more difficult to find with loops. The serpentine movements on the wave edge can sometimes be carried out more easily with a shorter board and greater foot freedom. However, a leash is essential. This is the so-called Loan, which is the connecting line between the athlete's foot and the rear of the board and prevents the loss of the board in the event of an unintentional descent. 

 

Special driving manoeuvres

But there are also many maneuvers that take place within a wave, a so-called tube. It is only a shortened bottom-up and a so-called immersion movement takes place, which enables wave riding in the turning wave. The best known wave forms are the so-called fetch, which is formed by the wind on the sea and the so-called barrel, which forms a so-called tube at break, in which the surfer can enter. This art form of surfing is mainly used during competitions.

 

Different disciplines of surfing

In these competitions it is all about the test of strength on the spot and at this time. The best known participants on the German side are the following two names: Marlon Lipke and Sonni Hönscheid. Both are active in the disciplines Stand-up-Paddling and Windsurfing and Surfing. Among other things, they compete in the World Cup and World Championships Long Distance and ASP World Tour formats. In the USA, the icons Garrett McNamara and Robert Kelly Slater are the biggest names in surfing. 

In addition to technical competitions and speed competitions, this sport has already made it into the Guinness Book of Records. The latest one was set up by the Brazilian Carlos Burle in Nazaré, Portugal, on 8 November 2017. The wave was about 30 meters long and he is said to have beaten the American McNamara and his world record.

 

The boards

For surfing the following utensils are mostly used and needed:

  1. The board,
  2. A leash,
  3. Wetsuit,
  4. Wax for the board
  5. Sail and fin for windsurfing

 

Before it comes to the maintenance, first you must clear up the differences. As the main tool of the surfer, the board is the A and O for the athlete. There are different variants and models, about which the buyer must inform himself very well. Since their creation, the surfboards have not only gone through different materials, from which they were made, but also the designs changed. In the beginning the boards were characterized by the material wood and had a flat short form. In modern times, foam boards made of water-repellent and very light and floating plastic, such as polyester or epoxy resin-impregnated glass fibre fabric, began to enjoy increasing popularity. The first boards had a point at the bow and a straight edge at the stern of the board. Later this shape was partly replaced by a pointed oval overall shape. What they all had in common was a thin plywood core for longitudinal stability.

These boards are especially suitable for windsurfing with sails and fins with a length of approx. 2 meters, so-called longboards. In contrast, the shortboards are very suitable for surfing. The shortboards are divided into the following types according to their length: Mini Malibus, Evolution Boards, Standard Shortboards and Fish or Egg or Frog. The dimensions of a surfboard are usually given in the English length and width dimensions, i.e. in feet and inches. The volume, which is given in liters, determines the buoyancy force of the board. This is calculated before the purchase with the weight and the size of the user to find the right length and width of the board. Since 2016 the boards are increasingly being used for stand-up paddling by rowing standing or kneeling with a paddle and so that the board moves through the water. The better solution for this is the softer and inflatable SUP, which has been on the market since this summer. These are foldable and take up less storage space.

Whereas the surfboards used to be one-dimensional, today's boards are shaped in all directions, at most adapted to the water. The cut-off oval shape is usually supported by the round height. This makes it easier to find the centre of gravity and also reduces the risk of tipping. The racing cars under the boards are the so-called gun boards. You can drive high speeds on the water, where against the so-called bodyboards mostly in lying are used and are suitable for higher waves.

 

 

 

 

The surfboard maintenance and tools

The maintenance of these boards is usually very time-saving and very inexpensive. By the acquisition of a surf bag the many possible damages are already banished. Likewise, the surf bag can also take care of it, because it mostly consists of solid materials, that it repels and prevents almost all light external pressure and impact damages. This means that the storage of the sensitive board does not become too costly.

 

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Wax is usually used for a better grip on the board. This wax must be washed off from time to time so that it does not attack the outer shell of the board. The fin must always be removed when transporting the board before and after surfing. External damage to the board must be repaired with so-called cosmetic repairs. Above all, it must be ensured that no holes or scratches occur in the outer shell due to shocks or external pressure. These can impair the buoyancy of the board and endanger the life of the surfer unnecessarily. A sealing foam compound can be used for this purpose or, if no knowledge is available, a specialist shop such as a surfing shop can be approached. Otherwise the care of the board is very easy and not expensive. Only the storage space for a dry and cool and protected storage can develop to a very important question. 

 

Final thoughts

Then all those interested in surfing can only be advised one thing: Have fun and watch the sport without forgetting your own safety!