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Surfing Mecca! How to experience Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture

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Surfing Mecca! How to experience Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture

Surfing is a new competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The venue for the competition is the Tsurigasaki surf beach in the town of Ichinomiya in Chiba prefecture, where Narita Airport is the air gateway. Ichinomiya town attracts many people who enjoy surfing for 1 year.

Chiba Prefecture is located in the east of Tokyo – the capital of Japan. This is where there are many popular places with tourists such as Narita Airport or Tokyo Disney Resort.

The majestic nature is still preserved here, especially Ichinomiya town in eastern Chiba prefecture overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where there are many recreational activities on the sea. The largest coastline in Japan with a total length of 66km Kujukurihama attracts many tourists to admire the sea.

Among the sports activities on the sea, the town of Ichinomiya is especially famous for surfing. At Tsurigasaki Beach, south of Kujukurihama Beach, there is also an international surfing competition. This is also the venue for surfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Also because of this nature, the magazine believes that you should take a look at the following safety precautions. Here are some helpful tips to help you plan an unforgettable surfing while still being safe.

Before you intend to go surfing, do not miss surfing classes as well as the skills to handle unexpected situations while surfing. Water sports take a lot of energy.

You can return for a day from Tokyo to Ichinomiya town. If you take the train, visit JR Kazusa Ichinomiya Station. From Tokyo Station you can go directly by Tokkyu Wakashio Line in 60 minutes.

It is about 90 minutes from Narita Airport, which is quite suitable for short travel. The most common way to go is still to get to Chiba Station on the JR Narita Line. You can change to the JR Sotobo Line towards Abo Kamogawa to Kazusa Ichinomiya Station.

The number of trains is not much, so when you come here you should plan more time. The waiting room at Kazusa Ichinomiya Station has a backrest shaped like a surfboard. You will feel the very typical space of this town famous for its surfing.

You can see bicyclists going to the ocean with a support device to fix their surfboards like bicycles in the left picture. This proves that surfing is a very familiar activity here.

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Flowrider hydraulic artificial surfing

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Flowrider hydraulic artificial surfing

If surfing can only be played seasonally, according to weather conditions, surfing can be done artificially. Flowriding has the advantage of being playable all year round, regardless of anything.

This can be called a sport that combines the skills of surfing, windsurfing, and skateboarding. And to play it requires a hydraulic surf model called the Flowrider.

Flowrider is basically a pool wave generator. They pump upstream to create waves like real waves. This system was imported from the United States by Ana Marina.

It is the type The FlowRider Double with 02 skid lanes enough for 02 people to play at the same time. Without fear of collision thanks to a floating cylindrical float in the middle.

Flowrider is a famous American brand that is used and installed in many parts of the world. Before playing, you must warm up carefully, stretch all the muscles in your arms, shoulders, legs and neck to relax according to the instructor’s words.

Because even when playing on the shore, with high safety, this dish is also classified in the extreme sport – ie extreme sport. But there is a bit of risk, there are risks, so be careful.

Before people practice walking, they must practice crawling first, so does flowriding. Before using the standing board, it also takes some time with the lying board. So that the body gets used to the flow of water and how to keep balance.

However, there is a problem I fear the most when practicing with the standing board, I don’t want to fall down, I’m afraid of being pushed by the water. This barrier is not a buoy but a soft mattress, but still dizzying pain. I would be happy to go back to practice if this place also comes equipped with buoys.

In addition, during practice, it may crash somewhere or be knocked over by the board, but I has not been. Gathered after playing back, there will be some painful parts like thighs, necks, shoulders, and knees. And this is pain from muscle tension, not pain from injury.

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Windsurfing – The most exciting adventure sport in Hua Hin

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Windsurfing – The most exciting adventure sport in Hua Hin

The most exciting and exciting windsurfing in Hua Hin Beach adds to the beauty of this beautiful coastal city destination.

The kiteboarders fly across the immense ocean with powerful but charming waves that you can meet when going to Hua Hin beach. Hua Hin is the main waters for Thai windsurfing or kite surfing that is full of waves. Hua Hin possesses strong winds, shallow waters and a long beach that are ideal conditions for this extreme sport.

The direction of the wind blowing from the northeast in October – December down to Pranburi and the southeast wind from January to May are the perfect wind directions for the engaging experience of boat surfers. Even in the rainy months from May to October, there are still many sunny days with nice winds and good waves to go to the sea.

With a stretch of coastline and perfect conditions, in 2010, Hua Hin was the organizer of the World Cup Kiteboarding World Cup Windsurfing Cup. This is also the best place in Thailand for beginners to windsurfing, with several facilities in Hua Hin organized, with tuition fees.

You will probably learn the sport after three days of being taught by the teacher. There are classes that teach fast learners or have experimented with windsurfing.

Classes have good and experienced teachers. During the festival, you will be able to see professional boat surfers with large and colorful kites in the blue waters.

Featuring a tropical climate, Hua Hin is warm all year round and rarely changes. The ideal time for Hua Hin travel itinerary is from December to May, at this time the sky is clear, no rain, suitable for exploring the city. As for the remaining months, especially in September, the rains will affect your tourism.

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The happiness of a surfer

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The happiness of a surfer

I tried a lot to define my happiness. And then I found a strange happiness: to be a surfer.

In winter in the US and Chile, the sea water is cold from 13-15 degrees Celsius. I wear wetsuit to practice every day. One day, the waves went up high and then broke down, the wind headed to the beach.

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I could not surf anything but swim back and forth miserably for two hours. I was drowned to the bottom by the waves and shuddered on the shore with the cold.

If it takes you a year to not be afraid of drowning, half a year to not be hit by the waves in your face and choke the sea water. Or for the next half year to sit miserably waiting for the wound from the fin of the leg cut. Then there will be times when you wonder, what does surfing bring in the end?

I read an article in the New York Times by a writer who had difficulty walking describing the joys of surfer. That was when she sat on the shore and watched the players surf in the ocean. The joy that she witnessed the practitioner playing often lasted from a few seconds to more than ten seconds, for hours struggling with the sea.

The length of the beach from the rocky head to the last wave is about 400m long. The most perfect surfer can surf the entire length of the beach in just over 10 seconds.

Surfers often spend most of their time swimming, sitting on the board and waiting for a good wave, to avoid other people surfing towards them. That the power is exchanged for 30-50 seconds to stand upright on the waves, rushing forward at high speed.

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Those costs make me happy. Seeing himself healthy enough together with waves for several hours a day. After nearly ten seconds of excitedly step up, glide away and see the wave going straight with me.

The happiness of the surfer is not counted by the amount of effort it takes and the amount received. If you plan on that much, everyone surfing will probably give up after a week.

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Surfing experience Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture

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Surfing experience Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture

Surfing is a new competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The competition venue is Tsurigasak Surf Beach in Ichinomiya town of Chiba Prefecture, where Narita Airport is located – the gateway to the air. The town of Ichinomiya attracts many surfers throughout the year.

Ichinomiya Town is a place that can be said to be a famous surfing spot not only in Japan but also in the world. Especially on the Tsurigasaki coast is the venue for the WSL QS6000 ICHINOMIYA CHIBA OPEN tournament.

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It has been organized by the World Professional Surf Association WSL ASIA World Surf League ASIA since 2016. This is also an important venue for the WSL tournament, the best players also attend.

An impressive Tsurigasaki beach with its large Torii gate stands on the sand. Here is under construction to prepare for the Olympics. Preparations for the Olympics are ongoing.

You can see the bicyclist on the beach with support equipment to fix the surfboard like a bicycle on the left. That proves that surfing is a very familiar activity here.

The temperature when I came here was about 12 degrees. But there are still surfers waiting for the waves. Ichinomiya town is where surfers come here throughout the year.

There are many surf spots on the beach. In addition to the Ichinomiya Beach for beginners or Tsurigasaki Beach for professional surfers, there is Sunrise for the average surfboarder. You try to choose the location depending on your level offline.

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Along the Kujukurihama beach parallel road, there are many hotels and shops that can rent surfboards. If you want to enjoy the surfing experience, you can stay at a beach hotel.

Among the seafarers, you may come across people who are leisurely watching the sea. Enjoy the ocean the way you like it.

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Space for surfing enthusiasts in Cornwall

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Space for surfing enthusiasts in Cornwall

A discontinued surfboard factory in Cornwall has been renovated into a surfboard shop and also a coffee. The couple Emily and Mark Anderson are the ones who brought the idea and create this creative change.

The shop, called Open, is located in the village of Saint Agnes, in southwestern Cornwall province, England. It is located 100m north of the Cornish Sea. This space used to be the ideal place for the surfboard factory to operate for 25 years, but has stopped working in recent years.

For Emily, she is very interested in the field of furniture and architecture. The idea of ​​restoring an old place, attached to the locals so far, has always urged her in recent years. Therefore, Mark decided to choose a surfboard factory to fulfill her wishes.

With an area of ​​about 50 m2, this location has been changed into an open space that is both a coffee shop, a rest area and a surfboard. They redecorated the broken walls, dismantled the ceiling to expand the area and restored this space in its original form. The impressive and attractive high walls also serve as the backdrop to display the surfboard collection.

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The bartender is made of plywood and the top is covered with white pine resin, which is also the main raw material used to coat surfboard surfaces. All materials are carefully selected by Emily and Mark, ensuring they are natural, neutral and consistent with the theme of the ocean.

It is not only provides space for relaxation, entertainment or to buy and rent surfboards. Open is also the venue for seminars for customers so that they can make their own unique boards.

Although this factory still has many unfinished stages, they are planning to repair and expand it further. This will be the place where artisans come to work. Enthusiasts come to learn as well as facilitate visitors to learn more about the production of surfboards.

Conventional factories operate with fast and busy working frequency so it is difficult for others to visit and learn. It is for this reason that the Emily couple created Open-an ideal space to maintain the profession and encourage people to learn and try it.

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Surfing Stand Like A Child Of The Sea

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Surfing Stand Like A Child Of The Sea

Stand-Up-Paddling is a stand-up paddle boarding. Marine fans call love SUP.

Originating in Africa, the warriors have learned to stand on canoes and use forward paddles for silent attacks. By the 16th century in the Hawaiian Islands, this Hoe he’e nalu water sport brought the appearance of modern surfing. Modern SUP has lots of variations: sightseeing, racing on the lake, crossing canals, waterfall, yoga on boards, and even fishing.

If you need to find inspiration to play SUP, watch a legendary man who conquers it all – Laird Hamilton. Surfer Magazine called him “the greatest great surfer of all time” with unrivaled skill and genius invention that helped SUP and surf on water sports maps. Laird makes even the bravest biggest waves, the most audacious, admires.

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Stand-up paddle boarding is the most accessible. Stand up paddle boarding is going on water. It gives you a refreshing way to approach water. It teaches you the essential skills and feel to try out other water sports. I find myself managing new poses, exploring new waters and learning techniques that sail or surf don’t.

As well as swimming, windsurfing is a physical exercise. Stand-up paddleboarding strengthens the core and balance system, requiring strong muscle connection through arms and legs.

When standing on a board, the weight of the body is put on the waist, hips, thighs and calves. When rowing, the force of the arms to the shoulder blades is fully promoted. The sun, the wind and the waves will make your body firmer.

On top of the physical rewards, standing windsurfing also restores balance and peace of mind. The sea watered coolly the hot blood of young people. Your heart must learn to remain calm under the dull pressure of the waves and humility in front of the vast ocean.

Your memories will remember your thirst for discovery and the freedom to be found on the crowded ground. What you learned on the water, dear friend, will also apply well on the shore.

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Anatomy of surfboards

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Anatomy of surfboards

Surfboards are an indispensable part when you play this water sports adventure. Modern surfboards have come a long way in design and construction since Hawaiians began to surf on wooden boards.

The lightweight and rugged modern surfboard is hand-made by professional foam holders and finished with a fiberglass coat. But it is not a static art. The peak of the surfboard design changes as quickly as a cold surfer on a windy day.

Let’s take a look at what the different parts of the surfboard are called.

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The images of a surfboard standard, the naming of these different parts applies to all types of surfboards. The first thing to note is that the tip of the surfboard is the forward facing part.

The deck is the top of the surfboard and is where surfers stand to surf and paddle. Wax is applied to the top surface for grip. Usually surfers will use a traction to get more grip. If you look at the surfboard deck, you will often see a slight turn from the Rail to the middle and back to Rail.

This is known as an arch floor and helps promote easy surfing activities. The curved floor type is another flat floor – currently there are no details about this product.

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The tip of the surfboard protrudes from the water. There are many different tail shapes, and each one provides different surfboard performance. The tail will have a leash. Plugs are where chains are attached to surfboards. The plug is placed into the deck and the chain is looped through.

Stringer is a reinforcing material strip that runs the entire length of the foam surfboard. It was in the surfboard before it was shaped. Epoxy surfboards, soft and carbon fiber. It is not often wired.

Now you know the surfboard structure in the most complete and detailed.

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The best surf books to read while real sport is suspended

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The best surf books to read while real sport is suspended

Reading books about surfing is the best way to learn about the history and culture of the game. From surfing memoirs, surf heritage, and classic surfboards to epic tales and alternative lifestyles, all have been published in great reading materials.

Surf books are usually written by pro surfers, surf journalists, or surf historians. They always have something new, besides the usual surf industry propaganda, to reveal, such as a hidden wave peak, a hot surf destination, a secret wave, wave riding stories, lives of the surf legends, and the transformation of coastal regions.

Fortunately, we’ve selected a list of books about surfing that any surfing fans should read, especially when the real sport is suspended now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Encyclopedia of Surfing

Author: Matt Warshaw

The Encyclopedia of Surfing is known as the most important surf book ever published. Featuring 1,500 alphabetical entries with 300 illustrations, this must-have book is widely considered the best review of the people, events, equipment, places, and lively history of surfing.

The History of Surfing

Author: Matt Warshaw

The History of Surfing is a great book for those that want to explore how surfing was first seen by James Cook in 1778 and then evolved into the 21st century. Featuring about 500 pages with more than 250 rare photographs, this book is what all surfers should have in their home library.

The World Stormrider Guide

Author: Bruce Sutherland

The World Stormrider Guide is the most detailed surf spot guide that has ever published. By adding description, photos, surf statistics, ocean floor characteristics, and wind patterns, the trilogy helps readers explore the most famous surf peaks.

The Surfboard

Author: Ben Marcus

The Surfboard provides every single example of surfboard formats and shapes. It shows you monstrous “koa” planks from the ancient Hawaiian, from the first wooden and balsa boards to the modern materials.

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Piha pro cancelled: A sad day for New Zealand surfing

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Piha pro cancelled: A sad day for New Zealand surfing

As the surfing community digests the cancellation of the most prestigious event in New Zealand’s history, the national body running the sport might be set for a cutback of its own.

Next Monday was planned to be the start of the biggest week for New Zealand’s surfing, but the global spread of coronavirus put paid to the Piha Pro, which attracted an impressive field to the country, including Kelly Slater – the 11-time men’s world champion, Adriano de Souza – the 2015 men’s champion, as well as Carissa Moore – the four-time and current women’s champion.

This day is also a sad day for some other sports, waiting to hear how big their slice of the funding pie of Sport New Zealand will be.

There are rumors that some national sporting organizations are in for a rude shock.

A famous national surfing identity claimed that the New Zealand Surfing Organization was considering a funding cut of above 50% from their recent figure of $50,000 per annum.

The Herald tried to confirm that figure with Surfing New Zealand but it received no response. On Monday morning, Sport New Zealand will announce the funding.

If the 50% cut is true, there would be irony given surfing has made it on to the Olympic program for the first time and the country has already qualified Ella Williams and Billy Stairmand, with an opportunity of two more joining them.

However, the greater irony might be the fact that it was reducing funding to its NSO at the same time when the central Government was pouring $1.65 million into the privately run as well as promoted Piha Pro.

There is no revenue that is generated by the World Surf League was obligated to go back into the sport.

The week before the funding announcement is often a high anxiety time for NSOs, especially those who administer niche or minor codes.

Sport New Zealand has announced that the funding’s future rounds are going to be made in alignment with their Strategic Plan 2020-2024, containing five investment principles, the top one being a move towards investing in a program that encourages participation.