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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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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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How to take care of surfers’ skin (part 1)

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How to take care of surfers’ skin (part 1)

Surfing can be rather damaging to the skin. The frequent contact with the sea, sand, salt, and the wetsuit demands specific measures to keep your skin happy and healthy.

Surfing is amazing for the body and the mind, but not so much for the skin.

Several variables contribute to damage the skin’s surface and leave it more vulnerable. Fragile or broken skin is also more prone to infections and other opportunistic aches.

As a surfer, there are a few essential aspects to consider.

Steps as simple as cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting are very basic, but different people have different needs that need to be met.

Scalp, hands, feet, and face are naturally more exposed to the burning sun rays, the dehydrating salted water, and the friction caused by sand, wax, or wetsuit seams.

Windsurfers, for example, can develop painful blisters in their hands.

The body, on the other hand, is often confined in wet, non-breathable fabrics for considerable amounts of time. All these factors demand specific measures to keep the skin in perfect condition.

Here are a few steps to replenish and care for your skin, leaving it ready for the next session:

1. Know Your Skin

First and foremost, you need to know your skin type, as it allows you to choose the right products.

A dermatologist will help you identify your skin fragilities, and prescribe the best routine for your body, scalp, and face, according to your specific needs.

It’s also important to adapt your skincare routine to the intensity of your surfing practice.

When you surf more often or depending on the season, you may need a more or less nourishing moisturizer, a deeper or lighter cleaning product, and a higher or lower protection sunscreen, etc.

2. Clean It Up

Once you know your skin, it’s time to clean and do it right.

Depending on your skin type – oily, dry, combination – the right cleaning product will wash away impurities (salt, sunscreen, etc.) without stripping the skin from its natural protections.

Avoid harsh detergents and irritant formulations. It’s smart to invest in good shower creams or gels formulated for sensitive skin.

If you’re wearing a sponge, make sure it is cleaned right. Otherwise, you will expose your skin to unwanted bacteria.

Again, don’t forget the scalp: invest in a gentle shampoo that cleans, but doesn’t build up or dehydrates. It may take a while to find the right one, but it’s worth the search.

It’s also crucial to wear a specific cleaning product for the face, whether it is a gel, an oil, or micellar water. Use it every morning and evening, and in the shower after surfing.

Every once in a while, you can also exfoliate for a deeper cleanse and to promote skin renewal. Be careful, however, as to not damage the skin.

Opt for gentle exfoliants with rich oils for the body. There are some interesting DIY recipes out there that are worth a try. For the face, choose one that adjusts to your skin type.

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

Board Shorts

Board shorts are popular among surfers who prefer more coverage. Some male surfers like to go shirtless and choose boardshorts with swim trunks underneath. They are usually made of stitchless, quick-dry, and stretchy fabrics. However, they can cause drag because of having a lot of loose fabric around the thighs.

Wetsuit

If you surf in cold waters, you will need a good wetsuit. This multi-purpose underwater garment, typically made of neoprene, offers more warmth to help you surf during the winter months with low temperatures.

There are three common types of wetsuits: the shorty with short arm sleeves and covering the thighs; the spring suit with full-length sleeves and short legs or vice versa; and the full suit (or steamer) with long sleeves, full legs, and sometimes even a hoodie.

Surf Poncho/Jacket

When surfing during colder months, another thing you may need is a surf poncho or jacket. They help keep you warm when you are out of the water, riding by boat to your surf destination, or  doing cold morning surf checks. In addition, surf poncho can help dry you up like a towel would.

Hoods, Boots, and Gloves

To prepare for surfing in cold waters or during colder months, besides a thick wetsuit that cover your arms and legs, don’t forget to shop for other clothing items which can cover the rest of your exposed body parts. You’ll need a hoodie that can cover everything from your neck to the top of your head except for your face. You’ll also need snug aqua gloves to provide enough warmth for your hands but not make it difficult for you to get a good grip of your board. Moreover, a good pair of surf boots is necessary to give you plenty of traction on your board.

Sunscreen

Whether it is summer or winter, you have to cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. To avoid having to reapply many times, choose a high SPF sunscreen that is quick-absorbing and waterproof.

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 2)

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 2)

Leash

A board leash (leg rope) is an important safety equipment which helps you beginners surf safely by keeping you connected to the surf board via the ankle or calf. A leash  not only makes it easier for you to retrieve your board every time you wipe out but also keeps you safe above water by functioning as a flotation device when you are tired, lost, or too far from the shore. Therefire, it’s a general rule for beginners as well as even more advanced ones to use a leash for any water sport which requires the use of a board.

Proper Surf Wear

Like stand up paddle boarding, you can wear anything you want when surfing. However, if you want to have a good time out there, remember to choose the proper surf wear. And you surely don’t want to lose any piece of clothing while trying to ride a wave.

Swimsuit

Many surfers wear Speedos or bikinis during the summer and only cover up in the colder months. But when you’re a beginner who’s going to be falling off the board repeatedly and hitting waves, we suggest ladies to wear one-piece swimsuits and men to wear snug swim briefs.

Rash Guard

A popular swimwear option for any kind of water activity is rash guards. They are typically designed to protect your skin against irritation and harmful exposure to the sun. They are  made of quick-dry, lightweight material that helps shield the skin from the UV rays of sun.

Popular rash guards for summer surfing are those with short sleeves. For extra layer of warmth, you can wear them underneath a wetsuit or with a pair of boardshorts. Another option is long sleeved ones which you can wear for colder days, if you want something thinner than a wetsuit.

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

Besides learning the basics of surfing, beginner surfers also need to get their own surf gear. You can opt to rent these items, but if you are planning to take up surfing as a regular hobby, you should invest in your own equipment.

As a beginner, you only really need a few items such as surfboard. However, when you progress into a more advanced surfer, you will need some other gadgets and protective items which will help you surf more comfortably for extended periods of time in varying water temperatures. There is a list of surfing equipment that you will need to have before starting hitting those tasty waves.

Surfboard

The most important equipment you need is the surfboard that you will ride waves with. However, it is a little challenging to shop for because there are some different types of surfboards for different wave conditions and experience levels.

The best way is to head to your local surf shop or the nearest one to your surf camp and ask about the right type for you. Don’t forget to include surf fins because they will further improve the performance of your board. You can have more than one installed at the same time. Try different fin configurations to find the one which gives you your desired level of drive and stability.

Note: If you’re just beginning to learn to surf, consider the 2+1 (one main fin and two side fins) configuration in order to achieve optimum stability.

In addition, remember to get a surfboard bag to wrap and protect your board when you’re not using it.

Surf Wax/Traction Pad

If you have never surfed, you may not know about the surf wax, which helps surfers maintain a good grip on their surfboard while riding waves. The surf wax has jagged edges to create textured grooves, helping ensure good traction. It is rubbed on a dry board before each session and can be removed with a wax comb.

Instead of surf wax, traction pad is a good alternative. However, traction pad is commonly more expensive than surf wax.