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Free ladies Surfing clinic

Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Atlantic Surf Co is running more ladies surf clinic this September at Eden on the Bay – for free!

Our first clinic was so much fun and the ladies grew in leaps and bounds. We decided to continue doing the clinics for our ladies so keep and eye out on social media about the days that it is happening.

The surf clinic for women is the perfect introduction to wave riding and the surfing lifestyle.

The group setting makes the ladies Surf Clinic a really fun activity to share with friends, colleagues, family or to join in on your own.

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Ice breaker clinic

The Icebreaker course has the lady who has never surfed before or has a fear of the cold or the on known in the ocean.

If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect course to get your feet wet!

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What you’ll Learn:
You’ll learn everything you need to feel comfortable and competent in the ocean.
We will cover from ocean safety and surf etiquette to paddling, pop-ups and wave riding skills.
The emphasis is on fun. It is the best way to learn and grow your love of the ocean and the beach culture.
Equipment
Boards
Atlantic Surf will supply Surf boards and Body boards but please pre-book.

Wetsuits
It is best if you have your own proper wetsuit but wetsuits can be rented from Atlantic Surf for R60 for the clinic.

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Please feel free to contact us for any info or if you are interested in a clinic like this but you can’t make it on this date.

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When
Date:  Wednesday 9 September 2015

Monday   14 September 2015

Time: 09.30am – 11.30pm
Where: Eden on the Bay Beach, Big Bay

Book Now – LIMITED SPACE
021 557 4532 or 0832842422 or Anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

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Ladies clinic add

Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Atlantic Surf Co is running a ladies surf clinic this September at Eden on the Bay – for free!

The surf clinic for women is the perfect introduction to wave riding and the surfing lifestyle.

The group setting makes the ladies Surf Clinic a really fun activity to share with friends, colleagues, family or to join in on your own.

If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect course to get your feet wet!

What you’ll Learn:
You’ll learn everything you need to feel comfortable and competent in the ocean.
We will cover from ocean safety and surf etiquette to paddling, pop-ups and wave riding skills.
The emphasis is on fun. It is the best way to learn and grow your love of the ocean and the beach culture.
Equipment
Boards
Atlantic Surf will supply Surf boards and Body boards but please pre-book.

Wetsuits
It is best if you have your own proper wetsuit but wetsuits can be rented from Atlantic Surf for R60 for the clinic.

Please feel free to contact us for any info or if you are interested in a clinic like this but you can’t make it on this date.

When
Date: 3rd September 2015
Time: 09.30am – 11.30pm
Where: Eden on the Bay Beach, Big Bay

Book Now – LIMITED SPACE
021 557 4532 or 0832842422 or Anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

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Spring Holiday Club for kids

Spring Beach Holiday Club

Spring holidays is around the corner and it can be great to have the kids at home, but it can also be a challenge to keep them entertained in a healthy way ,instead of watching television or playing computer games.

 

Atlantic Surf will be hosting a spring beach holiday club in the October holidays, teaching children about surfing and introducing them to the beach culture, while you Advertare at work.

 

The camp is for children from the ages of 6-14

  1. Beginners

We will teach them the basics of surfing/body boarding while having fun on the beach and in the water. The crew has great passion and experience to entertain your children.

 

  1. Intermediate Surfers

We also cater for the child who is currently surfing at the back line and catching clean waves. This group will be part of the club, and will be joining in with some of the activities but they will be doing more advanced surfing.

 

Dates:

Monday 5 October – 8 October 2015

 

Times:             9 am – 1 pm

Where:           Big Bay

Ages:                         6 – 14 years

Cost per child
Days Booked RATES/CHILD
1 DAY   200
2 DAYS   360
3 DAYS   500
4 DAYS   600
Package rates:(only apply when pre-Booked and paid)

 

Equipment rentals:

We do rent equipment to children who don’t have their own. Feel free to contact me or look at our Atlantic Surf co Website for more info. www.atlanticsurfco.co.za

 

Planned activities:

Surfing/ Body boarding.

Swimming in rock pools

Beach games

Short hikes

And lots more….

 

Please feel free to contact us if you need more info.

 

Anton Fourie

Cell                            0832842422

Email                           anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

Website                     www.atanticsurfco.co.za

 

 

Winter Beach holiday club

 

Winter Beach holiday club

Atlantic Surf will be hosting 2 winter beach holiday club in the winter holidays to teach your kids about surfing and the beach culture while you are at work. The camp is for kids from the ages of 6-14 and they have a lot of fun while learning to surf and to enjoy the beach lifestyle. We will be catering for the total beginner kids as well as the more advanced kids who want to take the next step in there surfing/Body boarding.

 

Intermediate Surfers

What do we see as intermediate surfers? This is a kid who is surfing at the back line already and is catching clean waves.

These kids will be part of the camp but they will be surfing at the back line with a crew member. They could also be introduced to other spots next to Big Bay.

Please contact me if you need more info about this

 

Dates  :

First camp                Monday 29 June to Friday 3rd of July

Second camp            Monday 13 July to Friday 17 of July

 

Times : 9 am – 1 Pm

Where: Big Bay

Ages  : 6 – 14 years

 

Cost :

1 Day             R180  per day

Package deals:

4 Days           R600

5 Days           R750

6 Days           R850

 

Package deal prices only valid if pre booked and pre paid and kids with their own equipment.
We do offer rental equipment for kids if you don’t have your own.

 

We will be there for a total of 10 days but kids can join for any number of days.

 

Equipment rentals:

Surfboard                             R50 per session

Body Board                          R40 per session

Flippers Wetsuits                  R20 per session

 

What to bring?

Own well fitting full warm wetsuit. NO SHORTIES please.

Own surf / Body board,

 

Please feel free to contact us if you need more info.

Paddling out

You can use one of the following methods to get through the waves

Turtle roll:

Paddle towards the oncoming wave. Time it to roll over when you are about 5 meters away from the wave with the nose of the board facing the wave. Move your hands up around the nose of the board and pull the board down so the wave could roll over the board. You could even grip the board with your legs on the bigger days.

Punch through:
When you get to a small rolling wave, aim the board directly towards it, hold each rail near the nose of the board tightly and do a push up. The soup will wash between you and your board and not bounce you around as much.

Duck dive:

The duck dive is the best way to get under a wave but it takes a bit of time to learn as well as timing to do it with a big board. You can break the duckdive up in a few stages.

Also read Learning to duck dive

Learning to duck dive

Duck diving is the term used by surfers for the manoeuvre to push your surfboard under water to duck under an on coming wave

If you are serious about surfing it is a skill you will have to master. Without it you will struggle to get to the backline and waste unnecessary energy. You will have to duck dive any breaking wave bigger than two feet rather than floating over it. That is why it is called duck-dive!” It will take some time to perfect this skill, but practice makes perfect.

Step 1: Paddle with as much speed as possible to the approaching wave.
Step 2: Time it so you will start pushing your board down about 1 meter in front of the oncoming wave.
Step 3: Grab the board with both hands about halfway between the nose and midpoint of your board. Use your weight to push the nose down. Keep you head down to reduce the drag and follow the board with your head and body.
Step 4: Use your knee to push the tail under the water. Your momentum should thrust you deeper under the passing wave.
Step 5: Keep your board as level and as streamlined as possible.
Step 6: As the wave passes over you use your knee to apply a bit of pressure on the tail of your board. This will start pointing the surfboards nose to the surface. The flotation of your board will lift you to the surface.
Step 7: Start paddling as soon as you surface to avoid the suction of the wave.

Now you have the skill to paddle out into line-up or to duck dive the next wave.

Catching your first wave

Once you’ve ridden your first clean wave, you’ll never look back!

Taking a Soup Ride (Foamie) Inside

Walk as deep as you can go. You will still be in the soup. Look for a wave that will be big enough, and would have enough power to lift you to the beach. If you have the ideal beginners board the wave will not have to be that big, but you will still need to paddle for the wave. Choose a wave that you would like to take. Turn the nose of the surfboard towards the beach and pull yourself on to the board, so you are lying flat on top of it. Start paddling well before the wave gets to you in order to build up momentum. Push yourself up and get to your feet but stay crouching to keep as low a center of gravity as possible. You should stand with one foot about 2 feet in front of the other, near the middle of the board.

First Outside Waves

Once riding the soup has been mastered, you are ready to move on to catching some waves from the backline. An uncrowded beach break with small rolling waves will be best for this:

1) Paddle to the outside and wait for the ideal wave. Be sure to sit far enough out. If you sit too close inside you will get a set on your head and if you sit to far on the outside you will not be able to catch a wave. Now that you’ve paddled out and ducked under the breaking waves, it’s time to get yourself one.

2) Sit up and straddle your board with your butt just behind the center point of the board. The further back your butt is on the board, the easier it will be to swing the nose left or right. Pick a wave that has not broken and commit yourself to it. Look which way the wave will be breaking.

3) As the wave approaches, turn the nose of your board toward the beach, lie down and start paddling.
Paddle as hard as you can and lean your weight forward. The natural tendency is to lean back to stop the board from nose diving, but that will only slow your momentum down, which will make it more difficult to catch the wave.

4) Look left or right down the wave in the direction you are going. Don’t look down or straight toward the beach, because your board will follow your head. If you look sideways towards the breaking wave you will start angling your board in that direction and you’ll be able to see what is happening further down the line.

Feel the wave lift you and your board. The idea is to get to your feet just as you feel the push of the wave. Lean forward, push yourself up and get to your feet but stay crouching. Angle the board left or right, depending on the direction the wave is breaking. You should now be sliding down into the trough of the wave. Try to stay as high as possible on the wave since the wave will have more power here than in the trough of the wave. The power will allow you to pick up more speed. The more speed you have the easier it is to make the wave.

Ride the wave as far as possible and feel the stoke!

The key is to not be afraid of the bigger waves, but just to go for it!

Choosing the right board

Keep the following tips in mind when choosing your first board ….

It is very important to have the right board when you learn to surf. Those thin, narrow rockets the pros are riding sure look exciting, but they are a disaster for learning the initial techniques. A common mistake the newbie surfer tends to make is to buy a short board with thin rails and a narrow tail. A flashy little surf board will no doubt look very cool while standing at the breach checking out the swell, but it tends to loose its appeal when it won’t support your weight and bog down and pitch you off with every attempt to stand. A short board will discourage and exhaust all but the most dedicated student, ruining what could otherwise be a fun learning experience.

Make it easy for yourself and go big, wide and thick!!!

Don’t buy a board for when you can surf or to fit your car or because it has a nice spray design on it or because it was cheap. Buy a board for now and that will give you enough flotation for easy paddling. You need Length, Width and volume (thickness). Length will give you paddling speed, so you could get into the wave earlier before the wave gets to steep or critical. This will give you more time to set yourself up for the rest of the wave.

Width will give you stability so if your foot is slightly of centre you will still be able to stay on your board and it also helps with catching waves easier.

Thickness will help the board to carry you when catching foamies or float through flat weak sections. The one worry about a bigger board is duck diving. It is a surfboard and not a duck dive board. There are ways to get around this and we will cover this in the next article.

What board should I look for?

Mini-Malibu

I would suggest a Mini-Mal or a long board for guys or gals up to 80kg. A mini-mal shape is similar to a long boards with full round noses and they’re usually between 7 and 8 feet long and 20 to 22″ wide and 2″ to 3″ thick. They are easier to paddle and will catch waves easier than short boards and the width make them fairly stable. These are the most popular boards on the market and are really hard to find second hand and if you can find one it will cost between R1200 – R2200. It has brilliant resell value and is in big demand when you want to move on to another board. New boards go for R2000 – R3000. These boards are nice boards to have in your quiver for those small summer days.

Long boards

These are surfboards over 9 feet and are nice and wide. They paddle fast and are stable. Long boards are what most surfers over 85kg should start out with. Most surfers stay on them because it’s great fun surfing on these long boards. You can’t beat a long board for paddle and glide. If you jump on a long board it will feel like you are sailing after a few strokes. It helps catching more waves and will help catching waves when surfing in crowded spot. You could pick up a second hand board up from R1000 to R2800. New Boards will range from R3000 – R3900 for normal boards and Tuflite boards will be in the R5700 range. I think the Tuflite long boards makes a lot of sense in the long boards, because it is lighter and stronger, so it will not break as easily and it performs a lot better.

Choosing the right wetsuit

You need a warm comfortable wetsuit when surfing on the West Coast or even the Southern Cape Coast

The seams of the wetsuit need to have blind stitching and the neck, arms and legs need to seal tight to keep the cold water out. It can get very cold and uncomfortable when you have water flushing into your suit all the time.

Your smart smooth rubber Kite suite will do, but it will only last a month or two while surfing. It was designed for sailing or kiting so keep it for those sports. It does not have the stretch in the same places as the surfing suits so it will be stiff to surf in and it will tear or cut easily.

Surfing wetsuits needs to be more durable on the legs and hips due to bumps and cuts you get from your board, fins and rocks and will only have smooth rubber on the chest or back panels. This helps to cut out the wind chill when your upper body is exposed to the wind while sitting on the board waiting for waves. The rest of the suit is made out of more durable neoprene. The new suits will have hyper stretch on the arms and shoulders or will be full hyper stretch. This helps to make the wetsuit more flexible and allow you to paddle without paddleling against the suit.

You will loose the urge to surf very quickly if you are cold in the water and you will feel like an old toppie when you use a wetsuit that?s too old and inflexible or too small because you will be pulling against the rubber while paddleling.

Pop into the shop to get the right advice when buying this very important piece of equipment!