Some Tips To Learning To Surf

Learning to surf at Encitas Ca.

More and more people are interested in learning to surf. We love that everyone wants to try surfing, and we always encourage people to give it a shot, but we also make sure to explain the importance of taking the proper steps to learn, because surfing can be dangerous. Many surfers were lucky enough to learn to surf when they were very young, so it can’t be said that they’ve all partaken in this exact process, but we came up with a few steps to help you start catching waves.

1, Take Lessons

We cannot express enough how important it is to take lessons when you first start surfing. Paying for a few lessons is a small price when it comes to having a skill for a lifetime. Surf schools will not only teach you the fundamentals of paddling and catching waves, but also go over safety and etiquette – two of the most crucial aspects of surfing to understand from the get go. If you go to a surf school or hire an instructor, you will go from total beginner to capable learner very quickly, but if you try to teach yourself to surf, you’ll likely be stuck at the beginner stage for quite some time (and make yourself frustrated enough to just give up). Plus, most surf schools include surfboard rental, and often offer wetsuits as well, so you can try it all out before investing in expensive gear.

2, Start With Foamies

So now, you’ve taken some surf lessons and you are now capable of catching whitewater waves and standing up on your own. You are definitely into surfing, and you’re ready to buy a board. You might see some really cool boards in the surf shops and on the web, but I assure you, it is best to start surfing on a foamie, just like the one you rode during your surf lessons. Not only are foamies super floaty and easy to stand up on, but they also protect your noggin from getting concussed. Sometimes, learning to surf means getting knocked around a little, and if you start out with a hard board, one wipeout could seriously injure you. Once you’ve gotten comfortable enough on the foamie to catch open-faced waves, turtle under waves, and paddle out of the way of others, you’re probably ready to go pick out a proper hard board, which will bring you to the intermediate level of surfing.

3, Wear a Leash

Congratulations on your new surfboard! Most likely, you’ve gotten a funboard or a longboard, between 8 and 9 feet, which is great, because you will still be able to easily catch waves and keep your balance. You might want to try riding shorter boards in the future, or stick with longboarding and maybe even get a larger, heavier board. When you see longboarders out in the water, you may notice they aren’t always wearing leashes. Those who are more advanced at longboarding will cross-step up and down the board, so wearing a leash would trip them up. However, these surfers generally don’t fall, and if they ever do, they are capable of grabbing their boards before the wave can sweep it away. This means that until you are at that level, you MUST wear a leash! If you are surfing and you fall, you don’t want to swim all the way to shore to grab your board, and you certainly do not want your board to hit someone else as it flies through the line up.

4, Don’t Bail Your Board

We just told you to wear a leash, but we want to emphasize that wearing a leash does not give you a free pass to let go of your board willy-nilly. Leashes are for catching your board when you wipe out on a wave, not for ditching your board when a wave comes toward you. Good thing you took surf lessons, so you learned the proper way to turtle your board when a wave comes. I understand that it can be scary when a big wall of white water is coming toward you, but bailing your board is so extremely dangerous – we cannot express this enough. Also, if you let go of your board and dive under a wave, your board can drag you along, forcing you to stay underwater longer than you may be able to handle. If you hold onto your board for dear life, you are attaching yourself to a buoyant object that will bring you right back to the surface. Science!

5, Be Respectful

Just like in any other life situation, remember to be respectful. When you surf, you are accepting the responsibility of respecting the ocean, respecting others, and respecting yourself. Respecting the ocean is simple. Never litter (duh), try to pick up trash when you see it at the beach and in the water, and always be conscious of your single-use plastics. Respecting others is a little trickier. Everyone in the lineup has the same goal: catch waves. Maybe some people are a little more happy to sit on the sidelines and chit chat with friends, while others may just keep their heads down and try to get their share, but we all are out to catch and ride waves – that’s why we surf. Again, good job on taking your surf lessons, because your instructor definitely taught you to never, ever cut people off. This is a huge no-no in surfing, and unless a person on a wave tells you to go in front of them, do not take off. It can be dangerous, and it’s just plain rude. You can end up hurting someone or yourself, and people might get angry with you. By respecting yourself, I just mean that you should know your limits. If you get to the beach and see that the waves are much bigger than anything you’ve ever surfed, take a step back and ask yourself if you will feel safe. Don’t try to be the cool guy, because it wouldn’t be too cool to drown, would it?

By no means do we want this advice to discourage anyone from surfing. In fact, we hope it gets everyone hyped up to start taking some lessons and getting in the water. We love to see surf schools thriving, while also helping make the lineup a safer place. Surfing is meant to be fun, and learning to surf will likely be a lot more enjoyable if you follow these steps. Plus, you’ll progress a lot faster, so you can start shredding sooner. Good luck out there!

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Lately, we’ve noticed that more and more people are interested in learning to surf. We love that everyone wants to try surfing, and we always encourage people to give it a shot, but we also make sure to explain the importance of taking the proper steps to learn, because surfing can be very dangerous.

I was lucky enough to learn to surf when I was very young, so I can’t say that I’ve partaken in this exact process, but I came up with a few steps to help you start catching waves.
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Can Whales And Humans Collaborate On Research?

Sperm whale family © Corey Ford/iStockphoto

James Nestor raises the possibility of full-on collaboration between human observers and wild whales in research on whale communication.

Nestor joined the DareWin Project in which free-divers enter the ocean to observe sperm whales and record their clicks — echolocation sounds and coda clicks that allow these mammals to investigate their world and talk to each other. In free diving, people enter the water with no equipment — and stay submerged for three to five minutes on the strength of one breath.

Nestor writes in language shot through with pleasure at the cross-species connections he has established – freed of the “limiting” nature of observing the whales from a boat — and at the possibilities to come in the future.

All parties agree: These whales are “extraordinarily intelligent, fully conscious beings,” to use Nestor’s words. I’m not totally free of concerns about this free-diving project. But the idea of collaborative research with wild animals is extremely exciting.

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Cities And Countries To Slash Plastic Waste Within A Decade

Plastics at Thilafushi, an artificial island created as a landfill, in the Maldives © Shutterstock.

Global and local community leaders from more than 170 countries have pledged to “significantly reduce” the amount of single-use plastic products by 2030. Success would result in significantly less plastic pollution entering our oceans, lakes and rivers.

Today, societies around the world have a love affair with disposable plastics. Just like some love stories, this one has an unhappy ending that results in plastic bags, straws and takeout containers strewn about the global environment.

As researchers who study the contamination and effects of plastic pollution on wildlife, it would be nice if by 2030 we no longer heard about plastics showing up in the stomachs of dead whales, littering the beaches of distant islands and contaminating tap water and seafood.

It is time for some good news about the environment, including stories about how cities and countries are managing plastics and other waste materials in more sustainable ways, and how children will have cleaner beaches to play on.

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Microplastics Carried Long Distances by the Wind

Scientists have found microplastics in a remote part of the Pyrenees mountain range © Pixabay

Scientists discover Microplastics Carried Long Distances by the Wind

Microplastics have been found in some of the most remote aquatic ecosystems on earth, including in the deepest parts of the ocean. Now, scientists have discovered that these tiny pieces of plastic can also be carried by the wind into secluded terrestrial regions, such as the French Pyrenees not far from the Green Surf School and Surfcamp base in France.

The research, led by scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and EcoLab, a research center in France, involved measuring the amount of plastic pollution that fell into traps 4,500 feet up a mountain in the Pyrenees over a five-month period. On average, 365 plastic particles fell on a square-meter collector every day — levels comparable to the plastic floating through the air in megacities like Paris or Dongguan, China, despite the fact that are no major cities anywhere near the study site.

The microplastic collected, which scientists estimate traveled at least 60 miles, included fibers from clothing, fragments from plastic bags, plastic film, and packaging material. The findings were published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Deonie Allen, a researcher at EcoLab and the other lead co-author of the new study, told NPR. “They’re a brand new [type of] pollution, but there’s so much of it and it’s increasing so fast that it’s something we really need to start learning about.”

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Scientists Find Viable Replacement for Petroleum-Based Plastic

Plastic Food containers © Yale University

Scientists Say They Have Found a Viable Replacement for Petroleum-Based Plastic

Scientists at Ohio State University say they have developed a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastic food packaging by using natural tree-based rubber. According to the researchers, the new biodegradable material holds promise for fighting the world’s growing plastic pollution problem, as well as for helping curb our reliance on fossil fuels.

Finding a replacement for petroleum-based plastic food packaging has been a major challenge to date, with nearly all the solutions proposed either too expensive or too brittle to stand up to the demands of shipping, handling, and the stress of microwaving and freezing.

Image © Ohio State University
Trimethylol propane triacrylate (TMPTA) coagent reacts with polymer radicals [36,37].

The new material developed by Ohio State scientists, detailed in a new study in the journal Polymers, involves melting natural rubber into a plant-based biodegradable plastic called PHBV, and then adding an organic peroxide and an additive called trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA). The scientists’ end product was 75 percent tougher and 100 percent more flexible than PHBV on its own.

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HOPE: Study shows potential for Earth-friendly plastic replacement

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The quest to keep plastic out of landfills and oceans, and simultaneously satisfy the needs of the food industry is filled with obstacles.

A biodegradable replacement for petroleum-based products has to meet all sorts of standards and, so far, attempts at viable replacements from renewable sources have faced limited success due to processing and economic constraints. Among the obstacles, products to date have been too brittle for food packaging.

But new research from The Ohio State University has shown that combining natural rubber with bioplastic in a novel way results in a much stronger replacement for plastic, one that is already capturing the interest of companies looking to shrink their environmental footprints.

Almost all plastics – about 90 percent – are petroleum-based and are not biodegradable, a major environmental concern.

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Scientists discover, climb and describe the world’s tallest tropical tree.

The world’s tallest tropical tree. Image © Dr Alexander Shenkin

Scientists in the UK and Malaysia have discovered the world’s tallest tropical tree, and possibly the tallest flowering plant, measuring over 100 metres high. Laid down, it would extend beyond both goals on a football pitch.

The team found the tree in the rainforests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, and have undertaken a novel three-dimensional exploration of the remarkable find to better understand how trees grow so tall, and what keeps them from growing taller.

The tree is a Shorea faguetiana (common name Yellow Meranti), of the Dipterocarpacae family that dominates the humid lowland rainforests of South East Asia. Previous record breakers have largely come from the same genus (Shorea) and region.

The team has given the tree the name of ‘Menara’, which is Malay for ‘tower’.

World’s Tallest tree video

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© University of Oxford / Dr Alexander Shenkin

Hurricanes to Deliver a Bigger Punch to Coasts

Flood waters cover large tracts of land in Mozambique after cyclone Idai made landfall.
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Cyclone Idai death toll might rise to more than 1,000 people.

When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, it was called possibly the the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. The massive, horrifying, storm caused catastrophic flooding and widespread destruction of buildings and roads in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi feared the death toll might rise to more than 1,000 people.

Cyclones, also known as hurricanes or typhoons, can take thousands of lives and cause billions of dollars in damage. They generate large ocean waves and raise water levels by creating a storm surge. The combined effects cause coastal erosion, flooding and damage to anything in its path. There is considerable uncertainty in predicting trends in extreme weather conditions 100 years into the future. Some computer simulations suggest possible changes in these storms due to climate change.

Cyclone Idai © NOAA

Although other storms have hit this African coast in the past, the storm track for cyclone Idai is fairly rare. Warmer-than-usual sea-surface temperatures were directly linked to the unusually high number of five storms near Madagascar and Mozambique in 2000, including tropical cyclone Eline. Warmer ocean temperatures could also be behind the intensity of cyclone Idai, as the temperature of the Indian Ocean is 2 C to 3 C above the long-term average.

Regardless of changes to the climatic conditions that cause hurricanes to form and intensify, the fact is that these storms already occur frequently. Each year, 80 to 100 tropical storms occur globally. Of these, 40 to 50 are hurricanes, with 10 to 15 classified as major hurricanes.

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© Ryan P. Mulligan, professor, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University.

The Origins of Green as in Greenroom and Greenback

The Green Man – a symbol of mysterious origin and history.

Surfers Dream Of The Greenroom – But What Is Green

In surfing, the green room is the inside of a barrel
It is produced by light reflected into the barrel.

In post-classical and early modern Europe, green was the color commonly associated with wealth, merchants, bankers and gentry.

Green has a long tradition as the color of Ireland and Gaelic culture.
It is the historic color of Islam, representing the lush vegetation of Paradise.

Green is considered positive and a symbol of fertility & happiness in China.
Green is the traditional color of safety and permission; a green light means go ahead, a green card permits permanent residence in the United States.

The word green comes from the Middle English and Old English word grene, and has the same root as the words grass and grow.

The Greenroom

Green can communicate safety to proceed, as in traffic lights
Green is associated in Europe and the United States with youth.
Green in China, is associated with the east, sunrise, life and growth.
Green is considered auspicious for those born on Wednesday in Thailand.
Green in Ancient Egypt; Osiris, king of the underworld, was green-skinned.
Green is considered the color of hope and the color of springtime
Green is often used to describe anyone the young and inexperienced. Green examples; green cheese and greenhorn, (an inexperienced person).
Green is most associated with the calm, the agreeable, and tolerance.
Green and Blue together symbolize harmony and balance
Green is often associated with jealousy and envy.
Green-eyed monster was first used by William Shakespeare in Othello.
Green was the color of the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Green for the troubadours, was the color of growing love
Green clothing was reserved for young women who were not yet married.

In Irish folklore green was sometimes was associated with witchcraft, faeries and spirits. The Irish fairy known as a leprechaun is commonly portrayed wearing a green suit.

Green was connected with the dollar bill.
Since 1861 the back side of the dollar bill has been green, hence greenback

Green politics is an ideology that aims to create an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice and grassroots democracy

Green cheese originally was that which is new or fresh.
Green light in figurative sense of “permission” is from 1937.
Green thumb for “natural for gardening” is from 1938.
Greenroom “room for actors when not on stage” is from 1701.

Born Again Pagans believe the “Green Man” forest spirit has traveled the world for centuries

The name Green stems from the Old English word ‘grene’, which means village green. Green is one of the oldest names in England.

A Green was making aviation history before the Wright brothers were born. Balloonist Charles Green (1793—1841) flew from Vauxhall Gardens, London, to Weilberg, Germany (480 miles), in just under 18 hours (1836).
He made 527 ascents, including one which exceeded 27,000 feet in height.

The popular English melody ‘Greensleeves’ is of Elizabethan origin (published 1581) and is mentioned in Shakespeare. It was initially described as ‘a new courtly sonnet of the Lady Greensleeves’.

A total of 109 towns and cities worldwide contain the word green
Green tea was invented in China in 2737 BC during the reign of Emperor Shennong

Boston lays claim to having the first Green Beer parade in honor of Saint Patrick in 1737. Green wine (Vinho Verde in Portuguese) is a wine produced in Minho province in northern Portugal

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