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Lots of people try out surfing and usually they get the bug and want to get better…perhaps hoping one day they might rip like Newquay’s Alan Stokes (pic above)

However not everyone lives by the beach, and not everyone can surf regularly. So a common question is ‘How can I improve?’

I believe surfing is different to some other sports. The amount of time you need to spend physically learning is quite high, so anything you can do to improve little by little is important.

Here are 7 tips on how you can begin to improve your surfing…

1. Make sure you have the right kit

If you are learning to surf you need to be warm enough. So to ensure you can stay in the water as long as possible, a good wetuit is a must.

In addition to this you will usually want to learn on a soft foam surfboard with lots of volume.

If you are learning to surf and weigh anywhere between 120 -200lbs you should opt to learn on a foam surfboard between 7ft and 9ft long for the first 10-20 sessions.

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SurfingGB have put together a handy PDF with all the UK & Ireland surf comps for 2011 listed. There are quite a few surf competitions coming up in September through to November in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

The next event after the King of the Groms, at Fistral beach in Newquay is the XPY PRO Junior on the 17th and 18th of September – with the Animal Open and British Championship being held in November.


To download a PDF copy of the 2011 GB surf competitions visit http://www.surfinggb.com/


The Billabong rpo at Teahupoo in Tahiti has largely been on hold this week bar one day of surfing.

However yesterday ( Saturday 27th August) the big swell that was predicted hit. True to form the big wave teams turned up and set about launching themselves into insane huge barrels.

There were many stories of heavy wipeouts and surfers being dragged across the reef – one having his life vest ripped off! The waves were certainly heavy…

Watch the video footage below



With round 1 done and a few lay-days down, according to Surfline, the surf is meant to get pretty massive at this week’s Billabong Pro surf comp at Teahupoo!

Surfline.com forecast for this week at Teahupoo

Commentators are talking about whether the event may need to get called off on the biggest days – or whether the competitors will be allowed to tow-in…could that really happen?

Well who do you fancy for the event? Suddenly who you’d back might change if the waves are really big.

The small wave aerial rippers might not be the obvious choice…

I’d always wager Kelly Slater could do well big or small, but could this be a good comp for the Hobgoods? CJ was killing it in round 1.

And what about veteran surfer Taylor Knox? He’s now 40, but still fit, he’s still on tour and he likes the big stuff.

Or maybe young gun Julian Wilson coud have his day… he seems to froth at the thought of sizeable surf.


A photo gallery of some pro international surfers surfing in their heats at the 2011 Boardmasters WQS 6 Star event in Newquay, Cornwall in August 2011.

Some moderate onshore wind made the conditions great for airs – so, some of the American, French and Brazillian surfers certainly seemed to have fun.



Busy times in Newquay are upon us

Most of August gets very busy in the water in Newquay, so here are a few pointers in finding a surf spot if you want to free surf.

Surfing at Fistral beach:

What usually happens at BM - Click image for larger version.

Its important to appreciate that about 1/3 or more of the beach can be allocated to surf comps when they run. If they are not running then you can surf at North Fistral.

Free surfing is permitted on Fistral generally, but not in the red and yellow flags which is for swimming and bodyboarders.

If you don’t realise that red and yellow flags mean no surfing and are a designated area for swimming and bodyboarding only… you should probably not be surfing on your own. Sign up for surf lessons!

It is usually less busy at low tides and more busy at high tide, as the waves tend to break closer to the shore – pushing free surfers into a smaller take off zone.

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