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A Guide to The Basic Scuba Diving Skills

07/14/2019

If you have just completed your certification and training to become a scuba diver, let us congratulate you first. You have now extended your horizons into a new world, which would never be experienced by the majority of the planet’s population. You should consider yourself lucky; knowing that you are about to get a first-hand experience of the wonders of being underwater and that you will be given the chance to explore everything beneath the ocean’s surface.

Probably the best way to become a better scuba diver is a constant practice. It would also be beneficial for you to work your way to improve your basic scuba diving skills. In this post, we will be discussing the things that you need to improve on, along with the scuba diving skills that every diver should master. Consider this post as your guide right after you have completed your training and certification from your dive school. Now, let us get on with the discussions.

Scuba Diving Skills

The terms training, course, and learning may remind you of the bad memories of going to school. However, we assure you that the scuba diving course is also as informative as it is fun. With this, here are some of the basic scuba diving skills that you can improve after you have completed your scuba diving certification. Keep in mind that practice would always go a long way, especially if you are only a beginner in scuba diving.

Hand Signals

Communication is vital when you are scuba diving. After all, how are you going to get a message across to your partner when you cannot speak underwater? In addition, underwater communication equipment can be quite expensive and unreliable. So, why not rely on hand signals instead?

You need to stop daydreaming about talking verbally to your scuba diving buddy and just work your way to learn the basic and common hand signals. However, you must be aware that these signals vary a lot and sometimes depend on the location and the instructor who gives the hand signal briefing. Nonetheless, the most common ones include the “out of air” and the “okay” hand signals.

Gear Assembly, Removal, and Replacement

You surely would not be able to scuba dive without getting your gear ready. When assembling your gear, it might get a bit overwhelming, especially if you come across the connectors and hoses. However, it would be in your best interest to always listen to your instructor when he or she talks about these things. Coupled with the fact that you already have a few dives in your diving portfolio, you will get used to it and you will be on your way. During assembly, make sure that you know how to properly set up your diving gear, as well as the perfect fit for you. Doing so allows you to be in your most comfortable state even when underwater.

Gear removal and replacement also takes skill to do. While scuba divers do not normally take off their gear while they are underwater, it would still be useful to know how to do it in case of emergencies. For instance, you may need to remove your gear if it is tangled in kelp. With this, it would be a major inconvenience for you if you know what to do if trouble arises.

Buoyancy Skills

Probably the most important skills a scuba diver must have is buoyancy. Perfecting buoyancy, while not actually a challenging task to accomplish, takes more than just being calm and mentally focused. It requires all your bodily functions to remain steady throughout the whole scuba diving experience. This is also a very useful skill because you are likely to use less oxygen when you are buoyant. In addition, there is also very little chance that you will damage marine life, especially when you are not dragging any of your equipment on the seafloor.

Clearing your Mask

It is a known fact that water still gets in even when you are wearing a mask underwater. After all, no mask is impenetrable. In case you smile underwater, you may cause your skin to buckle, then, eventually break the seal.

Other times, you may get your mask bumped out of its place, causing the water to get in your mask. What you can do is to follow the instructions you have learned in your certification training about what to do when clearing your mask. If you need a moment, be sure to tell your partner. That way, you are not separated from each other. Ideally, you should be able to get this done even without stopping, or in a short span of time, at the very least.

You can simply remove water from your diving mask by looking up and then exhaling using your nose while you hold the mask’s top portion against your forehead.

Emergency Ascents

While it is rare to find yourself in need to execute an emergency ascent technique, it would still be convenient if you know how to do it in case the need arises. Emergency ascents will certainly require you to share air with your partner and then swim in a controlled manner toward the water’s surface. In addition, you may also need to drop your weights while underwater. To be well prepared, you need to practice all types of emergency ascent techniques and methods. That way, you do not induce panic in case the real emergency happens.

In case you run out of air, you can trust your partner that he or she has an alternate source of air. Gone are the days when divers are required to pass on a regulator back and forth. Using an alternate air source, two people can breathe using a single tank, of course, using separate regulators.

To add, it is always better to know what to do in emergency ascents, especially if you find yourself uncontrollably sinking. It is also very useful to know what to do in order to remove weight, allowing you to be in your most buoyant state. Doing so also allows you to be lighter underwater. In case you did not know, this is done by removing your weight belt or your integrated weight pockets.

Conclusion

Knowing the basic scuba diving skills is vital, for you to enjoy the underwater and more importantly, to be safe while doing it. Now that we have reached the end of this post, we trust that you will continue to practice what your diving school has taught you. The best thing that you can do is to be physically and mentally prepared just so you know what to do in the event a real emergency occurs.

How to Catch an Unbroken Wave

07/11/2019

Catching clean and unbroken waves feels completely different from when you’re catching broken or whitewater waves. Catching whitewater waves surely would give you turbulence and bumps, not to mention your surfboard sinking as you try to pop up. Meanwhile, a smoother ride is expected when you catch unbroken waves. If you’re lucky enough, you might even get the drop, which is the feeling you get when you ride from the wave’s crest and then scooting downwards.

Catching an unbroken wave allows a more solid ride and it might also surprise you that popping up actually is a lot easier. In this post, we will be talking about how to catch an unbroken wave, along with some tips on how to execute the maneuver properly. Catching unbroken waves would likely require you to incorporate several skills at once. And if you’re curious about the whole process, then let’s proceed with the discussions.

How to Catch an Unbroken Wave

As mentioned, you are required to bring in several skills when trying to catch an unbroken wave, some of which include paddling, popping up, duck diving, and positioning. Proficiency in paddling is required for you to be able to get past the breaking waves. 

The pop up technique is also vital, as this maneuver actually lets you surf. Learning duck diving, on the other hand, helps a lot with getting you in the lineup hassle-free. In addition, it also increases your chances of getting into position a lot quicker. After all, getting into the correct position is key to catching an unbroken wave. Here’s what you need to do:

  • The first thing that you need to accomplish is paddling out way past the breaking waves and get into the lineup position. This might seem like an exhausting process, especially if you are a beginner. So, if you feel a bit out of breath or tired, you can definitely take it easy and relax, until you recover.
  • Catching an unbroken wave requires you to be physically ready. So, if you feel as if you can sit on your board, you may certainly do so. In fact, the position is likely to provide you with a better view of what’s ahead.
  • Timing is key when paddling. While this requires much more practice, you can watch more experienced surfers and see when they start paddling. Doing so allows you to have a better idea when the best time to paddle is.
  • When a wave is approaching, ensure that you’re facing the shore, like what you would do when catching whitewater waves.
  • Start paddling. It may also be beneficial for you if you look behind you, just so you can judge how much more paddling is required. Keep in mind that when the wave finally reaches you, you should also be paddling at the maximum speed. With this, you’ll also feel that your speed increases as the waves pick you up.
  • Then, start to angle your surfboard towards the unbroken wave, preventing you to nose dive and sending you pitching forward.
  • You may continue paddling just until you’re very sure that the wave has picked you up. In case you’re not sure even though you have enough speed, try pushing the surfboard as you would do when you’re popping up. This time, however, straighten up while arching your back.
  • Lastly, pop up. Keep in mind that timing is essential to catch an unbroken wave. In addition, we’re sure that you’ll get this right with tons of practice.

The Different Stages of a Wave

Understanding how a wave is formed is important, so you know how to find the correct position to catch an unbroken wave. Here are the four different stages of a wave:

Stage A

This is where the wave only appears as a bump on the water. At this stage, it is certainly impossible to catch a wave. After all, the lump indicates that there is a much bigger wave to come.

Stage B

Stage B is where you can catch a green or unbroken wave. In case you didn’t know, this stage features a shape that has excellent power, as well as the steepness that allows you to paddle through it. This is the perfect stage because stage A would not be powerful and steep enough while Stage C might seem too vertical for you to be able to make the drop.

Stage C

Stage C is where the wave starts to break. You’ll notice that the wave’s lip starts to crash down on flat water. In addition, this stage might be too powerful and steep for you to catch a wave. This fact also holds true, especially for novice surfers.

Stage D

Stage D is where the wave has already broken and has finally become a whitewater wave.

Tips on How to Catch an Unbroken Wave

  • As mentioned earlier, it might be advantageous for you to look behind you when you’re paddling. Taking a peak would be the only way you can know whether you need to paddle less or more, depending on the shape of the wave.
  • Not looking back only makes you mistime your paddling. It may also cause the wave to crash over you, with you ending up catching a whitewater wave instead.
  • The bigger your surfboard is, the easier it would be for you to catch an unbroken wave. Catching broken waves is all about paddling, which hopefully matches the wave’s speed. The sooner you get the wave’s momentum, the sooner you would be able to pop up then surf. It is common knowledge that bigger boards are a lot faster than smaller boards, as they make it very easy for you to catch the broken waves.
  • More experienced surfers tend to catch more unbroken waves because of their multiple movements. Once you see a lump, you should ask yourself this very question: will this be a bigger wave that will break out down the line? Or a smaller wave that is likely to break a lot closer to the shore? When you get enough experience reading waves, you get to be more proactive, allowing you to easily paddle and position yourself to catch the unbroken waves.

Conclusion

Catching unbroken waves is such an amazing experience, as you’ll feel that you’ve taken surfing to the next level. With this post, we hope that you get to apply the new knowledge and that there’s nothing to hold you back now. If you ever feel in doubt, you can simply refer to this post and understand which area needs improvement.

How to Set Up Your RAVE Sports Water Trampoline

07/08/2019

We’re sure you’ve seen people jumping up and down on a water trampoline. And it would be very rare to see them not enjoying their time while they’re using it. In case you’re not familiar, a water trampoline is a floatable and bouncy piece of water sports equipment you commonly find in lakes and ponds. This equipment is for everyone – kids and kids at heart and most water trampolines are large enough to accommodate several people at once.

Did you recently buy a RAVE Sports Water Trampoline and may not be sure how to set it up? Then, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is this post very helpful in assisting you to set up your water trampoline but we have gone out of our way to ensure that it is also safe for your friends and family to use. After reading this post, you should be able to set up your new RAVE Sports Water Trampoline correctly. Keep reading if you want to know more.

Advantages of Water Trampoline Exercise

It’s a fun way of exercising

Maybe you’re wondering whether jumping on a water trampoline is a form of exercise. Well, yes, absolutely. Using a water trampoline offers enjoyment that you wouldn’t even notice that you’re already exercising. This fact makes it even better for you because you’re also having fun. Not only that, but it is also a very convenient way to disguise actual exercising.

It offers aerobic exercise

Our bodies need exercise. Jumping up and down on your RAVE Sports Water Trampoline for about 30 minutes to an hour a day already provides you with a great way to incorporate aerobic exercise. In case you didn’t know, aerobic exercise is great for your mental health, heart, and mood. Another reason why it’s advisable for both adults and children is that it ensures you that if you get your daily amount of aerobic exercise, it will certainly benefit your overall health.

It gets you outdoors

Using your water trampoline offers you a unique situation, in which you can enjoy the outdoors while burning off some calories. Studies have also proven that children who get outdoor exercise are physically healthier. Another reason is that it detaches the children from gadgets, at least for a bit of time. Among other benefits for children are outdoor activities’ help in improving their attention span, happiness, and boosting their immune systems.

It allows you to have an active lifestyle

When you incorporate the use of water trampolines in your daily routine, it builds up a mentality in your kid of being active, even without them realizing it. Having this fun kind of exercise later creates a mindset that they need to have a form of exercise that they need to fulfil daily.

It is an activity you can enjoy with your friends and family

Another advantage of exercising on a water trampoline is that you can enjoy it with your family and friends. Doing a group exercise gives people a drive to exercise more while having fun. This would also benefit those people who don’t get a lot of time outdoors and those who couldn’t get much exercise because of their busy schedules.

How to Set Up Your RAVE Sports Water Trampoline

Now that you have bought your new RAVE Sports Water Trampoline, it’s now time to set it up. These instructions, in fact, are very easy to follow and you only need a couple of your friends to help you carry it into the water. Here’s what you should do:

  • Open the package carefully and prepare to unbox the contents. However, this very first step should be handled with care, as you don’t want to cut through the trampoline itself when you try to open the box.
  • Find a flat surface and then roll out the jump tube.
  • Once done, you need to find where the valve is and then unscrew its cap.
  • Make sure that the valve is closed. You can do this by pushing the yellow button while you turn it a quarter turn clockwise. Keep in mind that turning the valve counter-clockwise will only leave the valve open.
  • Then, start inflating the tube using the RAVE High-Speed Inflator and Deflator to about 80% to 90% full.
  • After, attach the harness to the correct anchor points. Do this step with the anchor holder faced down.
  • You may now attach the ladder onto the yellow colored panel where you can find the warning information.
  • Then, begin attaching the jump surface.
  • You may also need to attach the two springs onto the w-shaped corner ring located at the jump surface.
  • Continue adding the springs as you work the corners and the center of all sides.
  • Start filling the tube until full using the inflator. You will know that it’s full if it feels like a firmly inflated basketball.
  • Then, begin attaching the Spring Pad Cover.
  • Make sure that the slits in the spring pad are located where you need to put the attachments.
  • After, begin putting both bungee hooks through the triangle. Then, attach each of them to the adjacent triangle.
  • Now that the water trampoline is set up on land, you now need to move it to the water. To do this step, you need to use the handles found on the sides when carrying it. In addition, make sure that you do not drag the whole thing into the water, as it may create damages, especially at the bottom.

Once you’re done using the water trampoline, proper storage is essential to keep it in its pristine condition. Here’s how to do it:

  • When you’re done for the day, take the water trampoline out of the water.
  • Begin folding the tube into a tarp and then tie it up using ropes.
  • Store the tube in a dry place.
  • Then, fold the water trampoline in half.
  • Roll it as if it’s a sleeping bag.
  • Put it inside a storage bag and then wrap it tightly.

Conclusion

Using your RAVE Sports Water Trampoline offers a lot of benefits, for you, your family, and your friends. Therefore, setting it up correctly is vital so you can make the most out of it. As discussed, this is something you can do on your own but it would be best if you have a couple of your friends to help you move it to the water. With this guide, we hope that you’re now able to set your RAVE Sports Water Trampoline correctly.

Kayak Technique – The Right Way to Use a Rudder

07/05/2019

Probably the most interesting features of sea kayaks and flatwater are rudders, in which its use is a bit intriguing. Kayak rudders certainly make kayaking, as well as touring, significantly more fun, long as these are used the right way. While most people regard rudders as mechanical devices that turn the kayak, that’s not entirely its purpose. In case you aren’t familiar, kayak rudders keep your kayak moving as straight as possible.

In this post, we will be discussing the kayak technique – the right way to use a rudder. Not only is this device very useful for every kayaker, but it also has other benefits, which will be discussed in the later sections. Hopefully, once you have reached the end of this post, you will be able to apply this new learning when the opportunity comes. Now, let’s proceed with the discussions.

Why Do You Need a Rudder?

To be able to answer this question, you must first know the kind of kayak, how it will be used, and in what conditions will it be used. Other factors also include the paddler’s skill level, as well as their personal preferences.

Kayak rudders are normally mounted on the kayak’s stern. When it is lowered into the water, the rudders are then controlled by foot pegs inside the kayak’s cockpit, allowing you to correct your course hands-free. The main advantage of rudders is that you can easily turn them, providing you with better control over weathercocking, in a wide range of water conditions. And when you don’t need to use rudders, they’re often raised from the water, which protects them from the impact, especially during launching.

Simply put, kayak rudders are perfect for kayakers who wish to paddle on open water, which is exposed to waves and wind. In addition, rudders would also be perfect if you have a longer kayak. However, keep in mind that the more you progress in your kayaking, stroking, and paddling skills, the lesser you would want to incorporate the use of a rudder.

How Do Kayak Rudders Work?

In case you didn’t know, there could be more drag on the kayak’ side where the rudder is. Thus, the rudder does its part to slow down the side while the other remains at speed. While this device makes steering a lot easier for the paddler, it does consume your momentum. With this, it makes you work a little harder than you have to just for you to reach to another point.

The rudder works as the steering wheel of your car, in which it draws proper from your vehicle’s engine, allowing you to never use a single muscle to steer the wheel. And as with power steering, it does appeal to many paddlers, as it’s a good trade.

The use of rudder, specifically in kayaks, is relatively a recent innovation. Some of the old kayaks didn’t use any, in fact. Kayakers nowadays don’t really adhere to this innovation and instead, remain faithful to the simplicity of kayaking rudderless. While most kayakers don’t need a rudder, the proper strokes during paddling alone can provide you with all the control you need. So, basically, the skills can literally replace the use of rudders. Modern kayaks now come with a rudder option while some of them already come with one, included in the standard package.

How Do You Deploy the Rudder?

Generally, the rudder rests on top of the kayak’s stern and it can be easily deployed when needed. The rudder often comes with an attachment, which secures it at the top and acts for the convenience of transporting the kayak onto the water. To deploy the kayak rudder, here’s what you should do:

  • Release the rudder while it’s in the immobilized position, right before you get in your kayak. Typically, the rudder is secured by a cord, in which the length spans from the kayak’s stern up to the cockpit, but still within arm’s reach.
  • You will find in the cord a knot or a ball that indicates where to pull it.
  • Once you have pulled the cord away, the rudder usually takes a circular motion, starting from the kayak’s top to the water just behind your kayak.
  • Pull the cord the opposite way in order to retract it back and out of the water.

How to Steer Your Kayak Using a Rudder

As mentioned in the earlier section, kayak rudders benefit you in a way that it keeps your kayak moving in a straight pace, despite any wind or current. Kayak rudders are normally attached through the kayak’s insides up to the foot pegs. To know how to steer the kayak using a rudder, here’s what you should do:

  • Try pushing one of the foot pegs so that the rudder will be brought to the kayak’s side. This action will cause the kayak’s side to counteract the wind or current.
  • This is commonly the norm but there still are other ways to move the rudder such as a hand-activated lever.
  • You may also use the foot pegs to control or adjust the rudder for various strength, as well as wind directions. This will cause your kayak to steer to different angles, as you prefer.

Conclusion

Knowing how to properly steer your kayak using a rudder is a very useful skill, especially if you find yourself battling against strong winds and currents. It would also be a great addition to your kayaking skills, as it allows you to steer your kayak in a straight pace, instead of using it to turn your kayak.

Now that we have reached the end of the discussion, it is vital that you take note of the instructions to be able to use the kayak rudder accurately. We do hope that once you’re in the water, you’ll know what to do. Just refer to this guide in case you have doubts on how to steer your kayak using the rudder.

Surf Tips – How to Pop Up for Women

07/02/2019

If you getting serious about surfing, then you certainly need to perfect your pop up action. Knowing you can land on your surfboard in the right moment not only gives you confidence, but it sets you up for the whole ride on your board. For women, getting the pop up action right would take a lot of practice, on land and in the water. If you’re using your knees to get up, then you need to change that mindset, as we believe that this one is a hard habit to break.

In this post, we will be discussing everything that you need to know about how to pop for women. Body coordination is essential, in which you can improve by being flexible on your hips, as well as developing strength, especially in your core muscles. Doing so allows you to make a smooth transition from the paddling position up to your standing position. Keep on reading if you want to know more.

The Excellent Pop Up

You’re reading this post because you’re either confused about what pop up is, you’re interested to know what it is, or you’re struggling with it. If you’re confused, then we’re happy to tell you that there are several ways to stand on your feet during the pop up action. However, you should also be aware that there really isn’t a ‘right’ way because the feeling that comes along with surfing is what we are after. For that matter, all of us want to learn a quick yet consistent way to get our feet in the right places when surfing. As you may already know, different surfers have developed varying levels of flexibility, fitness, and more importantly, body shapes. So, if there needs to be an alteration, then you may try to see if it works out for you.

How to Pop Up for Women

For women, doing the pop up action can be a bit challenging. However, we have compiled a guide that would be very easy to follow, allowing you to perform this challenge with ease. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Once you have stopped paddling, start by placing your hands on your surfboard. You may do this action as if you’re getting ready to do a press up.
  • Then, slide to your knees while you keep your hands on your surfboard.
  • Now, try getting your feet up, starting on your most comfortable foot.
  • After, use both of your hands to push off the board while you’re bringing your foot up and placing it flatly on your surfboard.
  • This time around, your back foot needs to come forward. Doing the same routine as with the first foot, push your hands against the surfboard and then place your foot down.
  • Release both of your hands while you bring your arms up for additional balance.
  • Lastly, bend both of your knees and keep your eyes up.

For women who don’t want to use their knees and whose main goal is to perform the jump up method instead, here’s what you need to do:

  • Once you’re in the wave and when you feel the wave pushing you in a forward position, this is now the perfect time to press up, mimicking the plank position.
  • At the same time you’re pressing up, you also need to bring your foot forward while you place it onto the surfboard.
  • Then, as you’re still in a lunge on the surfboard, your back foot should be in its place, ready to do the next step. Some women find it easier to slide their foot back in its place. However, some also find this one very challenging due to the wetsuit boots.
  • After, release both of your hands while bending your knees.
  • Finally, keep your eyes forward and get moving.

Tips on How to Pop Up

  • You don’t want to get up too early. You need to make sure that you’re waiting until you feel the wave as it starts to push you forward. This is the best time to perform the pop up.
  • You don’t need your feet to perfectly positioned. You can even shuffle them once you feel confident about the pop up. Doing so allows you know which suits you better – which foot hits the right spot at the accurate angle.
  • While some surfers prefer putting one hand forward, in which they claim that this motion helps them ensure that they twist to land in a sideways manner. Interestingly, experienced surfers also use this technique, especially when they start to take off beginning from the backhand.
  • You need not worry when you’re unable to put your foot down if you’re not lifting your hands at the same time. This is perfectly normal for beginners. However, make sure that you are keeping your weight at its lowest while doing so.
  • Try not to rock your surfboard. In case you’re not familiar, the surfboard’s overall position as it lies in the water is almost the same as when it’s lying on you. For instance, the nose shouldn’t be sticking up too high or underwater.
  • When you’re beginning to learn how to stand, keep in mind that you also need to be careful not to rock your surfboard while keeping your weight at the center.
  • Try lowering your shoulders while you push your weight using your chest. This comes in handy, especially when you’ve reached your increased paddle speed with the wave right behind you.
  • When paddling, all you need to do is to look over your shoulder and check for yourself how the wave is forming behind you.
  • If you see that the forming wave might be too steep for you, try to slow down your paddling while you prepare yourself to pop up.
  • Once you’ve learned the techniques on how to study and assess the wave, the quicker you’ll be able to learn how to pop up.
  • As with any kind of surfing maneuvers, it is essential that you keep your focus towards where you’re headed.

Conclusion

For women, learning how to pop up might not come as easy as for men. With this, we have written a very detailed guide to help you do this basic maneuver when surfing. When in doubt, you only need to refer to this guide and we hope that we’ve been of great help, especially if you’re only a beginner. Popping up might be challenging for women, we admit, but with practice, we’re sure that you’ll be able to do this eventually.

Surf Tips – How to Get Barreled

06/29/2019

Getting barreled is probably the most exciting experience when surfing, being encapsulated inside a wave as it pitches and spins while finding safety in a wave big enough to wipe you out in case you make one small wrong move. You also get to see the most beautiful view of the greens and blues, not to mention the brown sands. In addition, you get to be mesmerized by the light at the very end of the wave tunnel.

While we’re not trying to get spiritual here, you probably know the feeling if you’ve seen it yourself. But for beginners, we’re going to take you on a journey on how to get barreled – the right way. In this post, we’ll try to educate you with the things you must know so you can start pulling into barrels, which can certainly be added to your surfing maneuvers in the future. Keep on reading if you want to know more.

How to Get Barreled

Surfing spots that can produce clean and good barrels tend to get wild. With this in mind, it’s only good practice to prepare yourself with the proper know-how prior to trying this challenging maneuver. The general rule is to go frontside, especially when it’s your first time trying the barrel. This way, you can prevent rushes of inner spray straight to your face. You can also reach one hand out to the wave, in case you need balance. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • It is deemed essential that you gain speed, enough for you to get down to the wave and on through the barrel before it closes. With this, you need to paddle as efficiently as possible.
  • As you’re only getting started, we are only assuming that your first attempt isn’t at all monstrous. So, you need to get this maneuver any time you can. Our tip, a tightly-angled and crouched drop-in would come a long way. This would also mean that it’s likely that you get moving as you get ahead of the wave’s lip, which is the perfect position you want to be in.
  • Once you’re inside the wave, you need to keep yourself centered. You may think of it this way, you need to become what your purpose inside the wave is – a projectile. Another tip, don’t ever risk ricocheting through touching the wave’s bottom or top. As mentioned, keep yourself centered and go.
  • If you’re surfing for a while now, you know that you need to stay right above the white stuff. If you’re not familiar, the white stuff has its own velocity and it would be difficult for you to get a move on. It tends to get you closed, slow you down, or throw you off the line.
  • Keep your knees bent while your butt and back are kept in a straight line. Once you’re inside the tube, you would realize that there isn’t much room for you to maneuver. With this, you need to keep in mind that your adjustments must be finely-tuned. Also, you need to keep up your speed, as you’re going to need it later. You may also use your ankles and toes to pump.
  • Once you’re inside the barrel, you need to keep your eyes at the end of the tunnel. You may imagine it like the lens of a camera – keep it in the same size as you go along. If it’s beginning to look a bit tight or small, then you may start to pump for more speed. When you watch the top edge, you can get a great indication of what the wave does next. If the angles are sharp, it might mean that the wave is about to die, so, you need to stay close.
  • When it comes to the exit strategy, you don’t really need to spend time thinking about it, as it goes as naturally as possible. When you exit, you may perform a double back and then you may now start paddling for another. However, keep in mind that a lot of factors change how the waves behave. In fact, these changes can also happen abruptly. So, you need to have a plan in the event that the wave changes.

Tips on How to Perform the Barrel

It’s a good idea to pull yourself into closeout waves

While it’s never a good practice to take a beating from the wave, getting pounded by closeout waves is just part of performing the barrel, especially if you’re a beginner. The good thing about it, however, is that it trains your body that gets you inside the tube. If you find yourself getting hurt or your surfboard breaking, you may just grab a bodyboard, then pull into medium or even small-sized barrels.

You may start practicing first on small and hollow waves

You don’t really need overhead waves to get barreled. However, this also depends on your height. With this, if you see that the waves are small, then you may try paddling using your steep shoulders. In fact, experienced surfers find it a lot easier to use their backhand, as their bodies have been lowered and therefore, there’s less space inside the cylinder.

Positioning is key

As mentioned earlier, you need to get yourself centered once you’re inside the tube. With this, you need to study the wave before you paddle out. Doing so allows you to identify the best position to be in. you may also try pinpointing as to the exact area where the opening of the barrel is and then get yourself in that area.

Focus on pumping, as well as stalling

These are two of the most useful maneuvers that will help you perform more barrels. For instance, stalling the surfboard allows you to decrease in speed after you have done a bottom-turn. Pumping, on the other hand, accelerates your surfboard, in case you are needing additional speed when you’re about to exit the tube.

You may try surfing a wave pool

One of the best ways to learn how to barrel is to practice in a local wave pool or any controlled environment. If you’re struggling, you may ask for a professional’s advice or learn from advanced surfing lessons.

Conclusion

As an end note, you don’t really need to be a marine biologist just to study the ocean – the wave in particular. As you go along, you’ll get to understand the various types of wave conditions, allowing you to make the most out of the wave and therefore, performing the barrel. Hopefully, you get to apply this new learning once you’re set on your next surfing session.