How to read waves

How to read waves: learn how they bend and break | Photo: Quiksilver/BoskoPhoto

How do waves break? How will a wave break? It’s one of the most frequent questions in surfing, and you’ll forever learn where to paddle to. Left, right or no-go.

Reading waves and the direction they break is one of the most important skills in surfing. Whether you’re a beginner, weekend warrior, intermediate or pro surfer, you should definitely learn how to read a wave.

Choosing the wave we’ll be riding involves observation, and it will open a wide new world of advantages over other fellow surfers – you’ll be catching the best waves, more waves, you’ll experience less wipeouts, you’ll get less tired and, above all, you’ll surely have more fun.

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Building House – Nine events that shaped modern competitive surfing

Forget what you know about the modern World Championship Tour for a moment and picture this: an international surf contest with no bracket formats, no elimination rounds, no priority rules, and no big prize purse—just 24 surfers thrown into a single heat to scramble for scores. While it sounds barbaric compared to the glossy new […]

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Leonardo Fioravanti wins the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro 2014

Leonardo Fioravanti: Italian surfing flavor | Photo: ASP/Lodin

Leonardo Fioravanti has triumphed at Pantin Classic Galicia Pro 2014, held in clean three-to-four foot waves, at Ferrol, Spain.

The Italian surfer defeated Marco Giorgi, from Uruguay, in the final heat. Fioravanti scored the only Perfect 10-point ride of the contest held in the beautiful beach of Pantin.

“It feels unbelievable right now, it was such a good contest! I’m still 16, I’m surfing heats with absolutely no pressure on the QS and it seems to be working out. Today’s my mom’s birthday and I’m so stoked to give her that present, this is the best day of my life for sure,” says Leonardo Fioravanti.

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Winners crowned at the Red Bull Cape Fear

Red Bull Cape Fear: Sam Macintosh eyes a safe exit | Photo: Red Bull

Eight surfers were crowned winners of the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear, at Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia.

It was hailed as one of the most exciting surfing events of recent times. The Red Bull Cape Fear, brought to you by big wave surfer Mark Mathews, didn’t deliver monsters but there was no shortage of barrels or wipeouts.

Eight one-on-one clashes were run in four-to-six foot sets over one of the world’s deadliest reefs. At Ours, Ryan Hipwood and Jamie O’Brien opened the hostilities with what was considered the best battle of the event.

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Kicked Out at Teahupoo – Highlights of accidents from the Teahupoo Offramp

Let’s start by saying that we know it’s hard—nay, impossible—to play it cool when you’ve just exited a perfect 10-foot barrel at Teahupoo. We get it. But what we saw in the realm of kickouts at the Billabong Pro Tahiti was nearly as entertaining as the tubes themselves. Whether it was Kelly Slater awkwardly jumping […]

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The Week in Webclips – Hurricane Marie edition

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Good Morning Marie If, like me, you watched all this Marie madness from fog-bound and relatively flat Northern California, it can be hard to believe that all those waves we were seeing were breaking south of Point Conception. I mean I’m old enough to remember all the “Pipeline Comes to Newport” […]

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Week in Review – Random happenings in surf for the week of August 25

Random happenings in surf for the week of August 25.

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Cape Fear – Red Bull’s Cape Fear Challenge is on at Ours

“There’s no wave in the world from 6 to 10 feet that is heavier than it. Deep-water swells pitch on a super shallow ledge that’s covered with razor blade barnacles and then it breaks only 10-15 meters from the cliff face. So if you fall off and don’t hit the bottom, chances are you’re going to get washed in to that cliff face. There are plenty of dangers and few people willing to navigate them.” —Mark Mathews

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What He Rode: Gabriel Medina – Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina’s winning Teahupoo board

There aren’t too many waves in the world you can call similar than Teahupoo, especially at that size. But it was his was his third time competing there, and he’s already proven himself in big, powerful waves on the North Shore and Fiji. Gabriel is from Maresias, which is good training ground for hollow and powerful waves. But of course nothing to be compared with the conditions during the finals in Tahiti.

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How to make a professional surf video

Surf videos: plan the perfect angles | Photo: Dan Warbrick/Rip Curl

Surf videos work like identity cards and fingerprints. They can change the life of a surfer, but they can also propel the filmmaker into the commercial surf industry world.

Pictures speak for themselves. An unknown surfer getting barreled in a transparent wave for 20 seconds, under sunny skies and surrounded by huge palm trees, will likely jump into stardom in a matter of weeks. Just let it go viral on Youtube or Vimeo.

These days professional video equipment is cheaper. You won’t have to sell your house to produce the best surf video of the decade. Digital high-speed camera are still expensive, but there are excellent affordable HD alternatives.

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