Surf Tips

Competition Tips

I. Equipment
- Surfing List (equipment needs based on conditions)
1. Board(s)
2. Swim fins
3. Surf shorts or
4. Wetsuits
5. Leashes for boards and fins
6. Watch
7. Wax
8. Sun Screen
- Beach List

1B. Cool, shaded area to relax.
2. Clothing based on conditions (warm or cold)
3. Sunglasses
4. Beach towel (big enough to change in)
5. Cooler
6. Foods: fruit, water, etc.
7. Calculator

II. Need to know before you surf
- Commonly asked questions about competition rules
1. What are the Judges looking for?
2. What is the drop in rule?
3. How many waves are being scored?
4. How long are the heats?
- The Wave (study and learn the break)1. What type of break is it?
2. Where are the best waves coming in?
3. Time between sets?
4. How big are the waves and what are their ranges?
5. What are the tides doing?
6. Bottoms- shallow, deep, reef or sand?
7. Winds- now and later?
8. Fastest way in and out?
9. Rips / currents?
10. Water temperature?III. The "Heat" Surfing in the competition

1B. Conform to the criteria.
2. Look for advantages in the surfing environment.
3. Concentrate on your surfing, not on your competitors.
4. Ride in front of the Judges.
5. Concentrate on wave selection (be in the right spot @ the right time).
6. Maximize your maneuver possibilities.
7. Surf radical, yet smooth.
8. Ride your waves as long as functional.
9. Only do maneuvers you are reasonably confident with.
10. Make a clean exit.
11. Be consistent.
12. Put combination to turns or arials together.

IV. After the heat (How did you do?)
1. What were the final results?
2. How could you have done better with...
A. Conforming to the criteria?
B. Knowing the break better?
C. Wave selection (catching the best waves)?
D. Quality of moves?
E. Quantity of moves?
F. Timing consistency?

Check the heat sheets for:
1B. All Judges have same number of waves on each sheet.
2. All the highest waves tabulated on every Judges sheet.
3. Addition correct on all sheets including master sheet.
4. Correct placing on the master sheet.

Pat Caldwell's Competition Tips

1. Check rule book thoroughly before competing.

2. Water, Food, Shade - bring bottled water, fruits, eat light and don’t eat 1 hour before heat. Also, no water 20 minutes before heat. Stay out of the sun-it drains your energy.

3. Time sets - sit down and time the interval between the sets of waves about 30 or less before heat.

4. Reforming waves - watch the contest area and look for the part of the wave that you can ride to the beach, preferably with open face.

5. Get an accurate countdown watch - be sure to wear it as you’ll be lost without it.

6. Position in line up-think about where you are going to sit in the competition area (before going out) and where in relation to the other competitors. If you favor lefts, pick a left peeler and keep everyone to your right.

7. Don’t worry or watch the performances of your competitors during your heat-concentrate on maximizing your own performance.

8. Surf within your limits- no forced maneuvers - forcing maneuvers that you can’t make are disastrous. Make the wave; do the maneuvers you’ve been perfecting while staying on the open face of the wave.

9. Wave selection - be aware of the best waves that are coming through in your heat and where they are (see #6). Don’t take off on a small closed-out wave in the beginning of the heat if you know there are bigger sets.

10. Close out surf strategy - get into the wave early, if the waves are breaking from right to left, stay to the right of the pack. Maximize trim speed for either combination maneuvers or one big flashy maneuver on close out section. After down in white water, look for reforms on the way to the beach.

11. Wave count - most associations have a 10 wave maximum per heat. Keep count yourself, or have someone keep count on the beach for you.

12. Combinations - belly spinners to rollos, rollos to spinners, tubes to rollos, rollos to tubes, putting "combos" together on one wave while keeping your speed up on open face on the biggest waves will assure you a victory.

13. Whitewater tricks - not that important, bit if you can pull combinations (example: spin to rollo) in whitewater then it helps. Morey Boogie contests don’t score whitewater manuvers.

14. Request Feedback - ask your more knowledgeable friends how you did after the heat, ask them what you could have done more on the waves. Find one of the Judges and ask them what they like to see done on the waves that day.

15. Review your score sheet - try to remember what you did on your waves during the heat, and relate that to what the Judges scored on them. This way you can see exactly what they want to see.

Pat Caldwell's Travel Tips

1. Find out if you need a Passport or Visa. If your passport is due to expire 12 months from your travel date you will not be allowed to leave the Country.

2. Find out if you need innoculations (shots).

3. Find out the climate so you can dress appropriately (in and out of the water) including water temperature.

4. Bring more than enough money (in travelers checks).Know the exchange rate and how much per day in accommodations, rental car, food. Exchange some money at the airport then in the bank at your destination.

5. Travel light. Don’t bring too much "stuff". Travel sensibly. Drink plenty of water during your travel time and upon arrival to your destination.

6. Be courteous to the people and the landscape, especially in the line-up.

7. Learn simple phrases of the language, like Thank You, excuse me, can you help me.

8. Know your limitations: Don’t go out in the waves if you think you can’t handle it. Baywatch won’t be there to rescue you.

Trick Riding: 360’s

1. Keep your legs together and ankles locked at all times.

2. Keep your head up, back arched and weight centered over your hands.

3. Use the energy of the wave together with the momentum of your body.

4. Try to do them in the most critical part of the wave.

5. You can drag a hand to learn, but it will be a bad habit to break.

6. Use reverse 360’s on the flat part of the wave to stall for better position.

7. Attempt to do 360’s in multiple combinations- that is the only way you will learn.

8. If you have mastered them (a true test is ride a pointbreak) see if you can spin across the entire face of the wave.

9. Try to coordinate your arm, head and leg movements when you begin 360’s (all at the same time).

10. Remember, faster is better so whip your 360’s around as fast as you can.

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