Getting barreled and tube riding are very different. getting barreled for a few seconds can me achieved anywhere with the right tide and offshore conditions. Tube riding is possible only at certain break that break hard, steep, and have a pitching lip. For a person committed on getting tube rides I would suggest Puerto Rico, Marias beach or gas chambers. When these places are firing you can almost guarantee a tube ride for at least 5 seconds. Mexico offers some heaving waves as well. Here where I surf Long Island/ New Jersey area you can get tube rides but it has to be big I'm talking overhead waves to get that almond shape barrels to open up. Jersey I find pitches harder than Long Island unless your out east and still you need the right combination of winds' tides and swell size. Gas chamber tubes are insane. Huge oblong shape waves that will get you pitted the second you drop in. Good luck!!!
[QUOTE=EmassSpicoli;194396]Nothing worth having comes easy brah.
No lie!!! your gonna have to commit and take a few poundings before you reach the promised land!!
Start small... even on chest high days you can start to look for the pockets. Work on your timing either coming off the bottom by extending your bottom turn and watching the lip, or hooking it up under the lip and sort of stalling it, to put you right in the pocket as it laps over you. Reading the wave and timing will start to get you in the barrel whenever there's a bowly section to be had... if you're putting a conscious effort into finding the pocket and putting yourself in it. It's a deliberate thing, just like working on your hack and carves and airs. You gotta take every opportunity to practice. From there you can work your way up to full on tube rides.
When i made this thread I was thinking maybe there had been previous discussions I couldnt find in the search about difficulty of different barreling waves. Like for instance if there are waves that are known as the worst to try to get your first barrel (Pipe, Chopes,etc) then there has to be ones that are known as being easier...possibly a difficulty scale like with standard waves.
I have watched tons of vids and I know that the vids make it look easy and the ocean perfect and fun, when it is not. I will try to find an example but I know I have seen smaller barreling waves where the riders are crouched and the wave isnt as tall or thick
In the meantime. This dude's vids are my fav surf vids and my inspiration for the life I would like to live
On the first link , peace left 3, at 17:15 when the song starts is my fav part of any surf movie
hate to say this bro, but the hollower thew barrel, the more powerful the wave...