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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavehog1 View Post
    Sorry DawnPatrol, nudey beach is closed due to our wonderful government!

    When it does open back up this is actually a good place to get barreled due to the steep beach, rebound of the wave and shore break. Putting your hand in the wave is going to be more for balance, its really not going to slow you down to much. There are many manuevers in surfing in which you can use your hand in/on the water to either help balance you or even help you recover from a big manuever. You can do a huge lay back turn and literally land on your back but you can use your hand in the water to help push you back up. Comb the internet and I'm sure you'll find tons of picts and vids in which the pros do this.

    Anyway..... so you paddle, pop up and are on your way. If its steep and fast as soon as you drop in if you feel the shoulder closing in on you just slightly push down on the tail of your board. When you push down on the tail of your board its basically "pressing the brakes". You only need to do it for a split second because once you do you will want to re-gain your speed or you will just get swallowed up and mowed down. If conditions are epic and you have a manageable barrel you will have to constantly adjust your speed to stay locked in without getting too far back. Like I said, stepping on the tail will slow you and pushing with your forward foot, slightly at the same time pumping your board up and down on the wave will speed you up. No matter what conditions are like in order to gain speed on a wave you must go top to bottom while staying close to the shoulder. The further from the shoulder you get the less energy from the wave you have to work with.

    Hope that helps a bit.... now all you need is waves!
    Thanks brotha, so Ponce isn't nude friendly? Never woulda thunk it, all this time I've been wondering why people gawk at me as I walk by blowing in the wind. "Don't act like you're not impressed!"

    Thanks for the tips in all seriousness, like I said, I've been able to get lucky a few times but making it more of a habit when conditions are ripe is what i'm after. I've become close friends with the sandbar at the Inlet several times trying.

    So having that kind of control and being able to read the wave that well is something that will come with time i'm sure. Been watching lots of vids, but I need to check some new ones out, been watching same ones over and over again.

  2. #42
    Man, this is yet another sick thread. SI is on a roll lately. Only prob with this thread is that barrell is misspelled in the title.

  3. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Man, this is yet another sick thread. SI is on a roll lately. Only prob with this thread is that barrell is misspelled in the title.
    Haha, blame me. If i spell it barell i get the line under it saying it is incorrect and when you right click change it , barrel is shown as the correct way

  4. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by ninja323 View Post
    Haha, blame me. If i spell it barell i get the line under it saying it is incorrect and when you right click change it , barrel is shown as the correct way
    Brah, you had it right. Someone called it a barrell on here weeks back and from then on that's what it's spelled to me at least on SI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Brah, you had it right. Someone called it a barrell on here weeks back and from then on that's what it's spelled to me at least on SI.
    you tell him emass! bayroll is how its pronounced.

  6. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by sandblasters View Post
    you tell him emass! bayroll is how its pronounced.
    Sick, brah. You clearly have the hot hand this week. Let it fly. Keep the posts coming and make sure you take this streak to the bank with the women this weekend.

    FREE SB

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    Identifying waves surfing potential is a tremendous skill by itself. This would be YOUR first step. It seems your overthinking it and want someone to hand feed you a perfect tube. YOU need to identify your prey and hunt it down. I'm always on the hunt. Repetition is key to getting tubular. There are so many variances in speed, thickness, and size so there isn't a single recipe for getting tubed. You need to be extremely present in the moment and react accordingly. For any control you must be able to slow down and speed up on a dime. Navigate through that hole until your out or it collapses completely. Don't bail early or try to escape or you'll receive massive beatings! Take off late and/or deep. You need to paddle your hardest to stay under the lip! Don't be a p*ssy! You will take beatings hunting for tubes. Lots. On MOST east coast barrel days I'd be lucky to make 50%. So what, it's still super fun. Some tubes that you almost make and/or travel far in are still the sh*t and offer plenty of stoke. Never be discouraged, if you get shacked after a ton of beatings you'll appreciate it that much more. It only takes that one wave sometimes to make your week.
    The obvious beginnings: Sand bottom, not big, not crowded.
    Ride as many waves as you can, always! You have a lot of hard work to do but if you stay on it, ye shall be rewarded.
    Last edited by Doug; Oct 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

  8. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Identifying waves surfing potential is a tremendous skill by itself. This would be YOUR first step. It seems your overthinking it and want someone to hand feed you a perfect tube. YOU need to identify your prey and hunt it down. I'm always on the hunt. Repetition is key to getting tubular. There are so many variances in speed, thickness, and size so there isn't a single recipe for getting tubed. You need to be extremely present in the moment and react accordingly. For any control you must be able to slow down and speed up on a dime. Navigate through that hole until your out or it collapses completely. Don't bail early or try to escape or you'll receive massive beatings! Take off late and/or deep. You need to paddle your hardest to stay under the lip! Don't be a p*ssy! You will take beatings hunting for tubes. Lots. On MOST east coast barrel days I'd be lucky to make 50%. So what, it's still super fun. Some tubes that you almost make and/or travel far in are still the sh*t and offer plenty of stoke. Never be discouraged, if you get shacked after a ton of beatings you'll appreciate it that much more. It only takes that one wave sometimes to make your week.
    The obvious beginnings: Sand bottom, not big, not crowded.
    Ride as many waves as you can, always! You have a lot of hard work to do but if you stay on it, ye shall be rewarded.
    Sick post brah. One of many sick posts in a sick thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Could you elaborate on what to do and what not to do? Great topic here...
    I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to write what I do in a way that makes sense. I'm almost there, but will have to do it later today or tomorrow because WB IS FIRING RIGHT NOW!

    PEACE!

  10. #50
    Been naked a few times at Ponce too, but I did it at night!

    Got lit with a few friends after a contest and went streaking through "Chases" (in NSB) for a night surf... not as brave as you though, mine were all at night! (and unsober)

    To tell you the truth I never go out surfing looking for a barrel. I just paddle out and hope for a few really good waves. There are plenty of barrels (or how ever you spell it) at Ponce to be had.... Also NSB side at high tide! I have a big poster on my wall of a picture I had blown up of me in a nice size barrel at Ponce. Even on the small days you can still find a little cover up here and there.

    Like I said though I never paddle into a wave knowing its going to barrel. It just all happens so quick and I know it sounds cliche be its kind of instinct. How often do you see a guy that is about to get into a barrel look over his shoulder? Never! Its because you just kind of feel it and know its there and happening. Its also a different sound of a wave. Instead of just a crashing, thunderous normal sound its more like when you drive your car through a tunnel or underpass. It makes that "tunneling sound". Sorry, I can here it in my head but am finding it hard to describe the stupid sound effect coming out of my mouth.

    The same goes for once you are in the barrel too, you just know what to do... whether it be speed up or slow down, or exit out the back.

    I know what you're feeling though, I had the same feeling when I started surfing. When I was pre-grom I would sit in my room and stare at all the surfing posters on my wall, I literally had my walls covered like a scrapbook with surfing picts and girls in bikinis! When I stared at the waves on my walls I could actually feel what it would be like to surf them. (same with picts of the girls!)

    I think another thing that really helps your surfing improve is just travelling around to different breaks. Whether it be just in the state or out of the country. Another thing I highly recommend is for you to stick with the same shape board. One of the biggest mistakes for beginners is to constantly change their ride. Your board is like another appendage and the more familiar you are with it the more you will improve. Ever jump in a different car and just take off, it usually takes sometime to get used to it. It takes way more concentration navigating turns and parking and tight spots etc... because you aren't as familiar with it.

    On that note... on a recent trip to Nicaragua we scored some of the best barrels of our lives! Full on stand up barrels! I have picts and when I have time I'll put some in my profile.

    Actually a few days it was too big! We paddled out and watched guys with helmets get towed into some massive pits! Here's a video.... wasn't from that day and is a lot smaller but you get the idea....

    http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/...sj&age=0&&tt=b
    Last edited by wavehog1; Oct 9, 2013 at 03:26 PM.