Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by HaoleNJ, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Are there different types of reefs?

    Being from NJ and not well traveled I do not have a lot of experience surfing reefs. I am asking this question because as we all know surfing reef is dangerous compared to NJ beach breaks because reefs are hard and sharp. Although, it appears that not all reefs are sharp and dangerous. I say this because you often see videos of people standing on reefs or "bouncing off the reef" and not significantly injuring them selves.

    I know from my limited experience surfing reefs in the Caribbean, everyone said "DONT NOT STEP ON THE REEF, DONT NOT HIT the REEF!" because of urchins etc. Are reefs in Hawaii drastically different then reefs in the Caribbean, and Australia?

    Maybe someone well traveled, or a marine biologist can help out

    Thanks all.
  2. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    There are TONS of different types of reefs. Some sharp as hell (coral for example) so less so. Lava reefs can be sharp or smooth depending on the type of lava material. Then there is the issue of what is living on the reef. Orchins = SHARP!

    This is just scratching the to speak.

  3. surff

    surff Member

    Feb 21, 2011
    I dont know alot about reefs but if your scared of them and want to get some big barrels, I know Puerto Escondido is sand bottom, I've always wanted to go there
  4. offshore

    offshore Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Surfing is about pushing your limits, when you're good and ready. Just because Puerto is a sand bottom shouldn't give you a safety net of "everything is going to be ok". Puerto is a serious wave and shouldn't be taken lightly.
  5. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I wouldnt say I am scared of reefs. I am just scared of the unknown.

    I have no problem taking off deep on the other side of the jetty and riding across it cause i know what the heck is down there. I never spent a lot of time on reefs so its more of just the unknown.
  6. mexsurfer

    mexsurfer Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    dont under estimate this wave... i was there when it was slightly overhead and a good local surfer broke his spine (paralyzed for life). Thank god those lifeguards have jetskis! Mexico 10-11 045.jpg
  7. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    That is a sick picture

    I am surprised there are even lifeguards in puerto
  8. MellowMonday

    MellowMonday Active Member

    Sep 28, 2010
    Some sharp some "soft". Tahiti more shallow than Fiji, more deep. Swell size and period obviously matters and so does tide. Some spots in Hawaii go almost dry to dry (looks like a boulder garden) at low tide at certain breaks and the locals don't ride it. Good time to hit it and get it all to yourself or just about to yourself. Scary as crap but you do what you have to and shallow equals you being keenly aware and super focused. You have to be willing to take a chance. Be respectful. By the way, head high barrels in NJ wont put you head first into the bottom if you eat it?
  9. mexsurfer

    mexsurfer Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    yea, theyre great lifeguards, but they'll steal **** from tourists bags when there in the water. but i dont blame them, theyre so underpaid
  10. darippah

    darippah Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2008
    If you lose your job (gd forbid!) I'm staying far away from you! :)