Video : Hurricane Marie

Hurricane Marie’s reputation preceded it, and once its energy hit California coastlines the hype machine was running at full speed. Lineups were packed, beaches were lined, and for 48 hours Southern California was the center of attention in the surf world. Now, a few weeks removed from Hurricane Marie, here’s a slower paced, groovy look back at the 40-year storm.

GoPro Hero4 hits the market with improved photo and video quality

The GoPro Hero4 hits the market on the 5th October, 2014, with improved image and video quality.

The most advanced GoPro waterproof camera features 4K30 video recording, 12-megapixel photos up to 30 frames per second (fps), built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Protune for photos and video.

The GoPro Hero4 Black Edition comes with a two-times more powerful processor, two-times faster video frame rates and even better image quality than its predecessor.

Cinema-quality footage will be available with 4K video at 30 fps, 2.7K video at 50fps, and 1080p video at 120fps.

"A common pain-point is deciding between capturing video or photos of an experience. Each frame of 4K30 video is similar to an 8.3 megapixel photo," underlines Nick Woodman, founder of GoPro.
"The result is that users can simultaneously capture eye-popping 4K30 video and impressive 8.3 megapixel photo-like video stills at 30 frames per second when using Hero4 Black."
The new GoPro camera has also redesigned its audio system, and introduced improvements in image quality and low light performance.

The GoPro Hero4 Black is available for $499.99 while the GoPro Hero4 Silver can be yours for $399.99.

How to pull a floater

There comes a time in every surfer's journey when the initial round of skills-honing has passed, and a plateau is reached. Your paddling is strong and you have no problem making the waves you want. Rides are fun, you know how to get speed, and you can wipe out with the best of them.

It might sound remarkably simple, but often it's the little things that get overlooked in the surfer's arsenal of tricks, and the floater is a prime example.

Up till now, you've most likely bailed when the wave ahead of you starts to break. This is the game-changing trick that instead allows you to "coast" over that breaking section and keep on going. It's easy, too. Here's how:

Start small. There's a bit of finesse in this move that takes a little practice, so get used to the sensation by tackling the waves you're most comfortable with first.

Speed, man, speed. Do we say it too much? Well, it's true: you need to make sure you're moving as fast as you can. Momentum is what makes this work. The lip you're trying to glide over is going to have a different directional energy to the way you're trying to go, and you need power to get past it. You know how to pump by now, so get going.

Right place, right time. This works best when you make it to the lip just as it's closing itself over. Keep your eyes open and try to anticipate where you're going to be.

Think about your line. You're aiming for the lip, but you want to slide across it. Think about what kind of line you need to do that. Angles which are too sharp will kill it. Try to stay nice and fluid.

Crouch on approach. Center your power by bending your knees a little more and steer with your shoulders.

Make the swoop happen by easing weight onto your back foot once you meet the lip. Concentrate the arcing motion in your core, and the rest of your body - and the board - will follow. This gives a surreal feeling of weightless motion - hence the name.

Prepare for the slow. As soon as you start to feel the drag, check out your options for landing. It'll most likely be back over your shoulder.

If the wave still has some integrity, there'll be a sweet little hollow just below or slightly beyond the edge of the closed out section that you can zero in on. Give your board a little turn, your legs a little brace, and get there. A little bottom turn on arrival and you should have enough juice to keep going.

Titans of Mavericks invites 56 surfers to Half Moon Bay

The Titans of Mavericks will be challenging the iconic big wave surf spot located in two miles from shore outside Pillar Point Harbor, in Half Moon Bay, Northern California.

Mavericks may be out of the Big Wave World Tour, but that doesn't mean the peak isn't pumping some of the heaviest and deadliest wave faces on Planet Earth.

The brand has been revamped, and Cartel Management invited 56 titans for the initial battles in the big wave arena. Therefore, the cold water spot will feature names like Carlos Burle, Grant "Twiggy" Baker, Greg Long, Ian Walsh, Kelly Slater, Ken Collins, and Shane Dorian.

The Titans of Mavericks is a contest/event and festival held each year when the North Pacific Ocean creates the biggest possible swell. The insignia replaces the Mavericks Invitational and is controlled by Cartel Management.

It is still not clear when the event will take place, and how will the Titans of Mavericks get ASP World Tour surfers competing in Half Moon Bay, in a non-Big Wave World Tour stage. Apparently, the contest window officially opens January 1st through March 31st each year. Details are to be confirmed.

Nevertheless, Titans of Mavericks has unveiled the list of surfers invited for the first round. They are:

Aaron Gold
Aaron Ungerleider
Alex Gray
Alex Martins
Andrew Marr
Anthony Tashnick
Ben Andrews
Ben Wilkinson
Billy Kemper
Carlos Burle
Chris Bertish
Colin Dwyer
Danilo Couto
Dave Wassel
Derek Dunfee
Frank Solomon
Gabriel Villaran
Grant "Twiggy" Baker
Grant Washburn
Greg Long
Ian Walsh
Jamie Mitchell
Jamie Sterling
Jeff Rowley
Joao de Macedo
John John Florence
Josh Loya
Josh Redman
Kealli Mamala
Kelly Slater
Ken Collins
Kohl Christensen
Makua Rothman
Mark Healey
Mark Mathews
Michael Joshua
Mike Schlebach
Nathan Fletcher
Nic Lamb
Patrick Shaughnessy
Ramon Navarro
Russell Smith
Rusty Long
Ryan Augenstein
Ryan Seelbach
Sarah Gerhardt
Savanah Shauhgnessy
Shane Desmond
Shane Dorian
Shawn Dollar
Tim West
Travis Payne
Tyler Fox
Tyler Smith
Wyatt Fields
Zach Wormhoudt

#Tournotes: John John Florence’s workout

Here’s how John John Florence preps for potentially surfing multiple heats in a day at an exhausting French beachbreak. Now you can be just as athletic as John!

Life Lessons Learned While Surfing

Having had the great pleasure of learning to surf recently, I’ve realized things out their on the waves and learned lessons I’d of never learned otherwise.  Many of them are life lessons, things I’ll hopefully remember forever and live by, much to my benefit and now that I’m sharing them with you, hopefully yours.

The expression “Things come in waves” is the long and short of it.  I often say to a new friend while waiting and just lounging on my board “It’s true, things really do come in waves”. Let me elaborate for you.

When you are out there, if you chase every wave, you will be exhausted and most likely displeased. If you wait for “your time, your wave” you will be much happier and better equipped to ride “your wave” when it comes, and believe you me, anyone who has the patience… Their wave will come.

When I first started this trip, I bought a bunch of commodity related equities in Bangkok and they climbed for 1 day. The next day, they got a size 15 doc marten to the teeth and I was down, big. Normally you’d freak out, angry over wasted energy. I just waited, patiently. Now I’m pleased to report they are ripping again, to higher levels then before.

At about the same time, I had that whole “Spam issue” on my site and it effectively crashed my website, my sales went from good / great to nothing, nadda, zip. I didn’t stress it I was patient and thinking long term. Things come in waves, misfortune, loss of coin, misery. No sooner then you think another wave isn’t coming and many go to the beach ‘giving up’ on the day… The monsters come in.
I’m pleased to report, it’s “back to business” on all fronts.

When things aren’t going your way, it’s time to save your energy, relax, smile, be thankful for what you have. Nothing is static and merely observing the ocean for several minutes with a clear mind, you will realize this. Just when many give up, those that wait are rewarded, tidily might I add.

To continue on this note, when the waves are great don’t think they will last forever, you must act and act quickly. Also when the “waves of fortune” are in your favor you must be grateful for your circumstances and know full well that IT WILL NOT LAST. Sooner than later you’ll be in a lull again. Before the lull comes, cash in whether it’s catching the wave, selling some stocks, doing something you wanted to. Also remember, you don’t have to catch the top or the bottom, forget polarity, forget optimal “timing” just get on it when you need to and that’s “good enough”. Life isn’t about perfection it’s about putting concentrated effort into action.

Just remember the waves of fortune will not last forever. When there are no waves and you’re not banking coin, having the time of your life and whatnot. Fear not, just be patient and happy for what you have. In the case of surfing it’s that you are out on the ocean, in the sun, surrounded by other cool people and often, beautiful babes. Save your energy, be patient and just enjoy the moment knowing full well that if you have the “staying power” you will be rewarded.

Too many people are overly dramatic. When the waves are strong they expect them to last forever and get disappointed, sad or irrational when they stop coming. When the waves in the ocean or life are poor, they get discouraged, depressed, disheartened. Never be that guy. Just realize everything from the ocean to the events and emotions in your life come in waves and enjoy both because both are opportunities to grow.

When they are low, it’s an opportunity to build your character, to realize nothing in life is given and nothing lasts forever. When the tide is high, you must learn to get into action and fast, to “seize the moment” and make the most of it because nothing lasts forever and much like a wave as in life, you only have 1 shot at it. Make the most of it, yes?

There is a quote from someone very intelligent but I’m not sure who it reads “Write your misfortune in the sand and your successes in stone”. Those are words to live by.

These are just some things I’ve learned on this trip, my friends father who is a Doctor who put some of my mental malaise to rest after having swine flu told me that going on a trip like this will be the best thing I ever do for myself. He also said to be prepared for many “dark moments” as they are inevitable when doing something of this nature. They can be external or internal but they will appear. He finished by saying “It’s always darkest before dawn”. The waves are often crummiest before they get grand. Also don’t be overzealous, things come in waves. You don’t have to catch the first one of the new set, often times the first one is the fake out, and if you float over it, the “big one” comes right after.

Enjoy your life and act accordingly because whether you are out catching waves or just catching the “best ride you can in life”. Things will always come in waves, be cognizient of this and thrive in the process.
Good day to you, tips hat.

Best Advice: When Things Go Wrong, Go Surfing

Ten years ago, I was the co-founder and CEO of a 40-person startup called CenterRun, and I felt awful. We had just missed our sales target for the previous quarter by a mile. Even worse, it had been a surprise as our optimistic sales team thought a bunch of new customers would sign up at the end of the year (none did). Now I had to break the news to my investors, and then probably layoff 20% of our staff.

The first person I went to see was Mike Moritz at Sequoia Capital. I shared my frustration and embarrassment at having messed things up so badly, and waited for his response. Mike was silent for a moment, and then he surprised me. Rather than expressing anger or showing disappointment, as I had expected, he instead asked if I had seen the movie, Apocalypse Now. I had not, though, given my mindset at the time, its name sounded quite appealing. He explained it was a war movie set in Vietnam, and described a scene where Robert Duval takes his men surfing on the Nung River, amid napalm strikes and while under enemy fire. “You need to go surfing,” Mike said, “More importantly, the company needs to see you surfing right now.”

It took me a minute to understand the wisdom of what he was saying. As a founder, you feel responsible for everything that happens at your company. That’s tough when things go wrong. Your confidence takes a hit, and the natural reaction is to retract into your shell. But what’s needed in those situations is the opposite. Mike’s point was that it’s in the dark times that your team needs to see you most. They need to know that you have not lost hope and, more importantly, have a plan to get things back on track.

At CenterRun, we went through the painful process of asking some great people to leave so that we could cut our burn rate. I spoke to everyone in the company, individually and together, and explained our situation and the tough choices we had to make. The team rallied; if anything, it drew the survivors together.

Mike’s advice came back to me years later in a similar situation at Clearwell, and informs how I work with startups as a board member today. Almost every successful company faces tough periods, when things go horribly wrong. As founders, you need to be ready – surfboard in hand!

Things to Keep in Mind While Surfing

Like any other adventure sport, surfing has its dangers. After all, you are dealing with a force like the sea and its unpredictable waves. To make sure you make it back in one piece, take surf lessons from experienced individuals, choose the right gear and take it one step at a time. Don't try doing too much at one time.

Here are a few pointers that will keep you safe to surf again.
Choose the right beach. If you're a beginner, don't let the adrenaline get to you soon. Start with the smaller waves and work your way up. Learn to surf cautiously, which will eventually make you a pro. Always choose a beach that has lifeguards. Most beaches have an area marked especially for surfers, be sure to stay in the designated area.

Surfing means tackling the waves and carrying your own body weight through it. You have to be extremely fit to surf, that's just the way it is. You also have to be strong enough to swim back to shore in case you lose a wave.

Just like drinking and driving is a crime, drinking and surfing is, too. You have to be alert and focused while you surf and take care of yourself at sea. Also remember to eat 45 minutes to an hour before you go surfing; it will help with agility.

A collision with other surfers is a common problem. Be careful of that while you're out surfing. Always be aware of other surfers, weather changes, water conditions, etc.

Catching a wave is very important. You must know when to hold your board and when to let it go to catch that wave. When you're paddling out, hold your board and lose the board when you feel like your about to fall. The chances of serious injuries are less.

Maintain surfer's etiquette. Don't snatch someone else's wave. The rule is that the surfer closest to the breaking wave gets first preference. You just have to wait your turn.

No one is invincible. Use a good sun block while you're in the water, especially if you're not wearing a wet suit. You have no idea what kind of damage the sun can do.

Surf with a friend. It's more fun and there is someone to help you and look out for you if anything goes wrong.

Bitten by the Surfing Bug? Eat Well & Live Well

Have you said goodbye to boring workouts, and now often making frequent weekend escapes to enjoy sun, sea and waves? If you and your friends have been hit by the surfing bug and have tried paddling and catching a wave, then you know how exciting and challenging it can be.

You need to work out, that's for sure. You need to strengthen your shoulders and arms for paddling. Conditioning for surfing also requires strengthening the lower back, legs, and other major body parts, including the mind. Aside from a regular workout like long-distance cycling, running and swimming to build greater stamina and endurance, and doing yoga to increase flexibility and mind power, good nutrition greatly helps.

Eating the right foods will help surfers increase muscular endurance that's important for paddling and catching waves. Poor eating habits throw a person off balance. So surfers end up falling more easily, getting tired quickly, and sustaining injuries. A body that lacks nutrients also has a compromised emotional and mental clarity. An unhealthy person lacks focus and energy which are essential to the sport.

To complement body conditioning for surfing, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink two to three liters of water every single day. Some people may ask if eating well really plays a part in becoming a better surfer? You can bet your fat fanny it can. How else can you sustain the energy for a physically challenging activity like surfing if you don't have enough energy coming from healthy foods and vitamins? A couple of hours of surfing and you're spent already without proper conditioning for surfing. So as not to bonk, eat slow-burning foods that offer energy over several hours. Have a stash of low-sugar protein bars. Avoid high sugar, highly refined carbohydrate foods that can lead to muscle and joint deterioration. Cut back on foods high in cholesterol. Even if you already know the basic surfing skills, you may sustain injury and your performance may deteriorate if you don't eat well. Sports nutritionists generally recommend a four to one ratio of carbohydrates to proteins. Some experts say that a meal after a workout should not be full of carbs. Protein will stimulate insulin response and refuel your body.

If you plan to surf all day long, eat lean meat or fish and brown rice the night before to have enough energy stores. At the beach, you can munch on fruits with fructose like apples, pears, peaches, and bananas that the body can absorb slower than processed sugar. Focus on eating for sustained energy and you'll have a blast surfing. Oh, and drop unhealthy habits like smoking.

Surfboard Design Features

Surfboard design is probably not something you wondered about much before you started surfing. But once you are looking to buy a surfboard, it is important to understand the different parts of the surfboard and what impact they have on the way the surfboard performs.

The main aspects of the surfboard's anatomy are:
Length - Longer boards paddle faster and more length means more volume of foam which helps with stability.

Width - Wider boards are more stable and easier to use in mushy conditions. Thinner boards are easier to maneuver and surf in hollow waves.

Nose - A thicker nose will help you catch more waves while a thinner nose will allow you to make quick turns and throw some heat.

Tail - There are many tail designs. A thin tail lets you turn easier and a wide tail will add stability. A swallow tail, one with two points will let you make sharp turns but the wider the space between the tips, the harder it will be to switch from rail to rail.

Rocker - The curve of a surfboard's bottom. Boards with more curve can ride steeper waves and boards with flat rockers carry their speed for longer while going in a straight line.

Rails - The sides of the board. The design of a rail changes how a board releases water as it moves forward. Rails can be hard (a sharp corner) or soft (rounded).

Fins - There are a wide variety of fin designs. They can come in 1, 2, 3, 4 or more and some boards have none at all. Fins come in a wide variety of shapes as well, they can be tall, wide and sweep towards the back of the board more or less depending on the intended feel. There is a lot to learn about fins, for more reading, see the article on surfboard fins linked at the bottom of this page.

Bottom Contour - The bottom of the surfboard can have different shapes. When looking from the front, some boards have a V bottom where the center is lower, some are round with a belly and some have a contour where the board has a channel to focus water.

Foil - The distribution of foam from the front to the back of the board. Some board might have more thickness in the front and less in the back which helps with paddling, while other are thicker in the back.
Deck - The top of the board can have a few different shapes that make it easier for you to ride in certain ways. Longboards are typically flatter to make it easy to walk, while some other boards are very rounded, which allows them to have thinner rails.