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The long period swell from June 7th put a hurting on some of the Newport Wedge locals.  And thank god the cameras were there to catch all the chaos that ensued. 




 

 
 
SETUP:  When pulling off a round house cut back, the key to being successful is generating as much speed as possible before starting the maneuver.  Get a few pumps up and down the face to make sure you're movin' at the right speed.  

INITIAL TURN:   This move actually starts on your bottom turn.  Make sure you don't draw out your bottom turn to much or you will loose much of your speed in the flats. Conversely, don't make it too tight or you will be jammed in the pocket of the wave with no space to make a turn.  Make a gently arching radius while keeping your weight centered over the mid section of the board.

TRANSITION:   As you you come off your bottom turn and start your incline up the wave and out on to the shoulder.  Keep the board flat on the face of the wave as to not loose any speed.  Once you feel the speed of the board slightly start slowing, begin your turn.  Keep you head pointed in the direction you want to go.  Your heels should push down to make the inside rail create traction.  On a frontside roundhouse you should be looking over your leading shoulder as you move through the turn.   Always remember that where your head and shoulders point is where the board will end up moving.  Your weight should slightly be focused on the tail of your board in the middle of the turn which will help you push water.  

REBOUND: Once you have completed the turn, you will be facing back towards the wave.  You have to make a decision at this point.  Where should I rebound off the wave?  If you make your way up to the crest, you will be force to pull a re-entry to get back into the wave.  If you aim for the bottom you might not have enough power to rebound you back onto the shoulder.  There is a delicate balance of where to aim.  I recommend trying to ride on the inside of the foam ball to regain speed and rebound.  Once you are propelled back out on to the shoulder set up to do another roundhouse.  

Here is a good video of this move slowed down so you can see the specific movements described above.


 
EQUIPMENT:   One of the most important factors in learning to noseride is having the correct equipment.  Having a broad nose and a nose scoop will definitely help you progress faster.  Having a board that is too short and not designed correctly will make for some frustrating waves.  Here are some of the best Equinox Longboards for Noseriding. 

CORRECT WAVE:   In addition to picking the correct board, the second most important factor is to find the right wave suited for longboarding. Ultimately this wave should be long, mellow, and flat.  Attempting to learn on a powerful beachbreak is not advised and can make learning very frustrating.  At this point I will assume that you know the basics of surfing and catching a wave.
 
SETTING UP:   Setting up off the bottom turn is very important as being in the right position in the pocket will high determine how successful the noseride is.  If needed fade back towards the peak of the wave before turning back down the line.  Bottom turning with too much power might propel you out to the flat while not enough power will not put you into the pocket. 
 
MAKE YOUR MOVE:   Determining when to make your move to the front of the board will dictate whether you bog down and pearl or sucessfully pull it off.   You want to make your move once you feel the board trimming down the line at approximately the same speed as the wave.  You should draw a line at a slight angle back up the face of the wave.  Once your board starts nearing the top of the wave gently move forward on the board keeping your feet ever-so slightly on the wave edge of the board.  At this point you want to make a few quick steps to the front but remember walk lightly.  Cross stepping, just as the name sounds is the most stylish of methods to get to the nose. If you are positioned correctly the board will remain at the same pace and your weight will be on the nose.
 
HANGIN OUT:   Now you are on the nose and many small adjustments will be made.  You will need to make slight movements to keep the board moving down the line with speed.  Move slightly back if you start bogging.  Try one foot on the nose to see how that feels.  Got more confidence, move both feet up front and stand tall. 

MOVING BACK:   Now you have camped out on the nose but the wave is starting to die a little and you need to get back.  Gently cross step to be back of the board while keeping your eye down the line.  It's OK to look down at your feet but try to refain from looking back as this might throw off your balance.  Once you are back try a nice smooth cutback and set up for the next section. 

Check out the video below for some great noseriding in action. 
 


California features a variety of surfing spots and Maverick Surf Spot in Half Moon Bay is among one of the most impressive. You'll find this break 2 miles away from Pillar Point north of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-By-The-Sea. The wave at Mavericks gets its shape from the underwater rock formations and caves.

The best massive wave surfers around the world arrive to Maverick as a winter destination. These surfers are the hellmen who are willing and brave enough to face the conditions at Mavericks. Depending on the swells and conditions, there's a contest there once a year however it's invite only.

Maverick got its name from a German Shepherd named Maverick, after the roommate of his owner and his 2 friends tried to surf within the waves off Pillar Point in 1961. He was with them because it was a customary for him to swim with either his owner or his owner's friend after they went out to catch a wave. Though they left the dog on the shores of the beach, he started to follow them out them out into the ocean. However, as a result of the unsafe conditions of the water, they took him back to the bumper of the car before rejoining  his friends within the water. These surfers failed to have success surfing that day though because the waves were simply too dangerous for them. They name the surf location after the dog since he appeared to have much more fun then they did that day. At first it was called Mavericks Point but was later shortened to just Maverick's.

Mavericks only has a few events a year and they typically attract large crowds that want to witness the big-wave surfing contests firsthand.  This doesn't happen anymore because environmental and safety issues have rendered it not safe for spectators to be there anymore.

Mavericks is not easily seen from land. As such, it remained a mystery to the public until early 1990's. Approximately 1/2 mile offshore is where the waves typically break many times in shadow of the Air Force Station of the Pillar Point making it virtually invisible from Highway 1 or any of the streets that neighbor it. A walking path is the sole access by land to Mavericks. Additionally, once you get to the shoreline, all you typically can see is a huge rock and the whitewash of previous waves that were once massive themselves.

Leave your beginner surfboards at home, big wave guns and tow boards are the only thing that work here....

 


Check out this guy named Jimbo Pellegrine. Guy must be pushing 350 lbs and rips. I don't think too many guys would have the balls to stand up to this guy if he cut you off. Word is he is from San Clemente, CA but moved to Indo to live the life.  I wish he was riding one of our Big Boy Shortboard surfboards 





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Riley Blakeway put together this three part epic in Fiji featuring Kelly, Taj, Chippa, and Jay Davies as they each give us a glimpse into how it’s done on some of the perfect waves Fiji has to offer. Riley’s work piecing together this finely shot surfing is pure inspiration.

Fiji Vignette 3/3 from Taj Burrow on Vimeo.

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