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    Tips on How to Boogie Board




    boogie boarding Tips on How to Boogie Board

    This kid is stoked!

    Boogie boarding, or body boarding, is a really fun way to ride some waves. If you’re eager to learn how to surf and you’re not even from a coastal area, boogie boarding is the perfect way to begin to understand how waves work and how to catch them. If you like to surf and the waves are sloppy knee high, boogie boarding is the next best thing to be doing at the beach. You get wet and you have fun on waves; there isn’t much else to ask for at the beach.

    Speed When Catching Waves

    You can’t just plop down on a wave and expect to be taken for a ride. A certain amount of gracefulness is required. Remember this while you’re in the water trying to catch waves on your boogie board: to ride a wave, you have to be going at least as fast as the wave. And when you’re boogie boarding, you have a big advantage over surfing because you’re standing on the floor of the ocean and you can push off with your feet. You don’t have to rely on paddling to pick up your speed.

    How Waves Form and Break

    If you stand back and watch waves roll in, you’ll find that they all form a certain way:

    The water begins flat and then rolls up into a lump, which begins to grow larger. At the wave’s highest point (it’s peak), it begins to break and turn into white water. This white water rolls toward the beach and peters out. Eventually the wave is completely gone, absorbed into the ocean.

    The wave’s highest point is called its peak. Makes sense, doesn’t it?  A mountain’s highest point is its peak.  Once the wave hits its peak, it begins to break. This also makes sense because once it “breaks,” (think of breaking a toy or something, as in it won’t work anymore) it turns into white water and peters out.

    Where to Enter the Wave

    When the wave is at its peak, this is where you want to enter the wave. You want to be standing on the side of the wave closest to the beach, and have your body facing the beach, so that the wave is right behind you.

    How to Enter

    Just as the wave is about to peak, you’ll feel the water rising against your legs. This when you want to push off with your feet as hard as you can, thrusting yourself onto your board and toward the beach. Since you’re taking off on the wave as it’s at its peak, your boogie board will go down a bit, picking up more momentum, and then the wave’s white water will shove your boogie board along the water. You’ll eventually sink down a bit into the water and come to a stop.

    Shoving Off

    When you shove off, don’t shove off into the air and smack down on the water. You need to gracefully shove yourself toward the beach at the height of the water. Don’t be concerned about whether the wave is going to pick you up more or drop you down some, just be level with the water and shove yourself very hard so you get plenty of speed.

    Stick With It!

    If you’ve never boogie boarded before, it’s probably going to take you about 20 waves to feel like you know what you’re doing, and it’s worth it. For one, being wet in the water is fun no matter what you’re doing, so enjoy the experience. Once you get the hang of boogie boarding, you’ll always know how to do it. I’ve taken off on waves on a boogie board that gave me such a long ride, I would look around at everyone, and at the beach, cruising along, and think, “Wow, am I really still riding this one wave?”  As you improve, people will be watching you and you’ll feel like you have your own little show and you’ll enjoy it even more.

    Shark Repellent for Shark Attacks




    Finally, A Shark Repellent that Works

    I’ve looked high and low for a shark repellent and finally found one worth mentioning. It’s a product called Shark Shield, which repels sharks with an electric field that induces spasms in the shark’s snouts. It’s used to repel sharks while participating in numerous water sports: “surfing, bodyboarding, longboarding, snorkelling, scuba
    diving, free diving, spear fishing, commercial diving, kayaking, ocean swimming and boating or fishing.”

    Shark Shield is provided by an Australian based company, of the same name, that specializes in manufacturing products that protect people from sharks. According to their website, Shark Shield is used by the Australian Elite Army, the South African Navy, the US Coast Guard, and is approved by NATO. It provides protection against all predatory shark species. Tiger sharks, Great Whites, Bull sharks, Makos, Bronze Whalers, and more are deterred by this product.

    How Shark Shield Works

    Here’s an illustration of how Shark Shield works for surfboards.

    surfer shark shield Shark Repellent for Shark Attacks

    “The Surf unit is compact and lightweight and produces up to an eight meter shark safe zone. The unit can attach to all surfboards and weighs around 350 grams, and the less once in the water. The unit comes compete with mounting plate, deck grip and electrode tail. If you have more than one surfboard, mounting plates can be attached to numerous craft and the unit is then detached, using an Allen key, and reattached to another mounting plate. This Shark Shield Surf has a 7 hour rechargeable lithium battery.”

    shark shield grip deck Shark Repellent for Shark Attacks
    shark shield surfboard mounting plate Shark Repellent for Shark Attacks

    I talked with the head of the surf unit at the company, who told me a shark shield device for a surfboard would cost
    $499. That’s not cheap, but it’s worth it, especially if you plan to surf in waters known to have shark attacks.

    Here’s a video that provides more information about Shark Shield.

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    Fun in Corpus Christi




    If you haven’t been in the water yet today, you really should go. It’s a lot of fun, great for surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, whatever. The waves are really well formed and peeling nicely. The water is 84f  and be sure to wear sun stuffs because it’s really sunny.

    It couldn’t possibly be a better day to go to the beach.

    Power Up Your Body Board




    As a lover of sea and stoke, you have to see this. This thing is a powered boogie/body board that can be used to ride on top of the water or even to go under water like a submarine. It would be a blast to ride this thing across the top of the water and it looks like anyone could use it.

    It also looks like it would be fun for snorkling, but I wonder if the engine would scare away the sea life that you were trying to see through your goggles. I wonder what the sharks will think of this thing. I hope it scares them. Source.
    powered electric body board 2 Power Up Your Body Board

    powered electric body board Power Up Your Body Board

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