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September 17, 2020 4 min read

Surfing is a very popular and recognized water sport that relies on skills like strength on the muscles and balances. However, there are some aspects of surfing in which humans can't interfere or manipulate to their advantage, and the best example of that are the waves, natural and limited formations of high-speed water that develops into a good form in which surfers will be obtaining balance and mobility through the water. The reason why surfing exists is mainly due to the existence of waves, and if you are a surfing enthusiast then maybe you want to expand your practical knowledge further more, right? Then stay tuned to learn some interesting things that you must know about waves. Let's begin.

 

Number One: They Have Different Parts that are Important to Know.

You and other people around the world may rename waves as just "waves". However, there are a lot of hidden names and parts that you should know if you want to upgrade your surfing experience since knowing the secrets of these parts will make you a better surfer theoretically speaking. You will be able to determine where you should be moving and what kind of places you should keep away from. The first part is called the Peak and is nothing else than the highest part of the wave and also the part in which it will break first than any other part. Finding the peak of a wave will be vital for your decision like predicting the point where the break will take place.

 

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The second part is named the Lip and is located below the Peak, named like that because will be the second-highest and potent point of the wave which means that it will count with the complete stopping power of the wave. You need to be careful since this part is the one that will impact strongly in your body if you fail in your predictions. And then we have the Curl and the Shoulder of the wave, being the first one the place that gives the curvature to the wave and the second one where the surfer will be moving and taking advantage of the stopping power of the wave and wind force. The Shoulder will be the last part of the wave that will break, so it is the most recommended shortcut.

 

Finally, it is the Impact Zone. The name says it all. You must try to avoid being in this part since it will be the one that counts with all of the power. If you fall or get hit by this Zone then be prepared for a very painful experience. The water arrives at a decent speed and acceleration that could cause some pain even to the strongest surfers, so be aware of that and try to do your best on avoiding it.

 

Number Two: Beach Waves are not Always the Same.

When you go to the Beach for some Surfing experience you should be aware of something truly important which is the fact that not every wave is the same when it comes to sandy locations, and this is due to the power of the sandbanks and the impact that these waves have on the sandy bottom. The sand will change the natural behavior of the wave depending on how much amount of sandbank we are talking about. Every single point of the previous explanations lead to a particular and very interesting phenomenon which is the one that determines the power of the beach waves depending on the current month of the year. And other factors include the temperature, type of beach, location of the beach and the amount of sand, truly interesting, right? You need to book for trips more carefully since more or less powerful waves may be waiting at the beach.

 

Number Three: Don't Surf at Night.

You may already know this, but have you ever seen a professional surfer at night? Negative... and this kind of behavior has a deep explanation since dangerous sea creatures like sharks are prone to hunt during these darker times of the day. For that reason, you SHOULDN'T try to surf at night or too early in the morning, not only for the security measures of some places and surfing in general but also for the comfort in the experience overall. Tiny waves won't be enough for your desire and expectations so it is better that you follow up the plans and surf at the same time as others do. You just need to do your best to find the best spots and everything will be alright.

 

You are recommended to surf around sunrise and around sunset when there are decent waves in the water. Another reason is that you can enjoy your surfing experience before too many surfers show up.  The reason why waves are stronger at these times of the day is because the power of the wind and temperature will make a great impact in these waves. During the day the wind and other aspects like the heat will make the waves powerful and massive in comparison to what you may get in the night hours. So, it is a fact that professionals tell you to surf at these times because they want the best for themselves. You must follow recommendations to increase your success at this activity. Good luck!

 

Liz H.
Liz H.


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