How To Choose The Right Surfboard

How To Choose The Right Surfboard

How To Choose The Right Surfboard For Catching Those Waves

Catching those waves requires a little knowledge, training, practice, patience and the right surfboard. Selecting a surfboard isn’t just about style, and there is not one size or type of board that fits every person. Your surfing abilities are even part of the equation. Are you a beginner? Use this checklist as you learn more about how to choose the right surfboard.

Surfboard volume and length are especially important to consider if you’re a beginner. More advanced surfers soon learn to start downsizing in terms of the length and volume of a board. In fact, advanced surfers sometimes even have more than one board, as it also depends on the types of waves you’re going to be catching. As a beginner, you’re certainly not going to want to be searching for tsunamis.

Most importantly, you’re wanting a board that you feel comfortable using. Not only do the board’s thickness, width and length need to match your abilities and the waves you want to catch, but your body size must be taken into account as well. Do you have any friends that are surfers? Experts suggest trying out a few of the boards your friends are using can help you choose the right surfboard that’s comfortable for you.

Length, width and thickness is important, but volume is everything according to the experts. Surfboards are made of different materials, too. When surfing first became a sport, the boards were made of wood. Lighter balsa wood was subsequently used vs hardwood, and then came fiberglass and foam. Many experts will say foam is your friend, but there has been a movement that is popularizing wooden surfboards yet again.

Think in terms of how environmentally conscious people are these days. That’s certainly a good thing, but fiberglass and foam boards are still the most popular. The volume of the board based on your abilities is the first key step to choosing the right surfboard. You can look at a volume chart, and you’re going to have to find what’s comfortable for you.

The length of the board is the next step. At that point, if you’re not finding exactly what you want, you can always get a custom surfboard designed just for you. This allows you freedom of design in terms of the artwork, too. Just remember to choose the design features based on your abilities. If you go with a high performance design, you’re simply going to struggle catching those waves.

You want to have a lot of fun out there catching those waves. That absolutely requires first of all that you have the board that is right for you. You could say that choosing the best surfboard for you individually is the most important first step to surfing those waves. After all, you need a board to get out there in the water anyway.

After looking closely at the specs and choosing the best type of board based on your ability, get what makes you happy. That’s why so many surfers purchase custom surfboards. In terms of design, they get to choose the specs, and they get to choose the colors and artwork, too.

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Ski Trip Packing List

Ski Trip Packing List

Ski Trip Packing List

Skiing is one of the best winter activities that you can do.  The beautiful snow, trees, and hot toddies, along with that thrill of adrenaline that you get when skiing down the slows with the sun shining down on you, cannot be beat.

In order to get the most out of your next ski trip, you will want to be as prepared as possible, so we have come up with the following ski trip packing list which will help to ensure that you take along all of the important ski essentials that you will need.

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Snowboard and Ski Equipment

Sometimes it might not be practical to take your ski equipment with you.  So if you are going to be traveling, be sure to shop around online to find the best rental deal on snowboard or ski equipment.  If you will be taking your own, here are the essentials that you will need for your ski trip packing list:

  • Skis: Depending on your preferences and needs choose from cross country, downhill, twin tip, powder, or all Mountain skis.
  • Ski Poles: These will probably come with your skis.
  • Bindings and Snowboard: Ride whatever you like the best.  From rocker to flat camber or traditional camber to alpine or freestyle.  Or if you aren’t sure, opt for all mountain.
  • Snowboard or Ski Boots – Make sure to have comfortable ones.
  • Board or Ski Bag: Although you might ski you might want to take a snowboard bag when you are traveling since you can fill all of your ski gear inside including your boots, skis, poles and ski clothing. By contrast, a ski bag is skinny and doesn’t have any padding or room for any extras.
  • Helmet: This is a critical piece of equipment since it protects your skull.

Ski Clothes

  • Waterproof Ski Jacket: If you are flying wear this on the plane to save space inside of your bag.
  • Board Pants/Ski Pants
  • Thermal Pants and Top
  • T-Shirt or Mid Layer Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Neck Warmer
  • Beanie: These work well to cover your helmet hair when you are taking a ski break.
  • Ski Socks: Take several pairs

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Ski Accessories

  • Snowboard or Ski Gloves: Be sure they are warm and waterproof.  You don’t want to have wet, cold hands while out on the slopes.
  • Inner Gloves or Glove Liners: Having an extra layer underneath your gloves will allow you to take your gloves off to adjust your boots and other things.
  • Ski Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Earmuffs or Headband
  • Hand Warmers
  • Sun Cream: You need to protect whatever parts of your face are exposed to the wind and sun.
  • Lip Balm: While skiing your lips will get exposed to the wind and sun.  So take lip balm with you to keep your lips hydrated.

Clothes For Off The Slopes

  • Jeans or Warm Pants
  • Warm Tops or Sweaters
  • Outdoor Coat or Jacket
  • Waterproof or Snow Boots: Make sure that they have a good grip.
  • Regular gloves
  • Socks and Underwear
  • Pajamas and Slippers

So there you have it.  Be sure to use this ski trip packing list to help you plan your next vacation.

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Best Surf Towns in The U.S.

Best Surf Towns in The U.S.

Best Surf Towns In The U.S.

From the west coast to the east coast and away from the mainland in Hawaii, there are many great surfing spots throughout the country.

Are you ready to hit the waves?

Each of the top destinations bring something a little different to the table. Some are better known for waves and conditions that cater to more advanced surfers, while others are good for beginners, too.

Here are some of the best surf towns in the U.S.

New Smyrna Beach, CA

Would you have guessed that one of the best surf towns was along the Florida coastline? New Smyrna Beach features Smyrna Inlet, the best spot for wave riders in the sunshine state and one of the best surfing locations along the east coast. You might have thought Daytona Beach or some other spot in Florida would have made the list vs New Smyrna Beach, but just ask the pros. They will tell you that Smyrna Inlet is where it’s at for sure. You might even meet some surfing stars traveling the east coast.

Malibu, CA

 Now it’s time to head to the west coast and the beautiful state of California. Can you guess the spot? It’s Malibu CA, or ‘The Blu’ as it is known by the surfing locals. You’re primarily headed to Surfrider Beach for the best spot, as well as both the Big & Little Dume. The culture of Malibu sets quite the scene, and believe it or not, the area has a small town feel. It’s not LA; instead, it’s a surfer’s paradise.

Paia, HI

 You knew Hawaii was going to be mentioned sooner than later. The next spot is Paia HI, which is nearby Honolulu. The best surfing spot in Paia is Ho’okipa, and by the way, the average water temperature there is a nice 76 degrees. Head on over to Maui’s north shore, and see why all the surfers say that Paia is a must visit spot for wave riding.

 

Haleiwa & Turtle Bay, HI

The next surf town is also in Hawaii. You are off to Haleiwa and Turtle Bay. One of the things you will realize about all the surfing spots mentioned is that they aren’t just the best surf towns in the U.S. but some of the best in the world. Haleiwa is a surfer’s paradise that is away from all the hustle and bustle. All the great surfers know about this place.

 

Santa Cruz, CA

For the last spot, you are headed back to California. What city is it going to be? It’s Santa Cruz, and you may have heard of Pleasure Point. You may also have heard of Steamer Lane and Wadell Creek. Those are the three major spots to hit in Santa Cruz for riding the waves. The water is a little colder there, but it’s still one of the best surfing spots in the country.

 

So what do you think about some of the best surf towns in the US? There are others, but these are definitely some of the favorites. Pick a spot from this list, and head off to catch some waves on vacation. At any one of the locations mentioned, you might just meet some professional surfers that you know!

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Four Ski Towns With an Unforgettable Aprés-Ski Scene

Four Ski Towns With an Unforgettable Aprés-Ski Scene

Four Ski Towns With an Unforgettable Aprés-Ski Scene

Just because spring skiing is almost over doesn’t mean that you still can’t hit the slopes, and you know what that means – aprés-ski season is far from over!

If you’re planning on heading to the mountain to close out the ski and board season, what better way to unwind after a long day on the slopes than by having fun nearby with the help of some locals and snow lovers alike. America is home to some of the finest aprés-ski towns on the planet and it’s time for you to take advantage!

Here’s a look at our top options according to skiing enthusiasts.

Killington, VT

 

Let’s start with one of the most expansive and fun-filled, aprés-ski towns in the U.S. right now – and an underrated one at that.

Killington is also referred to as the “Beast of the East” and for good reason. It starts with the unbelievable 1,200-acre resort and ends with unrelenting parties that go deep into the night because of the nearby university.

Students tend to come down to the mountains and have the time of their life as the sun sets. It can be quite the scene and it is one of the reasons Killington has become such a popular option for skiing enthusiasts.

You’re able to pop over to Wobbly Barn or the Pickle Barrel, which are the top bars in the area and tend to fill up quickly with skiers and locals alike. With the Pickle Barrel, you’re looking at a massive location that has a stage, multiple levels, and an abundance of space to work with while you party the night away. Some love to go over to Casey’s Caboose for a good ol’ round of buffalo wings, too.

Park City, UT

 

If you have been to or heard of Park City, you know that it is the quintessential ski town. With a variety of mountains including Park City, Deer Valley, and Alta all within a few miles of one another, and expert terrain at Snowbird just a few hours away, it comes as little surprise that this comes in at number two on our list.

As Main Street is bustling with aprés-skiers around after a day on the slopes, you’ll be sure to find everything you’re looking for here: great music, stiff drinks, and savory food.

To start our list on Main Street is No Name Saloon. Right in the center of town, this bar is known for being a favorite among both tourists and locals. If you catch Park City on an unseasonably warm or spring skiing day, be sure to check out the roof deck at No Name for mountain views with your bloody mary and BBQ wings. If you music is a must for your aprés adventures, look no further than Rock & Reilly’s, another Main Street staple.

If skiing straight into the bar is more your scene, head straight to High West Distillery. Conveniently located next to the Town Lift, High West Distillery is the only ski up bar in the world. Since this was the first legal distillery post-prohibition, be sure to check a whiskey and rye off your list here.

Rest assured, no matter where you end up in Park City, you are bound to have the aprés-ski of a lifetime!

Aspen, CO

 

Aspen has to be on the list because it’s one of the top aprés-ski towns on the planet.

This is a location that’s home to luxury, quality, and everything in-between. If you are someone that wants to mingle with celebrities, X-games stars, and other famous people, then you’re going to have the time of your life in this notorious ski town.

As you walk around, you’re going to noticed how packed it is with bars, restaurants, and various other locations catered to your needs. The options are aplenty and that’s why people love rushing over to Aspen as soon as possible.

While you’re going to be paying a premium to spend time in Aspen, it’s well worth it according to those who do come to visit on an annual basis. Some never want to leave!

 

Tahoe South, CA/NV

 

Ever wondered what it would feel like if a ski town became like Vegas? Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer!

Tahoe South is all of that and more, which is why it makes this list without a lot of trouble. Tahoe South is wonderful because it’s known for its big casinos, bars, and restaurants that are sprawled across the area. You’re able to enjoy over 4,800 acres of skiable terrain and that’s something most people want to lap up as soon as they arrive. Along with the terrain, you’re also going to fall in love with the wide array of lounges.

If you’re thinking about going to sleep then that’s not happening in Tahoe South. You will be too busy having the time of your life instead!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan that last minute ski trip before the 2018 season is over. We’ll have your drink ready at the bar.

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Surfing Tips for Beginners

Surfing Tips for Beginners

 Surfing Tips For Beginners

Have you ever wanted to start surfing? You’re in luck. It’s never too late in life, but it’s also never too early either! As long as you have someplace to actually do it, you should take advantage of this and explore your curiosity surrounding this potential passion. Surfing enjoys tremendous popularity, and for good reason. It’s a fun way to stay healthy and active, and you get to enjoy the great outdoors while doing it, taking in both sun and water. Having said that, you can’t just grab a board, hop into the water, and then start ripping it up with these surfing tips for beginners.

Keep reading to learn some of the best surfing tips for beginners that you should use so you can get going down the best possible path, hopefully paving the way to a lifelong pursuit of sun and fun!

Use A Soft-Topped Board

 

Are you familiar with Wavestorm surfboards? Did you know they’re the planet’s best-selling boards? They’ve earned that because they’re a ton of fun and they make a great entry-level option for beginners. If you’re new to surfing and still learning, it’s inevitable that your board will hit you. Don’t worry about it though. If it’s soft-topped, your body is going to have an easier time taking such abuse.

Surf A Place Without Many People Around

 

You’re probably eager to tackle your area’s most popular spots, but you need to consider that such spots are populated by frequent surfers that have likely been coming here for years for the best waves. It’s better to start off somewhere that isn’t so crowded. You’ll catch more waves, and consequently, you’ll improve at surfing far faster than you otherwise would.

Practice Pop Ups

 

You might look like a dork, but taking a few minutes when still on the beach to practice your pop up can pay off off handsome dividends. Dig little holes into the sand for your board’s fins to sit in to prevent them breaking off, and then lay your board into the sand on the surface. Once it’s in place, lay down on it yourself. The trick to standing up when on a wave is a fluid and fast pop up. Think about it like it’s a really quick yet controlled push up. Get the motion perfected on the beach and the muscle memory will come to you when in the actual surf.

Find A Sweet Spot In Paddling

 

You’re going to see other beginner surfers who are paddling too far back before doing a wheelie and then proceeding slowly. However, a number of beginners are prone to paddling too far up their boards, which makes their nose poke underwater. So, what you have to do is find a sweet spot near the middle. Once you do, mark it with some wax so you can keep paddling from that position.

Be Ready To Fall Flat

 

Face up to the fact that you are going to fall. When it happens, falling nice and flat is the best way to avoid injuring yourself. Never dive in headfirst when going off your board. Try flopping onto your back or side. Given the uneven nature of the seafloor, jumping off feet-first is also risky. When you break the surface after a fall, have your hands and arms over your head and in front of your face, since you never know when your board might come roaring back to you.

Enjoy Yourself!

 

This should be obvious, but it’s still the most critical piece of advice on this list. You’ll wipe out, a lot. You’ll also get in someone’s way a lot. You’ll also look like an idiot some of the time. Still, everyone did that when they started. Want to know who the best surfer in the water is? It’s the one that’s having more fun than anyone else! Don’t overthink it, and remember why you’re out on the water.

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