Surfing, A Way Of Life. Questions about surfing that you might have.

Surfing, A Way Of Life. Questions about surfing that you might have.

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What is Surfing?


Surfing is a world-known water sport that typically has the surfer riding on the face of a moving wave. Most beginners have a lot of questions about surfing, that’s why we have put together this question and answer article for you.


Here are some of the common questions beginners usually ask:


How did surfing start?


It is not exactly known how surfing began. However, it was first observed way back in 1767 by Europeans on a ship in Tahiti. According to research, surfing dates back to the ancient Polynesian cultures which existed a long time ago. 


Data collected as well as myths from that time say that the chief of a tribe was selected based on the man who could surf better than all the others. Maybe that rule was the first version of the WSL ;)


What does surfing teach you about life?


Surfing is one of the most mentally and physically challenging exercises you can embark on. But it sure comes with a lot of life lessons for you. 


For starters, surfing teaches you to believe in yourself and go all the way in. Surfing also teaches you to go for a good opportunity when you find it. 


It is one exercise that lets you know that you do not have to be the strongest to succeed, you just need to be determined and informed enough. It also teaches you to be committed to all your actions and push hard without giving up, even for the hard things.


Surfing teaches you to respect nature and appreciate joyful moments with friends. Surfers are generally mentally and physically healthy individuals. Promoting a clean environment is aligned with the surfing development, therefore it has intrinsic value to the practitioners. 



Are surfing lessons, in general, worth it?


Surfers who are looking to take it to the next level might decide to attend surfing lessons. It's definitely not enough to watch YouTube videos and become a surfer day-to-night. 


Millions of people die every year from drowning because they do not take in-depth surfing understanding before embarking on the wave hunt. We would argue that it is important to take surfing lessons to ensure that you know the drills and know how to stay safe on the water.


Still, most of us learn surfing from peers. Knowing how to swim, having friends that care for you around you, choosing an appropriate location to surf, having a safe gear to count on, these are elements you probably want to set up before jumping in the line-up.


Some people are fortunate enough to live near beginner-friendly 

wave spot, others need to travel to reach an appropriate location. Not a problem, we believe traveling is an essential part of the surf adventure.


Regardless of your current situation, avoid simply picking up a board and jumping in the water out-of-advice. It doesn't mean you should have to pay-to-learn and hire an instructor (some people simply need someone else's support to anything anyway), but at least connect with someone who already knows the drill, the spots, and you should be good to go.




Are surfing and snowboarding similar?


Yes, surfing and snowboarding are quite similar actually. Both surfing and snowboarding call for a lot of balance, skill, and control to achieve the movements required. 


Both surfers and snowboarders also need to use the rails of the boards to make turns. However, while surfing starts with you facing down and getting up eventually, snowboarding has you already standing up from the go.


Surfers and snowboarders also share a lot of common interests. From music to movies, both communities overlap in preference profiles. There is a very high likelihood that a surfer will be able to perform ok in the snow based on the balance skills and board interactions. The same for skateboarders. 


Snowboarders are usually interested in skateboard and surfing as well. What really glues it all together is the passion for action sports. 


Are surfing injuries common?


It is quite common to experience injuries during surfing. Surfers do sustain injuries to their heads, faces, legs, backs, arms, and shoulders. 


These injuries are often caused when they slip off their board or collide against another person's board. But they are normally treatable as well as preventable.


How are surfing competitions scored?


Victory in surfing is decided by a panel of about five judges who dissect the surfers' performances. In other to move onto the next round, surfers need to pass several levels called heat. 


Each heat consists of 2 to 4 surfers at the same time. Heat times normally vary between 20 and 35 minutes, during this time they are expected to catch the best waves possible. 


Each wave they catch is scored on a scale of one to ten, with two decimal places. And, only two of their highest-scoring waves are counted. 


For each ride, the highest and lowest scores given by the five judges are discounted, and the surfer is awarded the average of the other three scores. The number of waves that can be ridden is unlimited. It is a perfect heat when a surfer achieves a total score of 20 points.


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Where are surfing competitions held?


Surfing competitions are held in several places across the world including Billabong Pro Teahupoo at Taiarapu, The Bells Beach Surf Classic at Bells Beach, Victoria, Tahiti. The Red Bull Big Wave Africa at Cape Town, Pipe Masters at the Banzai Pipeline, Oahu Surfest at Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Western Cape, South Africa, East Coast Surfing Championships at Virginia Beach, Virginia among other places.



Why are surfing wetsuits black?


The color of a surfing wetsuit is usually black for more than just aesthetic reasons. Apart from the fact that black wetsuits are cheaper and that it provides UV resistance, black wetsuits keep you warmer. They also help you withstand long exposure to the elements.


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Can surfing burn calories?


Contrary to what anyone might expect, surfing may not help you burn a lot of calories. But a riding session will give you a full-body workout which will greatly improve your physique.


Can surfing help you lose weight?


Surfing can help you lose weight and stay fit. Apart from the fact that it helps you to burn fat, it also encourages a lifestyle that depends on rich diets increasing water drinking and your intake of proteins. It also helps to reduce fats, carbs, and sugar.


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Can surfing build muscle?


With surfing, you do not have to carry weights. This is a functional exercise that requires you to adjust to each wave. This means that you're constantly using different muscles especially those of your hips, stomach, and lower back. This helps build your muscles.


Can surfing cause brain damage?


Yes. Surfing has the potential to cause brain damage. Surfing accounts for well over 10% of the two million brain injuries reported in the United States each year. It is not unheard of for surfing to cause severe injuries which may affect the brain disastrously.


Can surfing cause chest pain?


Surfing has been known to cause blunt chest injuries. These injuries would of course, naturally lead to pains.


Also, surfing is an aerobic exercise that causes the interaction of muscle groups in your body. The natural result of this interaction is weight loss. Even though this exercise will make you gain muscle mass, it will help you get rid of excess fat keeping your weight in check.



Can surfing kill you?


Strong currents have the potential to slam a big wave surfer onto the ocean floor or reef. This can cause very serious injuries and, in some cases, even death. However, preventive measures are more available now than ever before.


Why is surfing so hard?


Probably the one thing that makes surfing so hard is the fact that you have to contend with waves. You would need to learn to achieve solid balance and gain great control as the board moves at a high speed.


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So what? What's next in my surfing journey?


So here are the main takeaways from this. First, yes there are risks involved, being the biggest one falling in love with the experience.

Make sure you seek support, find a friend or family soul who is knowledgeable about the ocean and surfing to take you out and learn about the sport. 


If you don't know anyone who surfs, then you might want to join a group or surf class to learn more. Most of the people don't take surf lessons, but you can.


There are plenty of resources for learning and improving your skills for free online. But nothing replaces you actually going out for a paddle. 

Learning how to surf can be a tough experience for some, but the rewards are priceless.


Make sure you have the appropriate gear, find a nice surf spot near you, invite a friend to join, and have some fun. 


We will post more about action sports and would love to connect with you to send you the news. Make sure to connect with us 


Now go, catch some waves and help others to surf too!


Much Love!

Team Zevn

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