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BACKHAND --> BACK-SIDE
BEACHBREAK: Waves breaking on a sandy bottom. Advantages: friendly for beginners, low risk of injury when touching the bottom. Disadvantages: Can be difficult to reach the PEAK, the sandy bottom can change over time and thus the quality of the waves
BODYSURFING: Surfing waves off the board only with the body. Requires good fiscal shape. It's a good chance to prepare for learning to surf. Many bodysurfers use fins and some also have a planchette that is carried in one hand.
CHANNELS: Channels in the bottom of the board to increase buoyancy to float and turn the board better (--> CONCAVE).
CHOPPY: Small waves among the waves and the wall of the wave, caused by local wind. The opposite is called GLASSY which is the best for surfing.
RATE ("Coeficiente" in Spanish tide tables): A value between 25 and 115 which is related to the height of the tide. A ratio of 25 indicates a small difference between LOW TIDE and as a coefficient HIGH TIDE of 115 indicates a high difference, ie if we have a ratio of 115 with LOW TIDE it rises more than normal
CUT BACK: Curved path to return to the CURL to return to the vertical part of the wave.
DECK: The top of a surfboard.
DUCK DIVE: Technique to pass a wave that looks like a duck diving. Very efficient but requires good coordination and good balance. Technique which Advanced surfers use ideal with types of boards such as "SHORTBOARD".
FEET: --> MEASURES
FISH: Type of board that was fashionable in the 70's and came back into in the late 90's. A FISH is wider, shorter and rounder than a SHORTBOARD. Can be rotated easily in small waves
FOOT: --> MEASURES
FOREHAND --> FRONT-SIDE
GLASSY: Good conditions for surfing without wind: Surface water of the waves and the wall is smooth. The opposite is called CHOPPY.
HANG FIVE: Surfing with a foot at the tip of a LONGBOARD and 5 of your toes hanging over the edge.
HANG TEN: Surfing with both your feet at the tip of a LONGBOARD and all 10 of your toes hanging over the edge.
INCH --> MEASURES
KNEE BOARD: Surfing kneeling down on a special board shorter than a surfboard. Fins are worn on KNEE BOARDS.
LONGBOARD: Board length between 8 and 10 FEET with a rounded tip.
MALIBU: Type of LONGBOARD that has been developed in the 50's on the beach of Malibu.
MEASURES: For surfboards we commonly use the English measurement "FOOT" (abbreviation: ') and INCH (abbreviation:''). A foot corresponds to 30.5 cm and an inch to 2.54 cm. One foot is 12 inches, it is not a decimal system.
NORMAL FOOT --> NATURAL FOOT
OFF SHORE: Wind from the direction of the land that makes the waves break faster and more hollow. Good conditions for surfing. (Otherwise --> ON SHORE)
OFF THE LIP --> REENTRY
POINTBREAK: Waves breaking along one end of the side edge of a bay. Advantages: long waves and constant, it is easy to reach the PEAK. Disadvantages: Many POINTBREAKs have a rocky bottom and therefore a higher risk of injury
QUALIFICATION OF A SURF INSTRUCTOR: Surfing has become very fashionable. So there are every day more and more surfers that are opening surf schools and claim to be teachers without the right qualifications or sometimes without any qualifications. There are also surf schools whose directors are qualified surf instructors but the monitors working for them have no qualifications. Is advisable to check, before signing up, that all courses are taught by a teacher with a degree approved by the "European Surfing Federation (ESF). And also if the monitors have a DEGREE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT SCIENCE, even better ...
REAFBREAK: Waves breaking on a rocky or coral bottom. Advantages: fast waves, hollow and constant, it is easy to reach the PEAK. Disadvantages: Increased risk of injury once under water, suitable only for experts
REGULAR FOOT --> NATURAL FOOT
SET: A group of waves higher than on a regular basis. Within hours the number of waves in a SET and the time between two SETs are more or less constant, within a longer period can vary considerably.
SPOT: --> PEAK
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