Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have your board glide down the side of a maverick in Maverick Bay? The feel of the water jetting out from under your board, and as you go in the barrel of the wave you feel the light splash of water gently pelt your face. Surfing is not as easy as many pros make it look. You have to learn the fundamentals of the sport to become successful, but before that you need the right equipment. Also surfing is one of the largest sports along any coast with many competitions participate in. In these competition a surfer can win several thousand dollars for winning in a surfing competition.
The equipment of most modern surfboards are made of plastic foam core that is shaped my hand or machine and then covered with a shell of fiberglass and resin. Surfboards can vary in dimensions. High performance boards used by professional surfers are usually six to 6.5 feet long, 18.5 inches wide less than 2.5 inches thick, and weigh about 6 lbs. These boards are also known as shortboards. On the other hand there are longboards. Most longboards are 9 feet long, 20 to 22 inches wide, and about the same thockness as shortboards. They weigh less than 15 lbs. The bottom of the board has from one to five fins near the tail, although the three-fin, or thruster, design is standard. These fins provide the board with directional stability and add to performance by providing more power and forward drive. Either board can be used in pro or recreational surfing, the shortboard for speed and aerial maneuvers.
The fundamentals are probably the hardest thing to learn. A person will have to practice them often to gain the abilities of them. The basic idea of surfing is to ride the unbroken part of the wave for as great distance as possible, using a variety of maneuvers to speed up, slow down, and maneuver around the breaking part of the wave. Pro surfers continue to ride until the entire wave has broken and become whitewater.
Competition can take place wherever waves are ridden, from Hawaii to artificial indoor wavepools. In competition, surfers are judged uses a point system based of the size of the wave ridden, distance ridden, and the maneuvers done by the surfer.
This is a brief overall discussion on the fundamentals, equipment, and competition for the sport of surfing.