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LONGBOARDER S START UP: Guide to Longboard Surfing (Start-Up Sports) Paperback – 1 Aug 1996
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"Start-Up Sports tackles the hottest sports. These inexpensive titles are forthright and simple, with good illustrations and social pointers." --"Library Journal"
Start-Up Sports tackles the hottest sports. These inexpensive titles are forthright and simple, with good illustrations and social pointers. "Library Journal"
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Design innovations and a new appreciation for the grace and poise of surfing a longer board has lifted the art of longboarding back into the limelight and, more importantly, back into the minds of serious surfers who are looking to expand their wave riding experience. In the first half, Longboarder's Start-Up covers the basics of longboard equipment, wave selection, courtesy, and surfing technique through standing up. The second part gets into intermediate and advanced longboarding skills including: cross-stepping and trimming, turning maneuvers, essential noseriding and, finally, some of the breathtaking tricks that the pros execute so flawlessly. The key points are brought home with a stripped down text and photos featuring some of the best longboard surfers on earth, including Ted Robinson, Colin McPhillips, Jeff Kramer and Mark Stewart.See all Product description
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His approach is 'hands-on' -- gives the basic method for a procedure, and often, an alternate or two -- then reminds you to **try** it. Surfing is a 'learn by doing' sort of thing. I like this approach, it gets you out in the water.
Cheerfully practical, he agrees that some of the suggested exercises or practice routines may make you look dorky--to start with. Often the alternative is to go get pounded by waves or glared at by other surfers. He is also the author that convinced me that I'd do well do work on improving my fitness level. Once done with instruction on the beach, you'll have an educational experience: muscles you didn't know you had will prove they exist, and they'll do so emphatically and all at once.
One of the most useful things to me (and perhaps to other beginners who haven't watched the surf or surfing) is the set of photographs and descriptions of waves. Another was how to figure out which foot I should use forward--a very fast and decisive method.
Werner addresses both raw beginners and those who already surf shortboards. It may just be easier to be a total novice! The shortboarders have things to un-learn, or at least set aside for a while, and are reminded of some basic differences in the physics of surfing and realities of the longboard. Such as nose-riding involves actually moving your feet forward (cross stepping), and turning means setting one foot far enough back (further than that!) to release the rail for the turn (not just a quick twist or shift in weight).
He remembers and uses his own experience in adding longboard skills to his shortboard skills, to let the raw beginner get a look at a surfer dude looking 'dorky.' Remembering those things help when paddling around on a flat pond to get the feel of your relationship to the board.
A note for others in the 50-Dead crowd: The typeface is large enough so I can read this without glasses. A good bring-along book if you want a reminder that, 'Yes, Virginia, you Can Duck Dive your Longboard.' (Slice & Duck)
Let's go surfing!
This book really is a guide. That's it.
It is very straight forward and I got the feeling like it was handed out with every Stewart surfboard rental or purchase.
It covers the basics and it does it well.
I would recommend it for someone just getting into or thinking of getting into surfing. It's also a good refresher for those of us that have been surfing for awhile.
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