Things have got a bit soulful at Innocent Surf School since Andrew Seiffert left us a Sam Cooke album for the pool lounge playlist.
Both the music and the surfers spanned a few decades this week from grommets Oliver, Sofia, Ian and Conrad, to veteran surf moms Kl, Lisa and Greta (who gets that awesome right hander just as Stevie Wonder kicks in on the YouTube video). It was Paul and Beez who were leading the charge though with a relatively quiet dignity as the frothing grommets attacked the world bombing record in the swimming pool.
Gabbie came round to teach everyone to Salsa dance on the last night but when she asked us to clap to keep time, we quickly descended into a chorus of the Fresh Prince of Bell Air theme tune. Thanks for an awesome week to everyone involved and we promise to keep serving our surfing with a selection of soul.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Big Whiteboard Wednesday. I hope you’ll forgive me we’ve been really busy at the surf resort as you may have seen. Thanks to everyone who has emailed us about the Big Whiteboard Wednesday podcasts and blogs. It’s so awesome to know that people really enjoy them and so cool to be getting emails from every corner of the globe about them too.
So this week we’re talking about the best techniques and tactics to use when you start paddling out the back. It’s all about how to battle through the merciless walls of white water. We’re not covering duck diving in this episode, this is aimed at surfers who are paddling out on bigger boards. Gem and I jumped in the pool at the Innocent Resort with the GoPro camera (which we’ve started using a lot for coaching with too) to get all the footage we needed for this episode. So we both hope you enjoy it and find it helpful.
All the Innocent team are playing Fantasy surfer this year at www.fantasysurfer.com. It’s free and a fun way to get into all the contests this year, especially now that you can watch them all online anyway. We’ve even set up a Innocent Surf School Club House at www.fantasysurfer.com. So you can join to play against us or other innocent surfers. The Innocent Surf School Club also scores get combined so we are playing against other clubs.
Taj Burrow won the first event of the season last month at Snapper Rocks, on the Gold Coast of Australia, so there are 9 events left on the World Championship Tour. Trading closes during each event so there only a little over 24 hours left to pick your Fantasy Surfer team before event number 2 at Bells Beach starts.
This week we had four very different but equally amazing characters staying at Innocent Surf School. They have all achieved incredible things personally and professionally and they brought that same focused dedication to the time they spent with us in the water. These guys really demonstrated that the more you put in to something the more you get out of it. Hats off to you fellas …it was an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to coach you.
Today we saw some of the biggest, cleanest waves, I’ve ever seen here in Nosara.
It’s so cool living in Costa Rica because you get to see these big low pressure systems build in the north or south Pacific. The north swells hit Hawaii first and the south swells hit Tahiti, a few days later we get a smaller cleaner incarnation of the same swell rolling in here at Playa Guiones.
Last week we got pretty excited when we saw this bad boy thundering through the south pacific. It’s pretty amazing to see that this low pressure system (the big purple blob at the bottom) is almost as big as Australia.
The monstrous swell caused by the high winds blowing over hundreds of miles of ocean, slammed into the shallow reef at Teahupoo (in Tahiti), which is regarded as one of the heaviest surf spots in the world (more about what went down at Teahupoo last week). The usual suspects were out there getting towed into some insane waves, and sure enough a few days later Playa Guiones lit up. The huge waves were groomed to perfection by the off shore trade winds blowing up the face. Al ended up swimming in with his tail between his legs when his leash snapped and Ru reckoned his twenty minute paddle out through the merciless lines of white water was one of the hardest paddles of his life but everyone got some sick waves and it has been pretty sweet!
(Photo courtesy of Surfing Nosara.)