LEVEL TWO - ASSUMED SKILLS
WAXING UP - LEASH STRINGS - LEG ROPE - FINS - SUNSCREEN
Surfers are notorious for taking taking their KNOWLEDGE and experience gained over a number of years for granted, often assuming that those new to the sport should already know a variety of skills.
Wax is essential! Without wax, fibreglass surfboards are a slippery nightmare.
almost all surfers have their favourite brands of wax and personal techniques for applying it, so the SVPD recommend experimenting to find your own magic approach.
To prevent your foot slipping or sliding, wax provides;
a sticky or tacky surface.
a textured surface.
The SVPD recommends waxing up each and every session. If you don’t have wax you can always use a wax comb, or even a shell or rock to provide some texture to your existing wax job.
LEASH STRINGS / RAIL SAVERS
modern surfboards have leg rope plugs, allowing for a ‘leggie string’ to be inserted, which the leg rope is then attached to.
Before tieing a knot in the string, careful attention needs to be made to ensure that the string is the correct length.
Too short - you won’t be able to attach the leg rope.
Too long - the string will overhang the tail of the surfboard.
it is very common for the string to pull through the tail of a board, causing severe damage.
Just righT - the leg rope can be attached, with the leg rope’s ‘rail saver’ section overhanging the tail of the board.
A knot needs to be tied into a leggie string.
Then Insert THE Leggie String into the leggie plug and Attach the leg rope.
Putting on a leg rope
A leg rope is to be attached to your back leg (when standing in a surf stance).
The key consideration for affixing a leg rope is that the leash is pointing to the outside of your stance, ensuring it won’t become a trip hazard when taking off, or get caught wrapped around your toes and ankle.
Since the invention of leg ropes, surfers have bickered over whether it should go over or under the leg of a wetsuit. This is all based on personal preference!
Modern surfboards often have removable fin systems, these allow a surfer to change their fin setup, completely changing the performance of a surfboard.
The main removable Fin systems on the market are;
Insert the rear of the fin into the box first, then the front. Futures use a single fin screw to lock the fin into the box.
Insert the Leading edge of the fin into the box first, then apply strong downward pressure on the rear of the fin to have it ‘lock’ into place. an extra layer of security from the fin being knocked out can be gained by inserting a grub screw.
This twin tab system requires a simple insertion of the fin into the boxes. Two screws then secure the fin into place.
LONGBOARD / single fiN BOX.
there are several variations in this space. The most common requires the front of the fin to be inserted into the centre of the box, then slid forward. The small plate inside the box needs to be adjusted and aligned with the hole in the rear of the fin. Finally, a single screw is inserted through the fin and into the plate, securing the fin in the box.
TAIL PAD APPLICATION
A tail pad is attached at the rear of a board. the svpd strongly recommend placing the pad as far towards the tail as reasonably possible.
it is important to remember that the turning circle of a board is directly related to the positioning of the back foot.
extended exposure to the sun is an unfortunate and unavoidable aspect of being a surfer.
SURF BETTER NOW RECOMMEND;
COVER UP! the less exposed skin the better, Wear Wetsuits, board shorts and rash vests as much as possible.
apply and re-apply sunscreen. one application of sunscreen doesn’t last all day, so don’t get caught out not re-applying.
zinc is your face’s friend. Load up. Function is more important than fashion.
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