Ten Pit Falls


TEN PIT FALLS TO AVOID ON YOUR WAY TO BEING A PRO.

* RIDING ONLY ONE DIRECTION

* NOT USING SUN PROTECTION

* BODYBOARDING BY YOURSELF

* NOT STRETCHING

* USING ONLY ONE BOARD DESIGN

* LEARNING TO NEGOTIATE

* GET A LAWYER

* THINK LONG TERM

* STRETCHING

* STRENGTH TRAINING

* ESTIMATING YOUR VALUE

WHEN I WAS BUILDING MY HOUSE, THE BEST BOOK I READ WAS TWENTY PIT FALLS TO AVOID.   IT GAVE ME AN INSIGHT OF PROBLEMS I WOULD COME ACROSS AS I EMBARK ON MY MISSION.   I WISH I HAD SUCH BOOK FOR EVERY PROJECT.  THE  INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE WILL ALSO HELP ANYONE WHO BODYBOARDS.

BODYBOARDING THE SAME SPOT EVERYDAY HAS ITS ADVANTAGES. YOU GET TO KNOW MOST OF THE CREW AND ALL THE DETAILS OF THE BREAK SUCH AS ... ROCKS, RIPS, WHAT WIND AND SWELL DIRECTION ARE BEST ETC...  BUT ONE THING I HAVE NOTICED IS PEOPLE THAT RIDE THE SAME WAVE ALL THE TIME HAVE A HARD TIME ADAPTING TO NEW SPOTS.  THIS CAN BE A REAL PROBLEM IF YOU PLAN ON COMPETING BECAUSE AS  A TRAVELING COMPETITOR YOU WILL BE RIDING LOTS OF NEW SPOTS AND YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO LEARN THE NUANCES OF A NEW SPOT.  BODYBOARDING DIFFERENT SPOTS REGULARLY YOU WILL BE FORCED TO ADAPT TO THE WAVE. THIS WILL GIVE AN ADVANTAGE  BECAUSE  YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ADAPT MUCH FASTER TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT WHEN YOU TRAVEL.   ANOTHER  PROBLEM OF RIDING THE SAME WAVE A LOT IS YOU MAY FAVOR ONE DIRECTION.  I KNOW SOME TOP PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE A HARD TIME DOING CERTAIN MANEUVERS GOING LEFT OR RIGHT BECAUSE THEY GREW UP RIDING MOSTLY ONE DIRECTION.

BODYBOARDING ALONE FOR ME IS A TIME I CAN EXPERIMENT WITHOUT PEER PRESSURE AND ENJOY MYSELF, BUT FOR  THOSE THAT WANT TO LEARN NEW MOVES AND PRACTICE IN A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT IT’S BEST TO SURF WITH PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOURSELF.  WHEN I STARTED TRAVELING  AROUND THE WORLD IN 1986 THERE WERE NOT MANY BODYBOARDERS AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MANY YEARS UNTIL THE REST OF THE WORLD WOULD CATCH UP WITH THE HAWAIIAN RIDERS BECAUSE  NO ONE COULD WATCH AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.   BUT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIDEOS HELPED PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT EXPOSED TO  THE TOP RIDERS LEARN THE NEW MOVES.  TO IMPROVE YOUR BODYBOARDING YOU MUST EXPOSE YOURSELF TO RIDERS THAT ARE BETTER THAN YOU EITHER WITH VIDEOS OR FREE SURF.