Surfing up Close
Surfing is a one of the most thrilling water sports in the world. Developed as a central part of the culture and history of Polynesia, the culture required the chief of the community to have skill and prowess while riding the best board made from the best tree.
Surfers ride the swells created in the waters when a consistent wind blows over them. As the waves break, surfers ride the wave to the shore and can pick up speed rapidly.
A few talented surfers can perform highly intricate jumps and landings even in the fierceness of waters. It takes a lot of practice, no fear of risk and dedication to become a good surfer.
Today surfing is enjoyed by thousands worldwide but in such places like California, Hawaii, Florida, surfing has become its own culture, surrounded by a way of life and attitude of daring.
There are several different terminologies invented by surfers to describe the various tricks and techniques involved. An example of a few include the Carve, which is a sharp turn and a Wipe-Out that means falling off the surfboard (usually with very little style!). A Snap on the other hand is a very quick turn in the water at the top of a wave.
You can see some of this daring up close and personal in this short video of the surfer who has captured the experience for all of us to see.
The video was taken on a GoPro helmet camera attached to the surfboard, which is fully waterproof to 30 metres. You can find out more about these cameras at www.goprocamera.com.
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