Welcome to surfing. The objective of the game is to row the boat, turn into the waves, and ride the waves back to shore. The first boat to return to the beach wins. Simple, isn’t it? In fact, it’s nothing.
First, a quick history lesson. Before the advent of compact internal combustion engines, surf lifesavers would sail across the waves in long wooden boats to rescue stranded swimmers. As with all surf rescue techniques, lifesavers practiced rescues and competed against each other to hone their skills.
The first surfboard race was held at Manly Beach in 1908. Now it can be traced back to the present day, when rescues are performed using powerful outboard motors mounted on his inflatable craft, but the subtle art of rowing his head on the boat first began eight feet. swell stuck.
Where did this madness come from?
Gary has been with the club for so long that our newest boat is named the Gary Allman (The Gaz) in his honor. Surfhis crafts are often named after outstanding members of the club, but that honor is rarely given to living clubhis members.
“cracking [catching] Big waves can be a lot of fun, but the best thing about joining a rowing crew is that they become your family,” says Gary. “I met her wife through the club and I am proud to call them all. [from the boat crews] fellow. You come to trust everyone on the boat. surely! “
What kind of mania will participate?
A crew consists of 5 members, 4 rowers and 1 sweep. Sweeps are steered by standing behind the boat and using long oars. The remaining four of her crew each have her one oar. Their job is to carry the hull through the swell.
The rowing technique is nearly identical to its surfboard cousins seen at the Olympics. The basics are the same. Power with your legs and finesse with your arms and back. But rather than competing in calm, flat waters, Beauty opts for swells, chops and pure adrenaline.
The only way to join a surfboat crew is to join a surf club and become an active member of the club first. It means implementing. Check these boxes and you can start training.
The race starts at the beach’s edge. As gunshots ring out, the crew jumps into the boat and begins madly scrambling through the waves. If all goes according to plan, the boat will power through the waves and swells. In practice, many crew members may mistime their runs or be beaten by the sea, flipped over by waves, or carried backwards. This is known as backshooting.
After clearing the wave, the crew settles into a relatively gentle steady rhythm until they reach the rotating buoy. Each boat has its own buoy. There is enough carnage in this sport without all boats trying to turn on the same point.
From there it’s a race straight back to the beach. The easiest way to do that is to ride a wave. The first boat to cross the line back wins.
What does it take to win?
Breaking (catching) waves is a true art of sport. You can assemble the strongest crew of former Olympians, but if they can’t catch the wave, they won’t win the competition.
Like surfing, the crew must paddle the waves until the force of the swell propels the ship. In that case it is essential to keep the oars out of the water and keep the boat balanced. If the waves are large or if they are suddenly caught, the crew may be asked to come back. is lifted so that the weight rests on the feet of the rear sweep. A perfectly executed comeback looks like organized chaos.
What happened to the glutton!?
One of the quirkier parts of surf boat rowing is the fashionably dubious but functional need to “wedge up” before a race. A wedge-up involves putting on a wedge (hence the name) and pulling the swimmer between the buttocks so that the skin is exposed. If the seat is too dry or if you try to do so through your clothing, you can get quite painful chafing burns in very painful areas. No photo provided.