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"What a week! Who knew I'd like a water sport!? Surf Camp has been amazing and I made some great friends while I was there. Ramos, Beck and I teamed up and hit the front of the coach on the way there. Got the conversation going with a few of the others and made a few more friends before we got down to Seven Mile Beach, which is about two hours south of Sydney. When we arrived one of the instructors, Jord, gave us a run down of the week, the rules and what to expect. He tells us by Wednesday night we'll all be so tired we'll barely be able to lift a glass. We've jumped into a dorm with a few of the people we were talking to on the bus so there's no awkward first meetings while we are all getting ready for bed which is ace. There's a big group of people though, around 60, so it's a good mix of people from across the globe. Lesson one we covered the basics, getting on the board and pushing up into a push-up position. Nailed a couple of waves back to shore doing that. Our second lesson taught us how to get to our knees and things started to get a little more tricky balance wise. It s tiring, especially carrying the boards around and getting back out into the water, but it's exhilarating when you catch a wave! During lesson three we were finally taught how to pop up and try to stand. Here's where things get difficult. You have to be roughly central on the board, maybe slightly towards the back and getting your back foot up under you so you can push up and stand smoothly is difficult when you aren't very bendy! Or have a bit of a gut.... But, I still managed to nail one wave! What a rush! Granted I only stayed stood up for a few seconds, but man I was pleased!! After that it was just practise, practise, practise! I did start getting better at standing up but I fell off loads... And then, on Thursday, we did what you can only do in Australia for Christmas Day. Spend it on the beach! We had fantastic weather for the morning and we built a Sandman in place of a Snowman. It rained during the afternoon but we had a proper Christmas dinner washed down with goon and beers. Not everyone surfed the next morning unsurprisingly. I got up and get it one last bash, it really is an excellent hang over cure. Although, I was tired beyond belief when we got back to Sydney. But, this time I'm staying with Beau and don't have to worry about noisy roommates! Just a bloody cat." december surf camp 3

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The Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch is like no other in the lineup. It is the best technology we have seen come out surf watches. Sync your data to the Rip Curl Search App or Website to re-live your surf with location maps, image sharing and graphic charts which showcase your session. A1111_BLACK_1 Features including:
  • Top Speed and distance records
  • Wave count
  • Track every wave with assisted GPS
  • 10 hours GPS surf time
  • Sync your surf to the cloud
  • One touch auto-set with 1,360 tide locations
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  • Cost: $389.


The Raglan Tidemaster Titanium features Rip Curl's famous Automatic Tide System. The solid titanium construction means maximum durability at a very light weight. Meticulous dial detail displays tide height and direction, moon phase, date, and seconds. The rugged custom screw down crown ensures 200M water resistance. 711A-HabFrL._UX342_
Features including:
  • Heat Bezel-A countdown timer on an analog watch.
  • Keeps track of time for anything from surf heats to the remaining time on a parking meter.
  • 200M water resistance.
  • Spring and Neap, Moonphase
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  • Cost: $475.


The new K55 - Tidemaster is the latest edition to Rip Curl's product line of tide watches and has all the necessary functionality as the original analog tide watch but re-designed with a stealthy fresh look to keep you low-profile when you're on The Search for the perfect wave. It features a high grade 316L marine grade stainless steel case to resist any rust or corrosion when exposed to a marine environment, scratch resistant mineral crystal lens. A1091_0090_1_zoom Features including:
  • 9 jeweled internal movement for precision accuracy
  • ATS tide function
  • spring/neap moon phase function
  • Water resistant up to 200 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.


Our best selling tide watch the Trestles now comes as a signature team rider edition called the Trestles Pro. The (Mick Fanning) Trestles Pro uses our World Tide technology and is packed with local knowledge for over 500 waves around the planet and each spot is pre-loaded with best tide, wind direction and swell size information to help you score the best surf. It has an , and comes with a silicone wrapped 44mm case and silicone strap for our most comfortable fit yet. A1100_0090_1_zoom
Features including:
  • internal digital compass
  • sunrise & sunset times
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • 5 year warranty
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  • Cost: $250.


"Lowdown II" by Nixon is stronger, smarter and more comfortable than ever before. Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide, countdown timer, day and date, wave counter, chronograph and light. A289-1781-NIXON-1 Features including:
  • Countdown timer
  • wave counter
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 270 beaches worldwide
  • 2 year warranty
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  • Cost: $179.


Time your surf sessions right and you don't even have to think. Dissolve your brain in saltwater. With the rhythm of the tide displayed in high-resolution detail, the Supertide syncs you up with the motion of the ocean so you know exactly when to go. Whether you're sitting in the line up at your local break or frothing in your car, stuck in traffic, one exit from the beach, you'll know what you need to know. Features including:
  • High-resolution detail
  • Custom Digital Module 
  • Pre-programmed with tide info for over 230 beaches worldwide
  • Water Resistant 100m
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  • Cost: $249.


The "Brig Tide & Train" is Vestal's surf watch including a digital tide graph that features current tide height and tracks the tide at over 200 beaches worldwide, for the next 20 years. It's worth the $155. The "ED01 - T NATO" by Electric is a simple surf watch with tide prediction, moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown/heat time, chronograph with 30 lap recall, and light functions. It can be yours for $90. The "Mariner Tide" is presented by Freestyle. It includes sunrise and sunset times to compliment its 150 beaches of pre-programmed tide data. The brand calls it "the perfect surf watch" and can be yours for $84.   

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Grading Criteria Surf-likeness - How close the trainer is to emulating the feel of surfing Multipurpose - The ability to use the trainer for other workout purposes Capabilities - Amount of trickability the trainer has Addictiveness - Our personal review of how much we like it   Indo Rocker Board indo-demo Price: $134.95 Best For: General balance training Available At:  The best aspect to the Indo Rocker Board is that it is a lot of fun.  It can even be ridden parallel with the roller if done so very carefully.  The motion on the Indo Rocker Board isn't exactly like surfing.  The fulcrum point offered by the roller isn't a move used too often by the average surfer while on a wave.  It is much closer to advanced lip hits and various aerial techniques.  For most surfers, the benefit will come from overall strength development.  The ability to make steady movements while remaining in control comes in handy in many of the situations surfing presents us with.   Surf-likeness -  ♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥ Capabilities - ♥♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥♥   Resistance Bands Price: $34.00 Best For: Strengthening your surfing techniques Available At: maxresdefault Paddling against resistance using a resistance band is another great way to improve your upper body endurance. Try and use a fairly light resistance and if you have a swiss ball that will make a great surfboard alternative to lie on. The great thing about band paddling is that you can do it at home without getting wet, so there are no excuses! Surf-likeness -  ♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥ Capabilities - Addictiveness-♥♥♥   SmoothStar Skateboards surf-skate-intermediate-level Price: $320.00 Best For: Practicing new ticks and cutbacks Available At: Well we think we have stumbled on to the next best thing to riding waves!! It comes in the form of a skateboard that is purely designed for a “cross training” tool for surfers to tune up their skills out of the water…. but better yet they are stacks of fun in their own right. We have just taken delivery of the new Smoothstar “Cruiser” model and its super impressive!! Surf-likeness -  ♥♥♥♥♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥ Capabilities♥♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥♥♥     TRX   CoachToddCostaRica Price: $195.00 Best For: Strengthening your surfing techniques Available At: Suspension training on the TRX has heaps of benefits. It builds superior muscular balance, joint stability, mobility, and core strength helping you perform better in any sport. It also helps improve posture and prevent injuries. Because the TRX weighs less than 2 lbs, sets up in under a minute, and stores in a small bag, you can use it just about anywhere. We've used it at the beach, in the garage and even hooked it to the top of our truck to warm up before a surf session. Surf-likeness -  ♥ Multipurpose - ♥♥♥♥♥ Capabilities♥♥ Addictiveness-♥♥♥    

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