19 January, 2021
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A reasonable doubt that can be presented to anyone interested in a surfcamp is to know what material each school has. In Calima Surf the offer is quite wide because we have copies of almost all models of surfboards. The choice is left to the instructor who, depending on the qualities and level of each student, will give them their own on the first day of class.
Here we describe roughly the characteristics of each board:
The perfect board for beginners, it has a lot of stability and buoyancy. Standing up is quite simple because even an elephant would do it. Joking aside, it’s the ideal option if it’s your first time in the water and you have to baptize yourself in this foam surfing. They are made of cork to avoid a possible impact with another partner or a third party.
Evolutionary is the second natural step. Once you’ve mastered standing up on the softboard, it’s normal to move on to the Evolutionary. There are some students who manage to make the jump already in the second week of surfing. Important fact: you should not believe Kelly Slater at this point because your surf is still very green and with this board you can hurt someone. They are perfect for getting ready for a shortboard.
One of the first types of board to be used. Ideal for small waves. This board has its own style, a great repertoire and fun surfing tricks (walk on the board and get on the tip, walk backwards). With a high level you can surf big waves with a longboard.
We are still talking about tables and not geography. The Malibu, which owes its name to the city of California, is another type of board that is very successful in surf camps. It is similar in size to the longboard and is very practical for beginners, although on days with small waves even the most experienced surfers use it for bathing.
Shortboarding is to surf what Sergi Roberto (FC Barcelona) is to football. It is the most versatile board of all because it adapts to all types of waves with ease, like Roberto to every position on the field, as long as we have some level. It allows us to manoeuvre with a certain degree of comfort without losing speed when facing the wall of a wave.
It is a short and thick surfboard, similar to the Fish. It can have from one to four fins. Perfect for small and medium waves with little force, in big baths and hollow waves it has nothing to do.
It draws attention to its tail, which is known within the guild as the swallow’s tail. It is mainly used in poor quality waves because being wide it offers more play, possibility of turns and speed. On the other hand, it loses reliability as the size of the wave increases.
Its only purpose is to surf big waves. These are natural phenomena that arise from time to time in specific points of the planet such as Pipeline (Hawaii) or Nazaré (Portugal). It allows us to reach high speeds to make great progress in the shortest time possible.
The Tow-in were designed, like the Gun, to ride giant waves with the singularity that they are prepared to be propelled by a jet ski and obtain an extra speed that we would never achieve by paddling. They have foot pegs to keep your balance at all times, as the slightest sway in this type of adventure can send you to the bottom of the sea and the chances of getting out alive will be in the hands of nature.
Stand Up Paddle
A modality more and more in fashion to the point of becoming an independent activity in Calima Surf. An oar helps us to sail the seas as if we were the Chanquete itself. The SUP is very useful to find our centre of gravity and gain balance when we get on a board with less stability.