There are many types of surfing, modalities that have advanced and created new ways of surfing. Do you know them? Which one do you practice?
From Las Dunas Surf Resort we have compiled a list of the various types of surfing that exist today. Some more curious than others, others more risky, but all with the same root: the classic surf.
Types of surfing: Various modalities
In 1st place it is necessary to remember that surfing was reborn in Hawaii during the 20th century. All this allowed a revitalization of the sport, thus achieving the development of a wide diversity of maneuvers and styles.
All this created by amateurs, being Duke Kahanamoku who took it to Australia, the United States and Europe.
1. Surf Base:
It is the root of all the sport practice, from which all the others derive. Consists of paddling, standing up and performing maneuvers while the board slides over the waves. It is classified into 3 categories: Shortboard, FunBoard and Longboard.
This first category includes boards from 1.5mts to 2mts in length. These measures allow for greater maneuverability, although they are less fast.
These are the boards suitable to start surfing, they have the perfect measurements for beginners: from 1.8mts to 2.4mts in length. Its benefits range from ease of maneuvering, good speed and stability.
These are the largest boards, from 2.4mts to 3.6mts. Their benefits range from greater maneuvers, being able to walk on them, greater sliding in waves and good speed.
This second form combines a rig or sail with a board similar to a surfboard. The sail is articulated on a mast, which implies an important rotation and direction. Its design allows for great pirouettes and maneuvers.
Windsurfing is not recommended for beginners; it requires previous knowledge about wind changes, handling of the environment, and techniques.
3. Kite Surfing:
This modality takes advantage of the wind forces through the use of a traction kite, which is attached to the body by means of a harness. This will move you on the board on the water, even with little swell. Its attractions lie in the possibility of making jumps, turns and pirouettes in the air.
4. Paddle Surf or SUP (Stand Up Paddle):
We have a whole post dedicated to Paddle Surf. Known by the Hawaiians as Ho e’ he Nalu. It is a relatively modern style of surfing. Its main feature is to stand on a special board and glide over the water with the help of a paddle.
In this first part we talked about 4 types of surfing, all of them are excellent sporting opportunities, fun activities that you can do with friends or family.
If you are looking to learn more about this and surfing in general, you should come visit us and participate in one of our amazing Surf & Yoga Retreats. We are located on the amazing beach of Aposentillo, Nicaragua. One of the best Central American destinations to enjoy great surfing.
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