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Boards for Newbie

Just like you never forget your first kiss, surfers never forget their first board.

But, before choosing, remember that your first board should fulfill these features: be used and be big.

That’s because you are going to abuse it. So buy what is already scratched and dinged up. And look for 9′ boards. It will be easier for you to drop in and paddle.

But if you want to buy a new one, just read below our top 4 entry level selection.

The Wavestorm line:

surfboard wavestorm

you can get a new one from 180$. Just remember to choose the 8′ size. Ready to deal with user up to 195 lbs. Are you worry about the low cost? …Forget it! The board’s got a EPS core and an HDPE bottom skin that flies through the waves.

Boardworks Nurf:

Boardworks Nurf surfboard

as the Wavestorms, grab the 8′ model. They cost, for a new one, a little more, starting from 280$. But it’s common opinion you’ll experience a little more true surfing. When you begin it’s very easy to hit your bottom and your kness. This can be very demotivating. So, what about a soft foam top to start with? Ok, they are not the most amazing boards of the beach…

Bicsport Dura-Tec Wahine:

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with a price starting from 350$ you can get a great board. Just remember these are not soft board. If you hit it you’ll feel it. What’s inside? A polyethylene shell that you’ll forget to repair. Ready for a great wipeout?

Modern Blackfish:

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yes, with a price starting from 475$ it’s expensive for an entry level. But keep in mind they are built for speed. And for control. It requires more practice than the previous ones to get the best from this board but it worth it. Easy padding and a lot of stability even on bigger waves. Size from 6′ to 7’4″.

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Dawns at Ezzi Mannu

Ezzi Mannu is a small village in the Stintino municipality. 7,8 houses of pink, apricot, water green and blue colors. There is a green flowerbed with a small fountain in the middle. The surrounding country gently slopes down towards the sea. In the Summer time all colors are of all the green and yellow shades of the harvested fields, always having the blue colors of the  sea as a background.

Just in front of that village there was a large enclosure with the riding horses inside of it. The first time I asked for information, the owner, a tall kind gentleman, told me that horses would go for a stroll only at sunrise or at sunset. This because the beach would be crowded with tourists and it would be impossible to run across it on horseback.

I had been riding only for a year and only in town inside a fenced field under a big tent. I had never been out on a stroll, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if I were able to lead a horse keeping a security distance for me and the others. But I decided to try anyway. I thought :” when would it be possible for me to ride a horse along a 10 km beach?” Then that gentlemen, the guide, seemed reliable to me. 

The following morning I was there, a little early on the agreed time, 6 am. I was surrounded by the live silence that can be found only in a countryside close to the sea.

The guide put the saddle on a dark bay horse for me. He had a long black mane and deep dark eyes. My town instructor had told me not to ever stare a horse I had just met in his eyes as horses have always been preys and their predators stare at them when they are on the point of attacking. The horse would have interpretated my gaze as a threat or a challenge.

That bay horse  kept on looking at me instead, calmly and quietly, as he wanted to understand who he would have strolled with during the next two hours.

We headed south-west, as we meant to reach the pond and see all the protected species.Pink flamingos overall…..

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Nutrition and sport

Nutrition is essential in sports practice.

But you should take into account not only the quality of the food you eat: you should also consider the timing.

The first thing to say is that a lot depends on the relationship you have with the sport.

If you are a professional you already have a diet plan to follow in line with the type of sport you practice.

If you take sport seriously but without doing it for a living, the following advice can be useful.

  • Before working out:

your pre exercise meal, it’s common opinion, must contain some carbo and be very low in fat. And, of course, some protein.

About the type of carbo: around 1 or 2 hours before performing, you should prefer the ones with  low glycemic index. Such as sweet potatoes, black bean, whole grain bread and brown rice.

Good source of protein are tuna, turkey and chicken.

  • During working out:

usually it’s not a good idea to eat during working out. You’d deprive your workout of important energy that should be used in the digestion process.

You have to focus mainly on hydration, so in most cases drinking enough water is all you need. However, if you are running a marathon (for example), you can also add a sports drink or a quick digestion-carbo gel.

And… how can you support your muscle?

…for example, drinking BCAA.

  • Post working out:

Keep in mind that your body needs to recover. As a result, post-workout nutrition should aim to recharge your energy reserves and provide you with enough protein to prevent protein breakdown in your muscles and stimulate muscle synthesis.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or gain mass, you should eat about 25 grams of protein and high glycemic index (HGI) carbo. This is the only meal of the day where you are allowed to eat HGI carbo.

The reason is: an insulin peak contrast cortisol, a steroid hormone, and help to push the protein into the muscle cells.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you have to keep the amount of carbo low.

 

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Libeccio Wind at Porto Ferro

We have been to Porto Ferro, a quite dark sandy beach leaning over the open sea, at a few kilometers from Alghero. These western Sardinia coast beaches are ideal for those looking for waves when Mistral, Ponente and Libeccio winds are blowing.

Today Libeccio blows, a dump wind coming from South-West and it isn’t too strong fortunately.

It is almost forbidden to go out at sea when Libeccio blows.

It’s been  blowing  almost for a day and it’s in mast phase which means that the wind is going to grow as the storm does. Anyway today we can still test our equipement.

We are with Andrea Mariotti, maybe one of the most famous local all over Sardinia, well known professionst. He won many competitions and as he’s very passionate.

So he cannot renounce windsurfing and surfing in South Africa every year, often in Winter time.

He is also one of our best instructors and he makes sure that SportSardinia members learn this sport quickly.

Andrea chose a less then 100 lt wave board with a 4.7 sail. This choice has been the right one as he amazed us with his surfing qualities and for his evolutions incredible height, as you can see by the underneath video.

“It is not rare to find these wind conditions here in Sardinia, especially in the northern area of the island” says Andea after having been the all morning out on the water.

Now he has to get dressed again and join Ezzimannu beaches to teach some lessons. Inside the Asinara gulf the sea is calm and protected so as beginners can get in the water too. This is the real advantage of Sardinia north-western side. With the same wind you can find different spots suitable to professionists only, and a few kilometers away there are other repaired spots for beginners.

Andrea says goodbye to us, joking about tomorrow, when his pupils are ready and the Libeccio blows even stronger, he will take them here in Porto Ferro “to teach them the real windsurf”.

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Horse riding is a life metaphor

Horse riding is more then a sport, it is a life metaphor.

It would help you realize that you won’t go far if you don’t become a whole with your partner, in a real partnership in which the horse holds strenth and the rider holds will.

The horse is so much respected as  the rider’s gestures are not considered orders but aids.

Horse riding teaches you to be firm in expressing your will as your body has to communicate it without hesitation.

You have to think before you ask. The useless amount of words we use in everyday life must be put aside as you have to convey your will firmly.

Half ton of galloping muscles cannot allow indecisions or  afterthoughts. 

The rider cannot be afraid of making mistakes anyhow. The horse  is so much precisely connected to the rider’s mind that he feels any single hesitation. You can think that this described above is the metaphor of leadership.

In horse riding the obsatcole jump requires more discipline as this activity is more risky.

In addition to what has been said above about riding on ground level, the rider has to lead the whole over the hoppers he would meet on his path.

In order to do that, he will have to direct his gaze far beyond the barrier. Towards the orizon.

It often happens that the rider fixes his attention on the obstacole itself instead of looking over the barrier.

This involves the horse to refuse to jump and the consequences can be quite painful.

The horse attention has to be kept constantly alerted. Some voice calls or some touches of riding crop can be needed but,above all, the horse will appreciate some rewards as careresses. Better if you bestow them only after the horse has well behaved.

Horse riding teaches you that you can fall over but you can stand up and climbe up on the saddle again. This helps you in understanding how and when you made a mistake.

This shouldn’t absolutely be experienced as a problem.

But as a natural evolution towards the awereness of one’s limits and possibilities.

I learnt to walk keeping my back straight and my head up as a rider’s attidude must convey a feeling of balance and it cannot be perceived only as a useless burden.