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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:

surfboard

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″.

Capo Mannu

Capo Mannu

In Sardinia there are many spots.

Among the others, the spot for excellence: Capo Mannu.

Here you have oceanic waves. No joke!

The gigantic waves that brake over Grande Capo, hit the shore several times last winter.

At Piccolo Capo you find lower waves but only professionals can afford to surf over them. Anyway some extreme weather conditions have occured by the end of January, and they were so rare that locals, looking at the sea, called them “The Perfect Storm”.

You have to know now that Capo Mannu is famous among windsurf and surf professionals all over Europe. Piccolo Capo is known because of the waves quality, perfect and constant. They sway in cristal blu water that only in Sardinia can be found. Grande Capo is known instead for its strenth and heigh where  the Monster can be challenged only by professionals.

Some of them really have fun surfing there, even in bad weather conditions. They consider Capo Mannu as their playground. They don’t take it as a difficulty to overcome, but they enjoy the challenge of playing with huge waves.

One of the most talented surfer who ever surfed at Capo Mannu more then anyone else is Andrea Mariotti.

“I never saw so many mistral days like during this Winter. In January waves were the highest and most powerful I had ever seen here in Sardinia, monsters of almost 6 metres.” Andrea says. ” I never saw anything like that and these conditions allowed us to get the most from our equipment, to test its tightness and performance. I must say I am really satisfied with it”. And he adds “What’s more important here at Capo Mannu is being very careful not to fall in the impact area.The impact area is where the seabed is quickly coming up and the huge wave breaks. Falling over here might destroy your equipment and hurt you badly.

Fotunately, nothing of this happens and professionals stay out on sea all day as they know a day like this will hardly be repeated. They know they have been living a unique experience that will be remembered. All those who took part to this event will feel united by something special that will belong  to them and to this place only.

Learning Surf?

So you have decided to learn surfing? Well, here you have a basic even if not complete list of things fundamental to begin with.

Surfing Environments:

When you think of surfing, you usually  recall high sea waves. Actually lately people is starting practising surf over many other waters: lakes, rivers and man-. made wave pools. Wherever you find yourself, don’t rely on your surf knowledge too much and ask other more experienced surfers to advice you for the best. Safety is the most important thing you have to consider.Remember that when you are on the water, you will have to deal with an equipement and it shouldn’t be too heavy or your movements would be limited too much. Here in Sardinia there are many spots. If you a beginner, trusk local people advice on the most suitable spots for you, so as to avoid strong flows and rocky areas. Always consider the weather forecast and watch out for rip flows and high waves

Equipment:

Normally the longer the board is the easier  riding a wave becomes. If your board is short, it would get more difficult to catch a wave. Anyway the board would be easier to hand. In this way you would be able to better control your board while executing tricks and turns.

On the base of the difficulties you might meet out on the water, you should wear a wetsuit to keep you warm. A thick wetsuit will keep you warmer , but it would also make you feel tied in movements. So choose your wetsuit carefully.Make sure that the closing  zip is  in the rear part of the suit.

Goofy vs. Regular:

 Stepping you right foot forward is goofy, while left foot should be stepped forward instead. How can you realize when you are goofy or regular? Think that you are runnig and sliding across an icy lake and you have to stand on it. The leash has to be tied to the back foot.

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D’Inzeo brothers: Italian horse riding history

1250 pages divided in two books, a photo one and another  narrative one to tell the two brothers story.

D’Inzeo, “golden horse riding brothers”

Umberto Martuscelli took four years to describe the story of Raimondo and Piero D’Inzeo. These books tell everything about the Italian obstacole jump competitions between the years 30s and 60s.

It all began as a necessary Italian tribute towards them ,but also emotions, temperaments and two very different personalities are here described.

Martuscelli says during an interwiew that one brother, Raimondo, was cooler, more ironical and intense, but that he could have some fearsome explosions of anger. The other one, Piero, kept a more detached attitude so to seem almost algid.

Martuscelli tells that he had met them for the first time in the 70s and that seing them riding, even if only on test field, was a very exiting emotion, really difficult to describe.They were the symbol of sports and human  value , so necessary during that historical period.

This book dedicated to the D’Inzeo brothers and to Italian horse riding , took three years time of work, research, in order to sort all the photo and narrative materials.

The result is much more then the story of two men who have won so much. During the 50s they had no rivals at all. This book is also full of historical details: on the 8th September 1943 Piero D’Inzeo was training as a cadet in the Army on the Apennines close to Modena.  As the governement Badoglio armistice was announced , all the officiers leading the training ran off , leaving all the cadets to the destiny of being captured and killed by the German army.

Piero, together with some other soldiers , walked back to Rome for more then 400 km, always hiding in the montains, running the risk of being shot by the Germans.

After the two brothers withdraw, Italian horse riding  ran through a critical period , and two opposite positions were formed. The new young riders, as they couldn’t win as much as it was expected from them, didn’t bear being compared to such a cumbersome spors past.

On the other hand brohers D’Inzeo didn’t save critics toward the agonistic and organizative world that followed their withdraw from competitions.

Today that Italian horse riding is asserting  to a very high competion level  again, brothers D’Inzeo are rightly returning to be part of a sports heritage which can only increase today’s Italian champions pride.