Yesterday at Riyuewan we had decent waist high waves in the morning but by about 11 am the winds turned onshore and the ocean turned choppy and the waves a bit sloppy but still doable for lessons. We’re looking forward to a swell that will fill in by Wednesday or Thursday and last through Sunday. Hopefully the wind cooperates and we have a solid three to five days of good surf!
Our latest students, Phillip and Judith, hail from Germany and came to Hainan to experience the sun and sand of southern China. Good job yesterday, guys!
I went up to RYW yesterday with some customers. Choppy surf with strong side to onshore winds. I took a 9’0 out and had a blast. 昨天我和一些朋友去了日月湾。浪有些乱，逆风。我用的一块9英尺长的板，划水出去的时候阻力很大。
One thing I love with the longboard is the ability to get a ride all the way into the beach. One of my favorite surfing manouveres is the Longboard Sand Dismount. The LSD (I honestly didn’t notice that until right now) evolved out of necesity, and is used when you are riding a wave which is quickly arriving at the beach, with just one foot or so of water depth. When the large fin of a longboard hits the sand, and you are still standing on the board, it can easily snap off, or worse, bust out the board’s fin box. But no damage is done if the fin strikes the sand sans-rider – there isn’t enough weight to force a break.
So when you don’t have much water left between the board and the sand, you flick the board out in front of you and on to the beach, while you step off the side of the board and land – ina few inches of water, or better, on dry sand. It’s not really possible to stick a dismount, as you will have jumped off with a fair amount of speed. So you run it out, and often times take a nice fall. It usually looks quite awkward, but feels rather good to perform, as you are also celebrating catching a wave all the way from the outside to the utmost inside. Getting a wave all the way to the beach is like getting a touchdown in American football. And flicking the board on to the sand while you dismount is the celebratory spike.
Got two sessions in yesterday, and a forty minute run on the beach. I’m taking today off to rest, then tomorrow will start Brick Monday. A ‘brick’, in triathlon speak, is training two of the disciplines during the same workout. I’m using it to mean a paddle followed by a run, and will start to do one every Monday. I’m thinking a 4.8km paddle and 10km run. In the last week, I’ve spoken to a few friends about it doing a SUP/Run endurance race. Early stages yet, but I’m keen to organize it because it gives me something to train towards. It was too easy to fall off in to the third month last year.
More information about the race in future entries. See my previous entries here.
Thigh- to belly-high waves these days up in Riyuewan. And we are still looking good for a mini-swell hitting Thursday and peaking Friday. More on that swell later in the week.
Yesterday we had perfect learner waves. A bit windy and messy but our students did great. See some pictures below.
Jie Ying from China.
Tom from Australia
Julian from France
And the other French Julian
It’s been a tiring few days here. After taking Tuesday off to rest, I did a short 1 km paddle yesterday (super windy conditions), and then went out for a run at night. Got to Yingbin Lu and turned right in the direction of Tiandu for another kilometer or so before heading back to Dadonghai. A 16km/10m run that took me one hour and forty minutes. It definitely took it out of me, but I was happy to have worked up to a ten-miler three weeks after starting to run regularly.
My paddle yesterday mid-day was cut short when the winds got choppy as hell. Strong ESE that got stronger while i was out there, until the chop was getting big enough to almost knock me off a couple of times. I wrap my ipod in a plastic bag and put it in my shorts pocket when I head out paddling. It might survive a quick fall in the water, but probably not. So when it started getting messy, I decided to come in, lest the ipod drown at sea.
Listening to music is quite essential for my exercise. I quite literally cannot run without it, because I cannot motivate to get going. For running, I prefer to listen to fast rock, punk, and drum and bass. Nothing below 150 beats per minute will suffice. When I hit mini-walls, I switch to a really fast punk song. Usually Bad Religion. But I have discovered that the same playlist doesn’t work for SUP. The body is in a completely different rhythm. My ear is quite different when running than SUP. When running I don’t really want to concentrate on listening. I just want a fast and loud song that has proven itself many times previous of being able to get me going harder. But while paddling, you are slowed down and can really appreciate the music. I listened to The Clash on shuffle for yesterday’s paddle. And now, before I go out for tonight’s paddle, I am putting together a SUP playlist. Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie is number one.
Below is my run route from the other night, and then some pictures from our game of SUP Frisbee.
在运动时我喜欢听音乐，特别是我跑步时不能没有音乐，没有音乐我就没法跑起来。跑步时我喜欢节奏较快的摇滚，朋克和鼓打贝斯音乐，每分钟不低于150下敲击的音乐都可以。当我短距离跑步时我会选择很快节奏的朋克乐，像Bad Religion乐队的音乐。但是我发现同样的音乐却不适合我划桨板，划桨板时身体与跑步时处于完全不同的两种节奏。在划桨板和跑步时我所需要的音乐也不一样。当跑步时我不会去集中精力听歌唱的是什么，我只是需要快节奏和大声的音乐来激发我跑的更久。划桨板时就不同了，速度慢了下来，你可以很清楚的听到歌唱的什么内容。我昨天划桨板时听的是Clash乐队的歌。此时此刻在我马上要去划桨板之前，我整理了一个播放列表，皇后乐队和大卫.鲍伊合唱的Under Pressure就是第一首！
Here’s a sport that was born on the waters of Dadonghai in late February 2011 and nearly died the very same day– SUP Frisbee. The wind and the lightweight frisbee didn’t help things. We might try an SUP gladiator challenge next.
Terrible, just terrible.
Little flick to Julieta.
Go deep and button hook.
Gourou got in the water, came out and barfed up some garbage that he ate minutes before. He says no to physical exertion.
A rare completion.
The catch that breathed life back into this utterly useless sport.
24th February, 2011
I spent the last 3 days at Riyue. Monday was pretty chilly but it turns up to be the last day of the season using a wetsuit. On Tuesday the weather went back to normal, warm and sunny, no more wetsuits not even rash guards. The waves were small but very clean, perfect to play with the longboard.
Have a look to some pictures of my last few days at Riyuewan, most of them taken by Jeremy that spontaneously took my camera and got some photos of me too, thanks Jeremy!
That’s me! Early morning session.
“My villa’s” sea view to the sunrise, just some minutes before going surfing.
Me again on the last cold session of the season, small but fun.
Tuesday morning Christophe brought me to his secret spot that we called “The Other Side”. I finally got forced to get back into the short board, the waves were a bit fast for me so I didn’t caught much but it was nice to change and experiment a new spot.
Looks that we gonna have some more small swell till next Wednesday when (finger cross) a lovely 3m swell will come and kiss our east coasts for a couple of days.
Contact us for more information on surf lessons, SUP sessions and trips to the east coast.
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I have tons of photos that we took in Xi’an,could be some good stories too.But I just don’t have that much time to write.Lazy me! Yesterday, me and “Cake” took the bullet train to haikou. We found, it could be the new way to go surfing in Hainan eastcoast in future.
From Sanya to Haikou,it only takes about 1 hour 30 mins.On the way,between the station of Ling Shui and Bo ao,you could see about 5 beaches where the waves are breaking .Drop off from wan ning station,it takes about 10 mins to reach the nearest wave breaking beach. Oh, the ticket from sanya to haikou is 88 rmb.
On the way to haikou,we found this beach(behind the left montain is ri yue wan beach) There are waves breaking!
It looks like Euro star train
I’ve never thought that Haikou can be pretty cool. Here are many old Portuguese buildings reminds the history of Portuguese consession.
Little Cali style.有点加州的感觉
On the back ,we found this beach near Wan ning station. Sick waves were breaking! 回来的路上，我们看到了这个沙滩，好漂亮的浪啊！
Btw,if you buy the first class ticket(about 100 rmb to haikou ) you can have a big empty space where you can put about 5 shortboards. pretty cool!如果你买头等座位票，你会得到一个很大个空间，那里完全可以让你放进5块冲浪板！
I did a 6.4km run this morning on the beach in Houhai, and a 4.8km paddle in Dadonghai this evening. At the end of seven days, my Week One distance totals for both my paddling and running are identical – 12.8 km, acheived over three paddles and two runs. Not a bad start.
I had a nice long paadle yesterday in Dadonghai, going back and forth between the bay a couple of times. I’m spending the night out in Houhai, and look forward to a surf early tomorrow, or a run if it’s too small. Then back to Dadonghai at noon, and need to get paddle number three in before this first week comes to a close.