Like every year, this is the time we can always say it feels good to be in South Florida. Beside Hawaii, we are probably the warmest place in North America. Yes, we don’t have those big pacific ocean swells, but we do have a lot of fun! The ocean water is still warm, crystal blue, and the waves are just the perfect size for you. Whether you are looking for your first surf experience, improve your surf technics, or just having fun with your family and friends in a safe environment, EZride Surf School offers a variety of surf lessons and excellent surf guidance to help you accomplish your goals. Come to surf with us!
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We spent the weekend surfing Florida’s first cold front swell. The cold front brings the snow birds, manatees, and the big blue bombs we love so much. The conditions were great on Sunday and Monday (and still pumping today…go surf ) The water temperature is the warm upper 70’s / low 80’s in South Florida. The warmest waves in the USA. We are thankful to be surfing in Florida : )
You need experience to paddle out on big swell days like these. Let it be a catalyst for practice. Each time you paddle out, you are getting stronger and building the ocean knowledge required to surf bigger waves. Practicing surfing is FUN, unlike calculus, so keep surfing. Share waves, and ride EZ.
Have you heard? Surfing is in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan!
The decision to add surfing was actually made back at the 2016 Summer Olympics
In Rio De Janeiro , Brazil. The surfing competition in Japan will be held at Shidashita
Beach. Haven’t heard of Shidashita Beach? That’s O.K. It is not one of the top 10 places
to surf, or a top 50 surf spot for that matter, but we will take it for the sake of it. Why?
Surfing’s heritage is an open ocean wave riding sport. There is the surfer as an athlete, but
the athlete also has to judge the incoming set and read the waves. The surfer must withstand
the ocean elements, and pull off an athletically skilled ocean wave ride on an unpredictable
and unique wave never before created. A true beauty to the sport of surfing.
To hold the Olympic surfing competition in a man made concrete wave pool with identical
wave height and consistency would be like holding white water kayaking in an amusement water park.
Take the sport of snowboarding too. Snowboarding has always been on a fixed surface, but you have
the mountain downhill, and you have the man made halfpipe. If those events are separated, hands
down, surfing in the ocean should be a seperate competition than surfing in a concrete pool.
The ocean is a gift to the surfer. For every surfer to enjoy. Even if the wave quality does not fall
into World Champion Wave category. That is the unpredictable wave element that each Olympic surfing
athlete must account for.
The surfing event is allotted 4 days for the competition. However, the organizers have a window
to work in between July 22 and August 09, 2020. They will remain flexible to give an opportunity to
catch a swell at the best possible time. However, the IOC also has the task of organizing all the
Olympic sports, so you see where the ability to have wave predictability would be helpful.
Waiting for the right wave is nothing new to surfers, or surfing fans, but if you are not familiar
with the sport of surfing you may not know this is how all surf competitions have been held for decades.
It will still be typhoon season in Japan, similar to a farmer, we patiently wait to see the natural elements.
How do the surfers qualify to compete in the Olympics? Twenty men and twenty women will compete.
A maximum of 4 surfers, 2 women and 2 men, per host country. The surfers will be chosen from
multiple competitions held throughout the 2019 and 2020 season. The competitions have been placed
in a hieratical order. The first in the hierarchy is the World Surf League Championship Tour (WSL).
The competition is currently running at different waves around the world. The completion of the
tour is in December 2019. The top 10 men and 8 women will be chosen.
The second hierarchal competition is the 2020 International Surfing Association’s World Surf
Games (ISA). This competition will be held at a TBD wave in May 2020.
The top 4 men and 6 Women will qualify.
The third competition in the hierarchy was the 2019 ISA World Surf Games held at Miyazaki Japan.
The top 4 men and top 4 women based on the top eligible surfer of each gender for the
continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania will be chosen.
The 4th Competition in the hierarchy was the Pan Am games in Lima, Peru. The top female, and top
male surfer will qualify.
Last, but not least, is the host country of Japan. Japan has an automatic 1 male and 1 female surfer.
Surfing competitions have always had surfers representing multiple countries competing on waves
all around the world. Surfing is a perfect fit for the Olympic Games.
With this first year of the Olympics, we will be able to see better known surf competitors along
with some surfers you might not know about yet. The lesser known might not have had the
exposer or the monetary means to compete in the World Tour. Many top surfers have corporate
sponsors that enable them to fly all over the world and compete in all the competitions.
The new surfing faces may not have the sponsors, but the nation they represent will help them because
they will be representing their country in the Olympic Games. These surfers will be Olympic qualified
athletes ready to showcase there athletic abilities alongside standing champions.
We are hoping for an exciting wave riding competition, and ocean waves that encourage
the IOC to choose the wonderful open ocean in the 2024 Summer Olympics in France, and
the 2028 Summer Olympics in California.
The Olympic exposer of surfing will indeed add to the line-up crowd. Remember to surf with gratitude.
There is no such thing as some random surfer so share the waves, and ride EZ.
This is a THANK YOU to the city of Deerfield Beach. You surprised us! Even though we were surfing some bigger waves in other beaches, the city of Deerfield Beach stood out in our heart.
- Thank you for keeping your parking lots open so we could park close and safe.
- Thank you for suspending the parking meters.
- Thank you for keeping life guards on duty.
The waves from Hurricane Dorian did appear this Monday morning September 02, 2019. The shutter was open on our camera so not many surf pics to share. Plus, we were busy surfing The above picture with no one surfing is from the afternoon.
The surf was clean at dawn and building with no wind Smaller than expected considering the Category 5 hurricane that Dorian is. The massive storm missed South Florida. Nothing compared to the pounding it gave to the people of the Bahama Islands overnight.
Hurricane waves are always bitter sweet when families are hurt by the storm. We are partnering with the Salvation Army. They have a good reputation for getting funds to those in need. Donate directly to them on their website or through the school. We will partner with other local organizations and neighbors to collect non monetary items. Contact us for more details or if you already have items so we can arrange a pick-up.
The set waves this morning were about 10 minutes apart and clean with no rain or wind to start. Off shore winds started around 10:00 a.m. and coincided with the incoming tide. We had considered Miami, but decided against it because of a few factors. One being the huge crowd. Beach access on A1A was cut off to non-residents from Spanish River in Boca Raton Florida to Georgia!!??!! At least that is what the police officer said when he offered up his “thou shall not pass!” (We completely understand and appreciate our officers : )
The wave size was definitely smaller than expected for South Florida. The forecasted 12 ft surfing hope came ashore as a 5ft ground swell. Still thankful and content with the beautiful surfing day that was Today. Only a few rain bands, but not a sign of VAS conditions in the deep south . Thank you to everyone who surfed eloquently with kindness.
We are still hoping for the bigger swell that is forecast for tomorrow morning, so another dawn surf session is in preparation. Hydrate, healthy eating, and good nights sleep to you. As always..
1 wave Today is worth 2 waves tomorrow
P.S. Didn’t do sunscreen today for the first time this year. Sunburns all around. Thankfully no rashes! A physical block sunscreen is always a great plan in Sunny South Florida, even on those Sunny Florida September Hurricane Days. At least its the first for the 2019 year and we made it through Summer. Ready for Fall! Wear your sun screens. Do Not surf with chemical sunscreen. Read our article on sunscreens for more information. See you in the line up. Maybe more pics to come. Local news stations abound, so should have plentiful access to better videos than we captured. ALOHA
Hurricane Dorian is now forecast to turn up above South Florida. Riding up the East Coast of Florida to the Carolinas. We hope everyone is prepared up coast. We are anticipating Dorian’s waves to start to show up tomorrow on Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday South Florida is hoping for EPIC. Big waves. 12ft. Strong winds, but off shore out of the North West. Maybe waves like Sandy. Time to help a neighbor..while we wait….
Surfing and Sunscreen go hand in hand in the Sunshine State of Florida. When the surfing is great all day long, staying out of the sun between 10 and 2 is impossible! What can you do to avoid baking to a blistered crisp, but still go surfing all day long? Sunscreen. Before you say, “That’s basic knowledge, surfers know to use sunscreen.”, we wanted to inform you that all sunscreens are not created equal. There are many ways to categorize sunscreens, and we want to talk about the category of Physical vs. Chemical blockers. Why? Because we want you to be the healthiest surfer you can be.
Physical Sunscreen blockers block the sun physically like a rash guard, hat, umbrella, or coconut tree would. They are formulated to sit on the surface of your skin and physically block by shading. Zinc oxide is the most common form, and the one EZride Surf Instructors use. Try to find a brand with the most zinc oxide, and other natural ingredients. Ingredients you can easily spell and pronounce.
Chemical Sunscreens, however, work by producing a chemical reaction. They absorb UV rays and chemically change them to heat. This seams EZ on the surface, but there are some alarming facts about chemical sunscreens that literally goes below the surface. Partly because chemical sunscreens have ingredients that are penetration enhancers, after applying the sunscreen, the chemicals are present in urine, blood, and breastmilk samples long after application. That means the chemicals are inside your body, not staying on the skins surface. If that has you thinking, “so what?”, know that some of the chemicals mimic hormones.
Oxybenzone is a common ingredient in sunscreens, and is a weak estrogen. The CDC states they detect oxybenzone in 96% of Americans. Thier information found that adolescent boys with higher oxybenzone levels had significantly lower testosterone levels (Scinicariello 2016). Other studies on pregnant women report significant changes associated between oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes. That is enough to make a knowledgeable surfer consider their sunscreen choice.
Along with chemicals like Octinoxate, Homosalate, and Octocrylene, the preservatives in sunscreen can produce allergic reactions as well. Methylisothiazolinone is a common preservative and was rewarded “allergen of the year”. It is even found in products labeled safe for babies.
Why are some of these ingredients allowed to be in sunscreen? Apparently the FDA did not review hazards of sunscreen ingredients. They were grandfathered in in the 1970s.
So, when we discovered this information we decided to only use physical blocker sunscreens. We also want to give you a bit of the same information so you can make an educated decision for your surfing family.
When we started surfing, the sunscreen options were very limited. We even made our own! Now there are more informed consumers and more options to purchase. EZride Surf School recommends a physical blocking sunscreen that uses zinc oxide. The use of a rash guard is wonderful at covering a large portion of the body, so less sunscreen is needed. High quality sunscreen can be more expensive than your average store options, so a rashguard helps cut costs. Rashguard rental is included in every surf lesson package. A zinc face stick is also a nice option and helps protect because it stays on longer and doesn’t run into eyes as easily.
Dont be embarrassed by a white zinc oxide face. The other nano, clear, fragrant, lotions, and sprays may appear nice on the surface, but they dont stay on the surface of your skin. Use a rashguard, eat healthy, and educate yourself to make informed decisions. If you cant give up the look and feel of your chemical sunscreen, look for an option without Oxybenzone.
All these measures will help you surf longer and be able to go surf the next day. When the swell doesn’t stop, you dont have to either because of a bad burn. Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Share with us.
See you in the line up!
It’s the best thing you can do on the water.
All the surf lessons below are safe for children and adults. They were developed to provide the best surf experience for all skill levels. All the information below apply to all types of surf lessons. After you read the general information, you can surf on your surf lesson option and have a more detailed surf lesson description.
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