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RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« on: June 20 2009 08:06:00 »
Your answer to the 360 aerial was off, especially on the mal. The aerial's maneuvers require the same conditions and same efforts on the muscles being used to pull off the maneuver. The only difference is that the mal, although it is catching air (16 seconds into the video) it lands 180 degrees. Nonetheless, it is a reverse aerial (360 is the intended goal, i have seen it done before on a mal but have not caught it on tape). As for the shortboard, he lands it behind the nose (not 360 midair) but the landing gives him a full rotation giving the illusion of a midair 360. Both moves ARE NOT 360 IN MIDAIR. But my original question was which part of the wave was best for pulling off the move and not whether the 360 can be done on a mal. PAY ATTENTION TO THE QUESTION!
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #1 on: June 20 2009 09:06:00 »
What's your answer to the second question? Show the people your "20 year veteran knowledge". If you really want people to believe who you claim yourself to be, I'm sure you've had experiences both from the receiving end and also from the other side.
Stop being a sourpuss and open up. Just because i question you doesn't necessarily mean that i'm doubting your replies. Just keeping the facts straight.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #3 on: June 20 2009 18:06:00 »
Besides avoiding paying taxes, what's the main reason why you choose to be in the Philippines? I can only assume that you're avoiding the authorities in Australia, but it would be better if you were to admit that. Judging from your replies alone, i take it that you don't like to be questioned. It looks as if you don't like being investigated and there has to be a good reason for it.
By the way, what, if any, surf contest or community projects (beach clean ups, donations, hiring GROs, etc.) have you sponsored to help promote your "business"? Every group/ club sponsors a community project to help the locals. Do you see yourself getting involved or are you just a "sponge"?
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #4 on: June 22 2009 00:06:00 »
thanks darryl for offering advice here. its just too bad that your post is being used against you. nonetheless, i hope this has not deterred you. I have two sons ages 13 and 11 who just had a try at surfing in San Juan, La Union. After just one session, they would like to have their own surfboards already. I am low on budget and read some pieces of advice on the net not to buy beginner's boards. could you give me some advice on what type of board I should buy for my kids and where? i guess second hand surfboards would do just fine. This may just be a passing fancy for my kids although i tried it and enjoyed it too. thanks.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #5 on: June 22 2009 20:06:00 »
If your kids have only tried surfing once, they really are beginners. So it would be sensible to buy them a beginner type board, so they get the best chance to advance rapidly. Try to find a board that has a lot of thickness and is quite wide (at least 2 1/2 inches thick and more than 19 wide). As far as length goes, try around 6' 4' to 6'6". Those dimensions are suitable for an experienced adult. It is also good for young kids that are learning, because the board will be buoyant for them. If you see Reece in la union, he gets good boards at the right price. Every1 knows him, just ask around. I suggest you get 1 board for now for your kids to share.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #6 on: June 29 2009 05:06:00 »
To Daryll, you recommended Riis Fuller (that how his name is spelled), an Australian who owns a resort in La Union, as the person to consult if one intends to buy a board in La Union.
I’m afraid that’s not a very good idea.
Riis is at odds with the owner of San Juan Surf Resort (who is also an Aussie) which has the biggest surf shop in La Union (that, incidentally, sells second-hand boards). Riis is also at odds with the 3 other surf resorts there. In fact, he can go to and he goes to only 2 other places in Urbiztondo. That’s 2 friendlies and 4 unfriendlies. I don’t’ want to elaborate on Riis since I have nothing against him. But what I’ve said is a common knowledge in La Union. Riis even flaunts that. Or you may consult the barangay blotter for the purpose.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #7 on: June 29 2009 05:06:00 »
Knowing him, he certainly will not recommend the 4 unfriendly sources of second-hand boards - he cannot even go to those places.
This brings me to my point: you’re presenting yourself as an expert by giving “free surfing advice for all levels”. Maybe you are a good surfer or teacher. Maybe you can give advice regarding the act of surfing itself. But you certainly are not qualified to give advice regarding the intricacies of surfing in the local spots in the Philippines, especially La Union. I don’t know when you got here but a lot of us from Manila have surfed La Union longer and more often than you to know surf life there (including the correct spelling of the people’s names).
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #8 on: June 29 2009 06:06:00 »
I’ve seen you in La Union only several times (under the influence even during mornings, if I may add) and I have surfed surf La Union an average of twice a month since 2002.
You’re not the first expert who has graced our spots. A lot of professional surfers, shapers and accomplished traveler-surfers have gone here before you. Shapers Joe Larkin, Karl Schaefer (of Raw Surfboards) and Mick Gorman go to La Union (with other surfers-shapers) for a month or 2 every year. They may not be as good as a surfer or instructor as you profess to be, but they are very amiable, low-key and humble. And Larkin's a legend.
RE: Free online Surfing Advice for all levels« Reply #9 on: June 29 2009 06:06:00 »
Ok Kev, Each to their own. Ive met Riis about three times and we have become friends. His family own Kirra surf in Australia (1 of the largest surfing retail outlets there), so yes I will let people know about him. Just like I do for Aloha boardsports and 540 surf shop. I am here trying to do the right thing here and I have people here trying to bring me down. I have good advice for people looking to improve their surfing. Because I refer someone to a surfboard dealer that you don't agree with, it makes me not qualified? You say you have nothing against Riis, but you have a lot of damning stuff to say