Surf’s up with Glassy

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Its Friday, so hold tight the weekend is coming! Before that though its time for the weekly recap to keep you lot up to date with whats been happening across our surfing community. The same order as always starting off with the longest session leading on to the most popular spot, then is the most improved surfer and finished up with the max swell. So without further ado here are this week’s stats…

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We’ve all got that one thing in common, yep we all we love surfing! We all probably have a wetsuit, a couple of surfboards, spend more in gas getting to our surfing spot than going anywhere else, and we definitely would like to drop everything when the waves are pumping and just jump into the water.


But, what do you do when your are not surfing? Do you have any creative hobbies? If you do then we would love it if could share them with us and our Glassy community. Whether you enjoy writing, creating art, photography or just feel like doing a bit of freelance reporting send it to social@glassy.pro and become a Glassy Collaborator in our blog.


This is the case of our friend and Glassy Pro Collaborator Meel, a surfer from the Canary Islands who apart from enjoying getting waves is a great artist. Here is an example of Meel’s art work, check it out!

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Solar system by Meel

We appreciate everyone that has taken the time to share with us their hobbies and creative side, but sadly we cannot publish everything that is sent in. Also anything that we receive will first get a quick proof-read before being published just to check for a few things like grammar, style…etc.

You own full rights to anything you contribute and  you give consent for it to be published on Glassy.pro. You release Glassy.pro of any liabilities regarding your submission and any inaccuracies that appear in the published content will be seen to be author ASAP once they are discovered.

5 Dangers to be aware of when surfing!

Blair Stewart Surfing
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Look at the photo above, looks sweet doesn’t it! We all love surfing and its a truly awesome thing to be able to do but like anything else it does have a few things you need to be aware about. Glassy Pro wants to share with the surfing community as a whole the dangers of surfing, to ensure all of our Glassy User are aware, well-prepared and understand the possible dangers when paddling out into the deep-blue.

In no particular order here are the 5 “most common” dangers surfing;

1. Marine life. Its far form the most prolific danger but we had to mention it first. Sharks are the obvious yet least likely of dangers in the ocean. Warm climate spots such as Australia and some areas of the US for example see more incidents surfing than others but there are also many other much more common types of marine life to be aware of surfing that are less talked about such as; Jellyfish, Urchins, Rays, Sea Lions and potentially Snakes.

2. The Ocean. The ocean itself is also extremely dangerous and can pose a threat to surfers in many different ways. Rips and currents can be powerful and easily drain all of your energy. Surfing is meant to have fun, but don’t expose yourself to extreme conditions if you are not ready for them!

3. The Sea bed. The bottom can be just as dangerous as the waves so be careful! Surfing Coral and rocks bottoms can be super fun, but watch out with hitting the bottom!

4. Your Gear. Your gear is essential and most of it either protects you from he effects of surfing or without you couldn’t surf at all, but a pointy-ended board with sharp fins can cause some serious damage whether its your’s or someone else’s. Leashes are also life-savers and sometimes pretty dangerous so be careful of leash tangles and a leash swivel is a good idea for sure.

5. Weather conditions. One of the biggest dangers when surfing, and it can affect you in the cold and the warm climates. Melanoma in the hot spots and Hypothermia in the cold ones so make sure you’re well prepared for whatever the conditions are, that means sunscreen or thick wetsuits.

Be aware, have fun surfing and #TakeTheNextWave 

Surf’s up with Glassy …

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Following on from last week! We’ve been working hard and scanning through all the data from all over the world trying to find all things impressive and Glassy that have happened this week, its safe to say you haven’t disappointed us! Same order as last time, but if you don’t remember then here is how it works… int he following order; The longest session, the most popular spot, the most improved surfer and the max swell.

So kicking-of with the first SHOUT OUT this week goes to Asbjørn Brevik for topping our longest session leaderboard. The session below was uploaded from the west coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. Sweet, keep going!

Longest session:  Asbjørn Brevik 4h 55m in La Punta


Up next is the most popular spot! This week the most sessions racked up came from a spot in southern Portugal and is well known for its fantastic beaches and great surf conditions. A total of 16 sessions from 16 different Glassy users, it must be pretty special!

Most popular spot: Costa da Caparica 16 sessions


Glassy’s most improved surfer is judged on the great philosophy of “Practice makes Perfect!” so the more sessions you upload in the week the more practice you’re getting. This SHOUT OUT for goes to Monkey Surf with an impressive run this week, uploading sessions almost everyday at Ichinomiya, JPN. Congrats, keep it up!

Most improved surfer: Monkey surf with 16h 5m

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Last but not least we come to the max swell otherwise known as the biggest surf, which has been recorded by our Glassy Users this week. Its no surprise as we saw the same spot come out on top last week, Iceland is at it again topping our charts with some serious surf. If you haven’t already checked out our Cold-water surfing article then take a peak.

Max Swell: Gardur with 10.7m


Remember if you make it on This Week at Glassy and you’ve uploaded a photo of your surf we will include in the report and show your spot to the whole Glassy Community!

Next week there will be another instalment of “This Week at Glassy” so you have a whole 7 days to get out there and track your surf sessions and maybe your name will appear in next weeks edition!

Remember to #TakeTheNextWave and upload your surf sessions for us to see!

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Fake it until you make it! Surfing artificial waves!

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Today we are talking about artificial waves, what’s the deal with them? It’s definitely a trending and well debated topic in the surfing world, we see comments like “Thats awesome!” to “Hey, a wave is a wave so surfing is surfing!” and others that are so negative that we wouldn’t want our Glassy users to be subjected to such bad language. A brief, user friendly description about this kind of surfing would be that artificial wave pools are said to be a breeding ground for Kooks or my personal favourite Kook gardens.

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This Week at Glassy …

We’ve had a brainwave! At the end of each week our dedicated team of professionals are going to scour the Glassy database and present to you a roundup of all things interesting and surf-related that have happened over the past 7 days. To start with, the four main areas we are gonna cover are; the longest session, the most popular spot, the most improved surfer and the max swell.

 

So first of all this week we have the longest session, SHOUT OUT to Massimo Rebizi who racked up some serious time catching waves at a spot in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Keep it up!

Longest session: 8 hrs at Derecha de Cartel, ESP

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Next we come to the the week’s most popular spot, so basically its the spot with the most sessions anywhere in the world. Coming out top this week is a spot located close to where the Glassy Pro founder (Mikel) and many of us here at Glassy go to surf…

Most popular spot: 14 sessions at Playa de Lanzada, ESP

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So you wanna improve your surf …

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Of course you do, who wouldn’t? Improvement is what we constantly strive for in life and everyone knows that practice makes perfect, so the more time spent in the water catching waves will of course dramatically improve the way you surf. But (and its a big but) the fact that surfing is so physically demanding requires a few minor adjustments in your daily routine.

We are all guilty of passing up on a gym session here and there and the excuses are wearing thin, but even a little bit of training each week goes along way in terms of performance on the water. Surfing has got to be the most enjoyable way to stay in shape and its also a great form of motivation, so when you are looking at that forecast and its looking pretty bleak for the week ahead then why not hit the gym for a little bit of training out of the water, you won’t regret it.

So what do I need to focus on? I hear you ask;

There are four main areas that specifically relate to the needs of surfing and surfers, these are; core stability, strength, flexibility and endurance.

 

Core stability

This is an essential aspect of training when it come to surfing, first of all the ocean is by far a stable environment plus the fact you are on a board further adds to this. A Strong Core will improve your performance because these muscles are at the centre of the body and basically what keep you balanced and allow the transfer of power to your legs.

Exercises

  • Plank
  • Side plank
  • Sit up
  • Bicycle crunch

Also try using balance based equipment such as stability balls and wobble boards as this is similar to the way your body works during a surf session.

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Source: fit2surf

 

Strength

Its fair to say that as surfers we do more paddling than actual surfing, so upper-body strength and endurance are key to improving your surf. Paddling out can be really demanding sometimes therefore you need to get that upper body strength, and here at Glassy Pro we always say “If in doubt, paddle out!”

As well as having a strong upper body, a strong lower body is also essential because how are you gonna pop up otherwise? A clean and fast pop up is make or break when it comes to catching a wave so this is definitely important. Powerful legs are super important for the leg drive during the pop up and for the position you take on the board.

Upper body exercises

  • Press ups
  • Pull ups

Lower body exercises

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Rowing machine

 

Flexibility

This is massively important in surfing so take note! If you’re not flexible or don’t work on your flexibility then you are vulnerable to a whole range of injuries. Surfing is demanding and therefore allowing yourself to surf without warming up or stretching out those muscles is a recipe for disaster!

  • Stretching before you surf!
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

 

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Cardio

Surfing is such a high-intensity sport that surfers need explosive burst of energy at any given moment, also paired with this endurance is an essential part of surfing therefore swimming and rowing will ensure long sessions without getting tired.

  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
    • 5 x 20 second sprints
  • Swimming
  • Rowing

So there you have it, simple yet effective! Just a few simple land based exercises (apart from swimming) that you can do at home, at the gym or even at the beach. Watch yourself improve in both fitness and skills on the water, you can thanks us later.


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Break the mold and face the cold! Surf spots you wouldn’t expect…

Thick wetsuits and freezing temperatures. Cold-water surfing has been growing in popularity for a while now and it definitely won’t be slowing down anytime soon. It’s a well known fact that it can be bitterly cold in some of the most famous european surf spots such as in the UK, Ireland and the Basque country. This is especially true in the winter months, but what if we were to tell you that there are some serious swells in spots well away from all the crowds and way off the beaten track? Amazing videos and photos are popping up all over the internet of some of the harshest surf spots imaginable, and they are the complete opposite of all the iconic and renowned destinations we love around the world, but the question is could you trade the sun and the sand for ice and snow all in the name of catching that perfect wave?

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More and more people are saying goodbye to the paradise like surf spots of Southern California, Australia and Hawaii, to head north and say hello to places such as Norway, Iceland and even the Arctic. It has to be said that these spots are not for the faint hearted, and surf sessions in these cold unforgiving environments are not going to let you catch that perfect wave easily. Some of the roughest seas in the world paired with some brutal added extras such as powerful wind and undercurrents, endless blizzards and the constant threat of hypothermia. On the other hand these surf spots can not only produce that one perfect wave that you have been waiting for, but also open your eyes to an environment far from the sandy beaches and the palm trees. Snow covered mountains and thick forests are something completely alien to the majority of surfers and therefore there’s no need to worry about people dropping in or those who have no idea about surfing etiquette.

 

When we here at Glassy Pro first heard about this surf trend, we decided to check out if any of our users have uploaded any surf sessions taking on these extreme conditions, with a quick look at our Surf Spots. Kodiak Island in Alaska, Nova Scotia in Canada and a place called Vestvågøy in northwest Norway, were just a few of the surf spots uploaded. This shows us that surfing is so much more than just a sport that we do when the weather is nice, and Glassy Users from all over the world are leading the way. They are putting away their board shorts and donning the thickest of wetsuits, now that is dedication!

 

Glassy Pro: #TakeTheNextWave wherever it may be.

New 2.0 Version is on the loose!

We have released the new version of the Glassy Pro app for iOS and Android. It has a new flat design, an easier functioning and wastes less battery! We are also going to give you a little sneak peak of future Glassy updates!

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Glassy Pro 2.0

Flat Design 

The app has now a new design. We decided to transfer all the application to flat design. It looks cleaner; it’s easier to manage and consumes less energy. Surf more and waste less battery!!

New Inbox and Timelines

It’s said an image is worth a thousand words. Now with the new Glassy timelines you can have a better perspective of all the moves you make inside Glassy’s community.

With the user’s timeline you will see all the activity of the platform: added sessions, uploaded photos, changes of your local spot, new friends you add…

The spot’s timeline allows you to see all the activity related with a certain spot. It is a more specific timeline, as the friend’s timeline, that it’s been actually requested by many Glassy users and finally we are going to release it! It will allow you to see all the activity of your friends and other Glassy users located around your area.

Pre-Order the Smartwatch!

Go to the file Smartwatch and check it out! You can pre-order now the Smartwatch for surfers | Glassy Pro One | directly from your phone with the new app.

If you enjoy tracking your surf sessions with our app, dare to take it to the next level tracking also every wave you take with our Smartwatch for surfers.

Set your Stance

Are you Goofy or Regular footed? Yeah, we care about that too, and we want to include that in your Glassy’s profile. Now you can incorporate your stance in your Who would upload more sessions, regular or goofy footers?!

Glassy Pro 2.0

|| Sneak peak of Glassy’s future news ||

We are working on the development of our own Glassy Pro WIDGET for you phone!

Enjoy the new app and stay tuned to the new Glassy updates!!

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The innovations that transformed surf culture

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A few weeks ago we talked about how crazy was the transformation of surf from it’s beginning to nowadays. Technology has totally revolutionized it! Now it provides us to catch the biggest swells, have a much better experience and totally changed the way we interact with the ocean. So what are the innovations that completely changed the surfing culture?

Not a new that a GoPro attached to the surfboard has become an important item for many surfers to capture the best performance moments. There have been introduced into the market various innovative thermo dry wetsuits which are warmer than ever, floatable sunglasses, surfboard trackers with microchips to find a stolen board and lots of other useful items.

Lately most technological advance has been incorporated into the development of surfboards for the purpose of making them more environmentally friendly and at the same time more high performanced. There were introduced into the industry of surfboard new chemistry like foam that turn them with less weight and more strenght, aeroflex and 3D surfboards that are more flexible, lighter, allow to gain more speed and improve the performance of maneuvers. The newest ones even have the feature of GPS, gyroscope, compass and accelerometer. And for those who are speed lovers, propelled surfboards are already coming. An innovation that created a new surfing type called boosted surf.

The innovation in surfing is not limited to that. What if you are an surf enthusiast but you live in a spot without ocean? That’s not a problem anymore. Artificial wave-making technology is getting more and more popular around the world. Surf is becoming a not geographically limited sport thanks to the new surf parks industry which provide you a better improvement of your surfing by having always good swell conditions.

The advances in technology make our lives much better in many fields. And when it comes to surf, it help us surf better and have more fun. So don’t forget to keep up with technology and download our app. Well, and stay tuned! Because Glassy.Pro has something prepared to surprise you!

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