Glassy-Tips for Beginners

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“For many folks, surfing is a passion and a romance. It can be thrilling; it can be thrilling. Just like love, one might say.”

 

Surfing is the sport of riding waves. Surfers catch ocean, river or made waves, and glie across the surface of the water until the wave breaks and loses its energy. Surfing is a way of life, a philosophy. It is all about nature, fun, practice and respect.

So you want to learn to surf? Here you will find many tips that maybe can help you in your first steps into this –amazing- world!

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1.-Always, above all things, have fun!

As Phil Edwards said: “The best surfer out there is the one having most fun”.

2.-Learn with someone.

First steps into surf can be (as in any other sport) a bit hard and maybe dangerous to yourself and others! So it is time to get an experienced friend to teach or maybe a surf camp.

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3.-Peace & Love.

Time is not a limit, the limit is just in your mind, so be pacefull with yourself! You will feel really excited once you get into the water but try to be patient and enjoy the experience!

4.-Soft makes the difference.

Did you know that you will be spending a lot of time sitting on your soft.top? If not, it is the perfect moment to know this. Beginings are not that much easy and Soft-tops are good entry boards and safer for eveybody involved.

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5.-Size matters.

Do not start surfing on smaller, shorter boards as quick as possible. Remember point 3.- and be patient and pacefull with yourself!

6.-All together!

Learn to surf with other learners. First steps are always better together, you can learn from others in your same condition and also this places usually have good and small waves to learn better and safer!

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7.-Bend your knees and not your back!

You will lose your balance if your position is not the right. Bend your back is not safe, not balanced and not a good look in surfing’s style book.

8.-Stay perpendicular.

Once the wave has broken you need-have to stay perpendicular to the whitewater. If you don’t, you’ve given all that energy more surface area to grab and your board, pulling you under the water and dragging you toward shore.

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9.-Paddle, Paddle, Paddle!

Practice it a lot, you will need it! The key? Just to find a rhythm and to keep it. Waves can be brave and this requires to be in shape because it will be… quite exhausting the first few times!

10.-Who said Surf Trip?

This is probably the best idea. Friends, surf philosophy, sea, nature, food, good vibes and really good landscapes are waiting for you. It is the best option to learn and live a great life experience.

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Should you switch to Glassy Zone?

Wearables are slowly becoming crucial in our everyday life. I mean, why wouldn’t they – they allow us to stay healthy, improve our performance in various fields and sport, help us keep track of our progress and, most importantly – let us share the whole experience with others. Because there is nothing more motivating than competing with yourself and/or others.

With more and more useful wearables coming out regularly, surfing market is experiencing a boom in this field and to decide on THE one will soon become quite tiring. To save you all the surfing time (on-line), we went on and researched why Glassy Zone beats the budget competition. So you can enjoy your surfing time (in the water) – more and better!

NOTE: We have included those wearables that were both affordable and in a broad use in the surfing community at the time. We also omitted Windows OS at the expense of Android and iOS as the main two operating systems.

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Having in mind uniqueness of surfing, we’ve decided on the following criteria:

  • Operating system compatibility

What is it: Most of the mobile phones out there operate on either one of the two main OS’s – Android and iOS. And while the first one is an open-source technology and the most widespread one, the latter obtains the largest profit. This duopoly affects many other tech-related markets that have to comply in order to satisfy their customers’ needs.

How does it help you: Regardless of which mobile phone you use to track your data, you should keep in mind that it’s up-to-date and supports the app you want to run, together with the device you want to use. If your phone runs Android or iOS, you are most likely NOT to have that problem

  • Bluetooth Smart

What is it: Marketed towards novel application, Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy) should considerably decrease your power consumption and the cost, while not affecting the communication range.

How does it help you: Bluetooth allows your device to sync with your phone either instantly or after your sessions. Using Bluetooth smart, you will be saving some of the energy allowing you to spend longer time in the water!

  • Battery life

What is it: The largest amount of portable devices use rechargeable batteries (like Li-ion and NiMH) – it minimizes the waste and saves you money, on the long run. Which is what can happen with an excessive use of primary batteries. However, rechargeable batteries tend to “wear off” with time.

How does it help you: Although rechargeable batteries are a good choice for an eco-friendly surfer, they usually have to be charged weekly. The advantage of the primary batteries is that they can power your device for months before running out of strength, which is perfect for those surfers that are forgetful.

  • Accelerometer

What is it: Micro-machined accelerometer, it allows you to measure proper acceleration (“g-force”).

How does it help you: It can work in 3 axis (x,y and z) to give you a better reading of your movement: while in mobile devices it can tell you orientation of your phone, it also measures linear acceleration of movement.

  • Water resistancy level

What is it: There are three levels of water resistance: water-resistant, water-repellent and waterproof. It is usually measured in units of pressure (atm) where 1atm equals 10m/33 feet of water resistance.

How does it help you: Probably one of the most important terms when talking about surfing as it determines up until which point can you submerge your device in the water. While water-resistant devices (usually called splash-proof as they can suffer mild splashes) are often used in fitness, surfers should opt for waterproof devices that could perfectly work even under water. That means no worries when you’re trying to catch that perfect wave!

  • Display

What is it: LED is a flat panel display that uses light-emitting diodes as pixels for a video display, while LCD uses light modulating properties of liquid crystals for the same reason. OLED (Organic-LED), on the other hand, works better without the back-light and it’s often use in mobile devices.   

How does it help you: Allowing you to read into your sessions while still in the water can be quite an important aspect. But it largely depends on the size of the wearable – smart watches are usually bigger because of the screen while bands give you a limited amount of info during your sessions.

  • UV sensor

What is it: Prolonged and unprotected exposure to UV lights can damage your skin and eyes, which can potentially lead to some serious health problems. UV sensor doesn’t offer you the protection but it can read the intensity of UV lights.

How does it help you: If you prefer surfing in warmer waters, chances are you are quite often exposed to the direct sunlight. Although, surfers already do take quite a good care of their health, having an extra protection sensor can make a difference.

  • Gyroscope

What is it: Gyroscope supplements accelerometer by giving you a clearer reading, in this case the angular velocity.

How does it help you: As a part of your band/wearable, gyro will be measuring the movements of your wrist.

  • GPS

What is it: GPS device will accurately give you your location by getting that information from GPS satellites. Although developed by US military, it is available for everyone to use.

How does it help you: Seeing your sessions on the actual map? What’s better than that?!

 

 

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That all being said – it is up to every individual surfer to decide what is the most important thing for them. However, wearables targeting the surfing community, do offer more specific information and accompanying app that will make you relive your sessions as much as you want – after you’re done.

What Glassy has been trying to do for many years now is to help both beginners and those experienced surfers to improve and elevate their performance: first by offering a complete app that allows everyone to track their session in order to record best experience and analyse their own abilities and then by creating Glassy Zone – a wearable that will let you do all of that and even more, with less of work for you.

What distinguishes Glassy Zone from other wearables is the combination of following:

  1. Price – it’s currently a budget wearable and, as that, quite affordable to many.
  2. App – the quite popular Glassy Pro app already has over 9000 surf spots and thousands of registered user for you to befriend or compare with
  3. GPS – a pricey addition found only in more expensive devices is a vital part of Glassy Zone and one of the must-have’s in surfing
  4. UV sensor

Regardless of your surfing level, maybe it’s time to stop settling down for wearables that are not letting you reach your full potential but instead to focus on those that are made FOR surfers, by surfers.

 

Who is Surfing more?

The community surrounding the app has reached

nearly 70,000 active users so we thought we would

give it an extra twist by introducing a really cool novelty!

We are happy to introduce to you the Glassy Rankings!

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This option allows you to compete with other  Glassy users around the globe: International Ranking” As well as in your own country: National Ranking

Check out who surfs more often and dare to be Glassy Pro ranking’s number one!

If you haven’t tracked your sessions yet don’t worry! The leaderboards change every month, so even YOU have a chance to be the best and have your name written at the top of the list!

This new option can be found easily by tapping the menu icon on your screen and simply selecting “Leaderboards” 

Keep on surfing and challenge yourself and #TakeTheNextWave with Glassy Pro!!

Surfer’s Resolutions for this 2015

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 5 resolutions to challenge yourself surfing next year!!!

 Surf more. Because no matter how much went out, you always want more

Keep traveling. Get out there; explore new places and discover new waves

Push your limits. Go charge bigger and stronger waves and overcome your fears

Rip harder. Try out new maneuvers and improve your surfing techniques

Have fun! Don’t forget, surfing is always about having fun

 

If you feel like taking the challenge, you can start tracking your progression with the Glassy Pro app (for both iOs and Android). Or dare to try a more detailed tracking of your surf sessions with Glassy Pro One, the Smartwatch for surfers.

Thank you for being a part of our Glassy Pro Community.
We wish you the best for this New Year.

Get out there this 2015 and #TakeTheNextWave!!!

Master your cutback

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The cutback is one of the maneuvers that require a lot of practice. It’s not hard to learn it but very difficult to perform it properly. So here we give you some tips of how to master the cutback and make it technically perfect.

The first step is to pick the right part of the wave to perform the cutback. It should be done where the wave is backing-off. Very important: the speed in this maneuver is the key. So to start the cutback get high up on the wave because the higher you drop from, the more speed you will gain.

The maneuver begins at the bottom of the wave where all the energy zone is so that’s very important to not lose the speed. The faster you go, the better it is to come round and do the cutback. While making the turn the weight must turn on to the heels, that’s called forehand cutback.

When you come all way round it’s called roundhouse cutback. The two important keys doing the roundhouse are the good weight distribution and body rotation. When your board changes the direction so must you. Also don’t forget to keep your eyes on the way you want to change the direction to. Sometimes happens that you can make your turn too early when the wave is too vertical. So that this doesn’t happen look over your shoulder in the direction you want to turn and then it will be easier to turn the surfboard correctly and not to spin out.

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And remember that good surfers make the turn look like figure 8 and average surfers make it like an S. Making a figure 8 turn helps you to change the direction for the rebound on time.

Then we have the rebound, the comeback on the breaking wave. Here the speed is also very important. To not to lose the speed you have to hold crouched legs until you can see the white wash. The eyes must be focused on the point where the rebound will be made. Then push your legs straight with a lot of power and twist the head and shoulders towards the rebound point and right before reaching the rebound, twist them back the other side. While doing the rebound put most of the weight on the back foot and the legs must be crouched too so you can do it with speed and flow. When you’re done with the rebound stay little bit crouched and you can prepare yourself for the next move.

We hope that these tips have been helpful for you. And don’t forget that practice makes perfect! Stay tuned and improve your surfing with Glassy.pro! #TakeTheNextWave

8 reasons why surf is more than a sport

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A surfer start his day with a wave and ends it up with a wave. If it’s a good or a bad day everything depends on the swell. The love for the ocean, the adrenaline and the peace at the same time are only few of the things that makes surfing more than just a sport.

It makes you feel happier. Every wave we surf makes us feel alive, pump us with inexpressible energy and happiness. Starting a day or after a bad day catching a wave is the best source of pleasure, joy and well-being. It helps to escape from the daily problems and teaches to be less attached to material things in life. No matter how bad was your day, surf cures everything!

Surfers are more successful people. While surfing you learn to be more patient, persistent and to make right decisions faster. Also surfers tend to be more self confident, creative and less stressful what helps them to be better in their career and personal life. And the best is that while surfing you learn a lot about yourself.

It’s very challenging. The ocean is not like a football pitch, you never know how you’ll be surprised. It always challenges you. And not only when you are a beginner. Surf requires a lot of persistence, dedication and hard work. And not only physical exertion but also a lot of mental concentration.

It teaches how to deal with fear and risk. Surf is a very adventurous sport that involves a lot of thrill and high risk. Sometimes the ocean can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous. Everytime we challenge ourselves to ride a bigger and complicated wave we’re facing our fears, learn to get rid of them and leave our comfort zone.

Surfers have the biggest passion for what they do. A real surfer can’t stand a day without catching a wave. Like Paul Strauch said “Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it”. From the moment a surfer wakes up in the morning his first thoughts are about how is the swell today.

Surfers are like a community. In life most people are used to think about themselves first and see their own interests. Surfers tend to help each other, spend the time together, share their experience and knowledge, teach and advise other surfers. They support each other as a community.

It’s like a religion. Water in religion has always been is a symbol of life and energy. The peace and harmony that is transferred in the middle of the ocean allow the best time to pray and for a deep contemplation. Lots of surfers combine their passion to surf with their spiritual beliefs. Only a surfer knows this feeling.

Surfing is a way of life. From the beginning of it’s roots till now, surf has always been something more than just a sport. The culture of surf has it’s own fashion, language, music, art and lifestyle. Every surfer could agree that that’s not what we do, it’s what we are. Surfing covers all their spirit.

 

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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4 tips for those who love the ocean

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The ocean is the big power which gives us the opportunity to have the most wonderful experience on earth, to catch the wave. Unfortunately not everybody is thankful and the situation of the oceans all around the world is getting worse day by day. But it’s not too late to change it. That’s what you can do to help:

Reduce the rubbish! As they say, if you want to change the world you have to start changing yourself. Everyday the oceans are more and more polluted because of the amount of trash, specially plastic bottles thrown in the coastlines that kill the marine life. You can start making a difference being mindful of picking up your rubbish and always clean up after yourself. And if you join a clean-up group it would be a great way to reduce the pollution of the oceans. If there aren’t groups in your area why not to organize one with your friends and family?

Recycle. Did you know that the biggest part of land rubbish ends up in the ocean? Studies have shown that it’s even the 70%. So what you can do? Start recycling. Recycle plastic, glass and paper that later will be reused to manufacture other new products. So if we reduce the rubbish on the land the smaller part will reach the ocean.

Use an eco-friendly surfboard. Most of the modern surfboards are made of toxic, petroleum based chemicals that has a huge impact on the ocean environment. Better use surfboards made of eco-friendly, organic-based materials. Don’t worry, they are as good, durable and high-performance as the traditional ones, just much better for the planet.

Influence a change in your community. Some people see only what they want to see. So let know your friends and family about the ocean issues and how they can help to change it. The more people will know it, the bigger the impact will be.

Surfing is not just riding a wave, it’s a connection with the ocean. The ocean is what challenge us, gives us incredible emotions and turns us on. But to receive we must learn to give too. Every help can make a difference. As Laird Hamilton once said: “The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean”. So love it, take care of it, share your knowledge and inspire to make a change!

If you know more ways of how to respect the marine life please share it with us!

 

The story every surfer should know

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There are many enthusiasts of surf, but only few know how and where exactly this sport was born, what are its roots, culture and history. In fact, surfing is one of the oldest sports in the world. But the surf of that time has nothing to do with what we practice now.

The first surf roots are related to the ancient Hawaiians that glided over the waves with wooden boards. You can imagine the blows that were given! Only few went out of the water without bruises. That wasn’t only their favourite hobby, it had also a strong link with religion and society. When conditions for surfing were not good, they used to pray and make ritual songs and dances for the gods.

Suddenly everything changed with the arrival of the Captain James Cook who wanted to invade the island and destroy the Hawaiian tradition by banning the surf. After that, people stopped practicing surf for a long time.

In the early twentieth century, thanks to a group of teenagers called “Beach Boys of Waikiki” began the rebirth of surfing. Besides, a Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated to a small group of people in the United States the maneuvers that  can be done with a surfboard and the passion for surfing took no time to reach the coasts of California and later Australia. Since the 20s, due to the technological advancement and the transformation of the design of surfboards, much easier to handle, began the revolution of this sport. After the war, the evolution of surfing was unstoppable. The use of new materials for the boards and the invention of the wetsuit of neoprene turned surf into a not just summer hobby.

Years later, began the boom of surf movies that made a big impact, not only showing it as a sport but also as a lifestyle. This huge surf popularity made appear new clubs, championships and surf events that some still exist.

The surf that is currently practiced had an incredible transformation. Now, with the application of new technology, boards are much smaller and with less weight, that permit a variety of maneuvers, techniques and turns that make surf more than just a sport.

New features in Glassy Pro

After several months of developing in Glassy Pro with the iOS and Android apps, we are going to tell you about what we’ve been up to. These are the new features.

Advanced forecast

From the Dashboard, you can now access an impressive advanced Forecast in landscape view just like you’d find it on the website, with forecasts up to 7 days in advance and accurate hour by hour! Simply touch the “Advanced” button on the app’s Dashboard, or turn your smartphone horizontally and the Forecast is going to appear. To exit, just turn it again so it is vertical or touch X. We have also polished the precision of forecasts around the world.

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Images

We have developed the option of adding images to your surf sessions, something that you had been asking us to do for a while, and to the spots as well. Take a picture of your session before getting into the water or after finishing and you will have it linked to it. You can also add comments about the session, another function we have added after having it requested by many Glassy users.

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 Social functionality

We have begun integrating the social part, starting with “friends”. You can search for, look up your friends list as well as adding friends from social networks like Facebook and Twitter and from your own contact list. The next part we shall integrate into the apps is the timeline just like you can see it on Glassy Pro.

Settings

We have added under “Settings” the possibility of sending your comments, both about bugs and possible improvements from the app itself so you can get in touch with us directly. We have also added the possibility of rating the app whenever you want to. When you touch this field it will take you straight to App Store or Play Store where you can leave us a review, and we encourage you to do so!

We have solved a lot of bugs and we continuing to polish the apps day after day with new versions. We have also adapted the app to iOS 7. We have added improvements in the performance, speed, design and usability of the apps and reduced it in size, and we still think we are light years away from what we want to do!

Send us your comments and any ideas that you have for making Glassy Pro even better at: info@glassy.pro!

Happy surfing!