• How To Get Up RSS Feed

    by Published on 07-12-2010 01:46 AM

    Hey everyone, we just got a new podcast out, and it's about getting little kids up. There were a few things that we had to edit out from the podcast because we had to keep it under 10:59. So I'd like to add a few things here in the text. First, I want to give a few driving tips. The way Brett and Blaine get up in the voice over part is how adults should get up. There are a few differences though in the driving part. With little kids who weigh just about nothing, you can pull them slower than normal because they will be able to float at slower speeds. This helps them because it gives them time to get out of the mush, and it helps them stand up and get balanced. But with adults who weigh more, you need to pull them up a bit faster to get them out of the water and floating on the surface. You still want to pull them up smoothly, as in not jerky, but you want to get them out of the water faster. Also keep in mind that different people like to get pulled up differently. For example, Ashley, my sister, liked to get yanked up when she got up surfing, and if you pulled her up differently, she would have a hard time getting up even to the point of not being able to get up. Whereas I prefer to get up smoothly and slower. At first, if I wasn't pulled up that way, I would have an incredibly hard time getting up even to the point where I wasn't able to get up also. So as the driver when you are trying to get people up surfing, keep in mind that you may need to change up the way you pull up the riders to get them up.

    K, second-safety tips. In the video, you see that my dad is not wearing a life vest as he is helping the kids up, yet he has a throw pillow. Here are the reasons. Once I pull up the rider, and he gets up, my dad is left alone in the water. Now if a boat comes toward my dad, he is able to wave the throw pillow to try and ward off the boat, and if the boat doesn't see him, he his able to just let go of the throw pillow and sink to avoid any boats if necessary. Now a life vest works just as well, but my dad prefers the throw pillow for those reasons. The next safety tip is that we try to get riders up near the shore so that the person in the water helping the riders get up can swim to shore away from any boats.

    K, so here is a picture that flatter the arch bars.

    As you can see, Brett's feet are in the perfect position, and it's all because of the arch bars. And that right there is the reason why arch bars are great for beginner riders who don't know where to put their feet. Arch bars are great for all riders too especially intermediate to advanced riders because on many intermediate to advanced tricks feet placement is very important.

    Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed our podcast and our tips on getting riders up. We also have a forum for all of your guys's questions about how to get kids up on the surfboard just click HERE to get to the forum.