Monthly Archives: October 2006

Surf Like a Girl Pro Interview: Layne Beachley

We love Layne, and who wouldn’t? Not only did she win six consecutive World Titles, but she has surfed the biggest wave ever ridden by a female. At 50 feet, having a wave as big as a four-story building moving towards you is no small accomplishment. But more than just one of the greatest female surfers, Layne has given back to women through her foundation, Aim For the Stars, which promotes the academic, sporting and community dreams of young women. Now with her new line of fashion for girls who want to feel beachy whether or not they live near the water, Beachley looks set to take on the world. Below, our Surf Like a Pro interview with Layne.

Last song you downloaded: “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence

Best vacation: Surf trip on a boat in the Mentawai Islands. Great surf, no phones, total freedom.

Last book you read: E.T.101: The Cosmic Instruction Manual: An Emergency Remedial Edition by Diana Luppi and Zoev Jho

Guilty pleasure TV show: Family Guy

Favorite comfort food: Chocolate

Champagne or beer (or other): Neither. Red wine or Vodka, thanks!

Last splurge: A mountain bike for my boyfriend for his birthday and a leather jacket while shopping in Spain.

Advice for beginners: Set very clear goals and never give up because it isn’t as easy as it looks. Practice makes perfect.

Hero: Anyone that puts themselves on the line to achieve greatness. Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong, Kelly Slater, Muhammad Ali.

Worst experience in the water: I have experienced a few serious injuries at places like Sunset, Teahupoo and Tavarua. That’s never any fun.

I’m most proud of: Remaining to true to myself, my morals and principles.

Favorite rainy day activity: Laying in bed with my boyfriend watching DVD’s.

Pet peeve: Untidiness.

The perfect date: Is there such a thing?

Who I’d cast to play me in the movie of my life: Cameron Diaz. She always looks like she is having fun and she is very outgoing.

Nail polish color: Baby Pink usually. It goes with everything and looks good on my tanned feet.

Bathing suit or commando under your wetsuit: Depends on the situation. Both work for me!

Why I surf: Because I love it! It gives me a sense of freedom and enhances my happiness. It rinses my soul and reconnects me with Mother Nature.

Words to live by:  Find a purpose in life and remain true to what you want and what you believe in. Love what you do and embrace challenges!

We also asked Layne what she brings on an everyday surf session.

Darcy Surfboard,  5’10″x 17.75 x 2

Oakley wetsuit

Layne Beachley-designed bikini

Megan Gale Invisible Zinc SPF 30+

L’Occitane lip balm

Sticky Bumps surf wax and wax comb

Bottled water and Endura powder for rapid re-hydration and recovery

Rubbing alcohol after every surf to clear the water out of my ears

Nivea deodorant (until they stole it off me on my last flight to LA. Ridiculous!)

FCS fin key

Musashi Creatine Bar before a surf and a Musashi Growling Dog Bar after; I also love Keto Bars during events

A dry bikini and either a sarong or boardies and a singlet

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Surf Like a Girl Pro Interview: Holly Beck

You may have seen Holly Beck in the WB series Boarding House: North Shore (loved it!) or as a super hot model in any one of the best surfing mags. But be sure Holly Beck is no dumb blonde. Holly graduated from UCSD in just three years with a degree in psychology, and served as President of International Women’s Surfing. Bitten by the surf bug when she visited Waikiki at the age of 15, Beck came home and saved her pennies to by her own board. Soon after she was killing it at her local break in Palos Verdes and climbing up the ranks in the NSSA. Now shredding up on the WQT, Beck, in love with life and her super hot boyfriend, certainly seems ready to take on the world.

 

Last album you downloaded: “Paper, Ink, and Plastic” by Beth Preston
Best vacation: Mainland Mex in October 2003, the first trip I took with my boyfriend. We scored, and I fell in love.
Last book you read: “Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates” by Tom Robbins
Guilty pleasure TV show: Lost
Favorite comfort food: Adobada burrito from Amigos Tacos with habanero salsa
Champagne or beer (or other): Beer
Last splurge: A new Sliver cell phone
Advice for beginners: Learn in a beginner friendly spot and don’t move up until you are competent, in the meantime believe in yourself and don’t give up.
Hero: Linda Benson
Worst experience in the water: Surfing one of my favorite spots on “Big Wednesday” 2005. It was the most crowded and frustrating experience I’ve ever had.
I’m most proud of: Finishing UCSD in three years.
Favorite rainy day activity: Surfing
Pet peeve: Aggressive kooks talking loudly about how sick their last wave was.
The perfect date: Hiking to a private surf spot and having a picnic afterwards.
Bathing suit or commando?: I never wear bottoms under my wetsuit and don’t always wear a top either unless it’s warm out and I want to pull my wetsuit down half way for the walk back to the car.
Why I surf: It’s fun.
Words to live by: Believe in yourself.

To see more of Holly, check out Holly Beck Surfs

We asked Holly what she brings on an everyday surf session.
5’10 Rusty EPS, a 5″11 Rusty S-core, a 5’10 Rusty E-flex, a 6’0 Rusty round tail, a 5’9 bat tail four fin, a single fin my boyfriend shaped me, a 9’0 longboard.
Body Glove Vapor 3/2 or 4/3
Body Glove split toe booties
Body Glove bikini top.
Headhunter Clear SPF 30 Face Stick
Aloe Up Lip Balm SPF 15
Sticky Bumps Tour Series Wax
Several bottles of water, one for drinking, one for showering
Several fin keys, but I never seem to be able to find them
Baby wipes for removing sunscreen
Visor
Jeans and a t-shirt
Ponytail holder

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Ask Betty Surf Advice: Reading Tide Charts

Dear Betty,

My friend is always checking her tide chart before we go out for a surf. Why do I need to be concerned with the tides and what do the little numbers on the tide chart mean?

— Morgan, Jacksonville, Florida

Dear Morgan,

Tides are the natural rise and fall of the ocean caused by the gravitational pull of the moon. The tide changes from high to low (or low to high) about every six hours. The whole cycle takes about 25 hours, so you can count on the tides shifting about an hour each day. When there is a full moon or a new moon, the swing between high and low is the greatest. Depending on where in the world you live, tides can fluctuate anywhere from one foot (close to the equator) to 25 feet (closer to the poles). In the United States, we see about a six- to seven-foot fluctuation when the tide is at its largest swing (you will usually see numbers ranging from -1 to 6). A negative number is very low tide, while six feet is very high tide. Tides affect surfers because they change the conditions at your local break. First, you need to know on what kind of tide your surf spot works best. You can find this out by observing the conditions and asking other surfers in the water. Some spots close out or expose rocks at low tide while some don’t break at all at high tide.

Now you can check the daily tide by looking at your tide chart. You can pick up a yearly printed tide chart at any surf shop or check tides online. There is usually and AM and PM high and low — each day has four tide changes. First, find the date you are planning to surf. For example, June 18:  3:00 a.m. (4.2 high), 9:41 a.m. (0.4 low), 4:40 p.m. (5.0 high), 11:04 p.m. (1.6 low). So if you are planning to surf at 8 a.m., you can expect the tide to be on the low side reaching its lowest point at 9:41 a.m.

Do remember that swell also affects the conditions of the surf, so you can’t rely on tides alone.

Enjoy the ride,

Betty

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