The Ultimate “KOOK” Test?

The Ultimate “KOOK” Test?

The Ultimate “KOOK” Test?

16 Reasons You Might Be A Kook

For generations the term “kook” has been used to describe many a surfer if the term sound familiar it might be because you have used it to describe another surfers or other surfs have described you as a “Kook” but what really is a  kook and how can you tell if you are one?

In the surf world nothing is more infamous than the world kook it’s been in pretty much every Hollywood surf movie since the 60s the term in the surfing scene prodomantly means “poser”, or someone basically who pretends to be someone they not trying to fit in with surfing image whilst exaggerating their claims to surfing ability and experience. It can also mean some one that doesn’t follow the surfing etiquette or ruins waves for others.

A definition of a kook could be described as “a mad or eccentric person” or A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy.

But as surfers it’s a lot more about how your act what you wear and the equipment you ride for instance a kook might be some one posing very hard as a surfer because they like the idea of the surf lifestyle but can’t actually surf,

Surfing is mainstream whether we like it or not it’s been in newspapers magazines video for the last 30 years but with the rise of mainstream surf culture comes the rise in kooks that also want a little piece of that surf lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want to surf all day in the sunshine and life the care free life of a 60s pro sponsored surfer form everything from “surfer style hair ” to your surf yoga retreats in Bali it’s never been easier to taste a little of the surfing lifestyle.

With more surfers than ever entering the waters and carparks of our favourite surf sports there will be a rise in the kooks of the world, but you might be thinking I been surfing a while but am I a kook?

Are You A Kook?

Well the best way to tell is if you answer yes to any of the following questions

 
 
 
 
 
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All the stickers but can’t surf

(a classic sign for newbies and kooks alike is stickering up your brand-new board like a fully sponsored athlete but then paddling out like you about to drown is a no go)

You don’t know the surfing rules or etiquette

(You act like you know them, but you paddle obliviously in to wave and drop in on people with priority with little regarding for other surfers in the line-up)

You wear board shorts outside your wetsuit

(an instant kook labelling for anyone who does this no leeway)

You fall off a lot in a very clumsy way

(falling off in weird ways and postures is a clear sign that you haven’t mastered the basics of a surf stance)

You’re surfing is out of control

(You can’t control your board and are surfing literally like a torpedo heading towards surfers paddling back out in the line-up)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You try and run before you can walk

(You surf ok and have some experience form surf lessons and camps, but you paddle out into line-ups that are way beyond you surfing skill level)

You pretend to be better than you really are

(You brag about waves you caught and bigging up your surf game without having the skill to back it up)

Put your Wetsuit on backwards

(We may have all had this kooking moment at one time or another especially if you don’t realise even the pros get it wrong some times, but its always a telling sign if you paddle out with your knee pads on the back of your legs and the zip at the front)

You have a brightly colours wetsuit but can’t surf

(In the surf world  peacocking matters. Same as a surfboard full of sticker, The colour of your wetsuit matters just like a peacock if you got the loudest bright pink or neon yellow wetsuit you going to attract a lot of attention. If your surfing not up to par it’s only going to label you as a kook)

You wear boots of gloves with board shorts

(It’s a common sight in warmer weather and tropical destinations wearing booties or gloves with boards shorts to protect your feet and hands from the rocky walk out. For most it’s a rite of passage as we do the reef dance all the way out)

You carry your board wax side closest to you

(A telling sign you don’t know what you are doing is walking up to a surf spot with the freshly waxed board facing your wetsuit or board shorts quickest way to tell how long you been surfing?)

Put your fins in backwards or wrong side

(Many funny surf pictures have been taken with the fins in the wrong way. we have all seen someone in a car park or walking on the beach with the fins of the board facing the wrong way instants kookery)

You drop and snake everybody in the line up

(sometimes because you an asshole sometimes because you a kook, but either way it’s never good)

You checked the kook tests

(That’s right if you needed to know if you are a kook you Problay are!!! only joking we all have our kooking moments from time to time even the pros have moments when they make a simple mistake or a kook mistake, if you are a kook its ok you can embrace it and take measure to make sure you not seen as one next time you visit your local break  

You checked the kook tests

(That’s right if you needed to know if you are a kook you Problay are!!! only joking we all have our kooking moments from time to time even the pros have moments when they make a simple mistake or a kook mistake, if you are a kook its ok you can embrace it and take measure to make sure you not seen as one next time you visit your local break  

Hopefully you found our Kook test a bit of fun and didn’t take it to heart if you have any other ideas or things they you find kooky send us a message and we will be sure to add them to our kook test

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • So that’s a no then but there is a glimmer of hope for the future as they do state that there may be specialist events of slots in the future that Stand up paddler and kayakers alike can use the wave, but nothing in the regular season or the foreseeable future just yet. We still keeping our fingers crossed that they would let in stand up paddleboarders in to surf the wave so will keep you updated if that changes.

  • In the mean time if you wanted to get your wave pool up of a sup or a kayak the only place that currently lets you nab a few wave is the wave harden in surf Snowdonia because of the much bigger pool and different wave making technology I guess it’s a lot save to have a 10kg sup surfing down the break with less chance of you hitting someone.

  • One thing is for sure if the do let paddleboards in the surf Snowdonia I can only imagine the carnage of trying to take off in the smaller take of area I would guess they would limit it to about 5-6 paddle at any one time to limit the amount of collisions and keep the take of area free

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what to expect

Like most surfers the endless search for bigger more challenging and thrilling waves is always there and the wave might start to get stale after a few times of surfing it. For this small percentage of surfer, they were left wondering when they will make it bigger, can they make it bigger? What’s the next step up for and expert surfer? Well the Wave Bristol just announced it will soon be making some of its more advanced wave settings available for those good enough to ride them.

Now we have no problems atall with the waves they producing at the moment and from a business side of things having the different levels and waves suitable for the majority of surfer is perfect but you will always get that 10% of wave hungry rippers that want to shred something bigger faster and heavier. Well the people at the wave listened and the wave Bristol will soon be launching their expert setting or as some call it the “Beast Mode”.

Now if you started frothing at the mouth with the idea of getting barrled in some bigger faster hollower waves just hold your horses as it’s not quite open to everyone.

Through their testing and health and safety checks they have seen a lot of surfers over the few months its been open over estimating their ability on the already busy advanced wave, with lot of people bailing boards and not making the take-off even on a chest hight runner. This puts into question who would be good enough to ride the expert wave? Lots of surfers might think themselves expert but are that at that level without putting themselves and other in danger.

According to the wave they have announced that they will be running a licence to ride scheme by which surfers who wish to surf the expert setting will have to sign up to an assessment day were they will be assessed on their surfing and then the setting gradually notched up to the real deal to see if their surfing is on the level. If the surfer passes the assessment based on their surfing, they will be awarded a pass that allows them to book online in the future into the expert sessions.

For surfers surfing this wave I think it’s a smart idea having to prove your ability first before you go paddling headfirst to a concrete slab. Not only does it tick all the boxes for the health and safety risk assessments and insurance companies, but it also gives every other surf out there the confidence to surf the wave to their maximal ability without having to miss 3-4 waves because someone went over the falls and is now stuck in the way. If you have the expert pass it means your surfing is good enough and that can only mean more waves when the surf get good.

According to the wave’s website the expert setting (Beast Mode) will be the biggest, longest and fastest waves available with various challenging sections. Ideal for performance surfing, including clean open faces and steep barrels,” with face heights reportedly up to 2 meters and 12-16 second long rides. 

 

If that doesn’t get you heart beating faster and frothing at the mouth then I don’t know what will?

Here’s is what the wave Bristol have said to expect from their NEW expert setting 

  • The wave: our biggest, longest and fastest waves with various challenging sections. Perfect for performance surfing, including clean open faces and steep barrels.
  • Face height: 1.6-2.0m
  • Ride length: 12-16 seconds.
  • Waves per session: around 10 – 12 waves per surfer.
  • Suitable for: more advanced surfers who understand surfing etiquette, have mastered the fundamentals and are confident handling a faster take off and more powerful wave.
  • Wave direction: available as lefts or rights, your choice.

So that sounds amazing and sign me up to the next session, but what are the standards on which surfers will be judged before they can enter the expert wave? Well to get your golden ticked for the expert wave, hears a list of things all surfers should be able to do before they get assessed.

To surf the “Beast Mode” you should be able to:

  • Comfortably ride waves above 2.0m
  • Paddle in large waves and strong currents
  • Duckdive
  • Take-off consistently
  • Generate speed
  • Perform turns
  • Negotiate sections
  • Demonstrate respectful surf etiquett

 

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For those of you like us who can’t wait to get in to some bigger Bristol waves  this is guaranteed to get you fired up even more. Bigger, heavier and longer waves on tap in Melbourne wave garden facility this is what the potential of the wave Bristol could be on the expert “Beast Mode” setting.

We want to know what your thought are on the wave offering an expert wave setting and having a surfing assessment to get the golden ticket to go surf it. Are you looking to surf the wave on the expert setting, comment below and let us know?

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  • In November we took some of our team rider Joss to check out the wave garden Bristol and see what all the fuss was about. When we arrived at the wave Bristol, we were pleasantly surprised and the incredible facility they have made not just the surfing lake but the board shop fin test centre as well as the whole architecture of the building itself. As a surfer it really made you feel like you were among your own.
    When team rider joss first saw the wave, he couldn’t believe his eyes and frantically getting ready for his advanced session on the left-hander was looking at which board to use and would be best suited to the wave.
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1 -choice of surfboard

Joss opted for the predator in a 5’6 as we handed something with a little more float than his tradition higher performance board but could still deliver on the performance he wanted to achieve on the wave.

After surfing the lefthander for an hour and getting the full experience of the wave garden Bristol we asked joss to give us his thought on the wave and what he thought about it.

this is what joss had to say

“Insane such good fun perfect to practice to get better its ideal its easily accessible ideal for the flat days”
“It’s a little bit cold, definitely recommend boots and gloves as its way colder than the sea if you are surfing the winter”
“You got a left and a right, loads of sections on offer, what more can I say”
“Boards wise a little small wave board you can get a lot of speed on flick around and do the turns, something that goes fast”

Joss surfedf the 5’6 predator surfboard at the wave for the reasons stated above and for us it would be a great option for intermediate to advanced surfers looking to surf the wave 

The predator Is designed with the perfect balance of high-performance features and modern comfort. So it makes sense for a wave-like the wave garden Bristol. Its shorter, wider and thicker than most people’s average shortboard and Its got plenty of volume and width upfront under your chest which helps with paddling in and speed sown the wave. The shape is then pulled back into a more refined rounded pintail, giving the board a unique riding style and the performance of a lower volume surfboard.

You can see if the videos of joss that he has no problems catch the wave and creating instant speed part of that is to do with the higher volume up-front witch gives it that ease of use when paddling and pumping down the line, whilst the pulled in tail you can see makes that transiting in turns super smooth, fast and responsive allowing you to get tighter turns as the waves sections. 

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Hopefully, you found this blog helpful and will give you a good idea of what to expect at the wave in Bristol and give you a bit of a tactical advantage when it comes to catching more waves.
If you know any other ways to catch more waves at the wave Bristol feel free to message us in the comments box below

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  • In 2019 were lucky enough to be some of the first to surf the wave Bristol which is the world first fully commercial wave garden using the cove technology. We travelled up to Bristol to check it out and were joined by our team riders dan Jeffery’s and joss brooks after getting to the wave and being blow away by seeing the first set come through, we couldn’t wait to get out there. Our team riders Dan and joss surfed the left-hander and Ben the co-owner of SBSboards surfed the rights, after their sessions we all sat daw talking about the wave and came up with our top 5 tips for catching more wave at the wave Bristol and how if you do some of these tips you will make the most of every wave available at the wave.

1 -Take A Higher Volume Surfboard

Whenever you look at a wave you want to look at the attributes of that wave and the features as well as the type of surfboard best suited to it because the wave is a relatively smaller wave with some flatter less powerful section, we would recommend having a little extra volume in your board for improved paddle power and driving down the line.

Having a few extra litres volume in your surfboard can also help when paddling in for the waves at the wave Bristol. You only have 2 attempts at catching the wave so if you’re not quite in the right position or miss time it, you might find yourself wasting your opportunity and having to catch a white wave in and miss your go for that set of the wave.

The extra buoyancy will help with paddling speed and allow the wave to pick you up a bit easier than a lower volume board. It will also help when on the wave as some sections are weaker and you either need to work the surfboard more to stay in the power zone or have a few litres extra to help get you through flatter and faster sections.

Also if you didn’t know salt water is different to freshwater in regards to buoyancy and how things float on that water if you have been to the wave and used your normal saltwater surfboard you might find you felt underpowered than you usually do in saltwater waves

Saltwater, if you didn’t know, is more buoyant than fresh water, the wave Bristol uses freshwater at its lagoon. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. The buoyancy is also factored by the temperature of the water as well as in the ocean salt density can be a factor.

For the scientific among you, you might know that One cubic foot of saltwater and freshwater do not weigh the same. The saltwater cubic sample would be 64.1 pounds while freshwater would be slightly less 62.4 pounds. Why? Because of the added weight of the extra salt.

The science states that water molecules bond with salt molecules and therefore when compared to freshwater saltwater has more molecules’ overall because there is more weight added to the water it becomes denser. The higher the density of the water the more your surfboard will float. An easy way to remember is to thing more salt the more buoyancy you are going to have. If you think about the salt levels that might help you chose a better option for surfing.

Famously the dead sea has about 20% more salt in it than the rest of the world so people can float very easily in it, the same thing with your surfboard more salt in the water will be pushing you back up to help you float. Were as in freshwater you don’t have any extra help

There is also the issue of the temperature of the water. Depending on when you go surf the wave may affect what type of surfboard and how many litres you ride at the wave, Bristol. If like us you headed to the wave on a winters day you no doubt going to be covered from head to toe in a wetsuit and that wetsuit might just help give you a bit more buoyancy but if you head to the wave Bristol in the summer you might be surfing in boardies or a bikini and that could affect your buoyancy of you on the surfboard quite a bit.

Coldwater and warm water have different Density!

What….. I know even more to think about but stay with me. The Densities of salted and unsalted water change depending not just on the content of salt but also temperature. In warmer climates the Water molecules speed up and spread out, meaning they occupy a larger area there for less dense. cold water is the exact opposite with water molecule’s occupying a smaller space so depending on the temperate and if you are wearing a wetsuit or not might mean you should adjust your surfboard dims

So what does that mean when I go surfing the wave?

Adjust your surfboards for the wave, Bristol, by either upping the volume of your board or opting for an EPS Construction (Expanded Polystyrene)  in your surfboard as the EPS is much lighter in weight than traditional Polyurethane (PU) and this means that the EPS board hill has better buoyancy and float.

2 – Take Off Close To The Wall

If you want to catch more wave and maximise more time on each wave your takeoff will be critical. At the wave, you are all bunched up in the corner right next to the wave generator once the waves start to produce waves you want to be in the correct spot to take off. Each surfer has 2 attempts at a wave before they have to ride the white water into the intermediate area and then paddle back round re-join the queue by which time the set would have stopped and you would have missed your chance to catch more waves.

When the waves start, make sure you stay close to the wall in the take-off zone marked by 2 red poles which are where the wave will start to break. Ideal you want to paddle into these markers to make your pop up as easy as possible but you will also get the most speed taking off close to the wall it will also give you an extra second or 2 to set up your wave and even think about a cutback to the peak.

Taking off close to the wall all give you a steeper drop and a bit more speed going into your first turn. If you take off more on the shoulder the drop-in is less steep and easier but will give you less speed so will need to generate more as you go on the wave

3 – Have A Good Fitness Level

It goes without saying but if you are surfing in the advanced surf area you will want to make sure your fitness is pretty good and specifically surf fitness. It’s all well and good going to the gym and doing a bit of running but this is surfing so those heavy squats and bench presses won’t help you to much here.

Whilst talking to our team riders we watched a lot of surfers who struggled with paddling. I spoke to said surfers who said they had neglected their fitness through the winter and then arrived at the wave to find out they were too out of shape to paddle and pop up, resulting in them catching fewer waves or making more mistakes and bails on waves because they were tired.

 At the wave, there is only a limited amount of time between sets to rest up and if you looking to catch 2 waves every other set you will have to be paddling hard to get back to the take-off point. You don’t want to pay all that money for a session and 20 minutes in be struggling to paddle back out because your arms feel like dead weights.

Taking off close to the wall all give you a steeper drop and a bit more speed going into your first turn. If you take off more on the shoulder the drop-in is less steep and easier but will give you less speed so will need to generate more as you go on the wave

Fitness we would recommend for surfing the wave

  • Being able to paddle for a long time continuously and have enough energy to pop up
  • Being able to get into position faster when you see an approaching wave, and not being too knackered to catch it when you get there
  • Being able to catch waves easily up to 2 meters (if your pop up isn’t great get a bit more practice)
  • Being able to turn and paddle for a wave quickly after long periods of paddling
  • Being able to paddle back into the line-up faster
  • Being able to surf for longer and at a higher intensity
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By improving your surf fitness, it will help you catch more waves over your 1-hour session and maximising your time and money at the wave Bristol

If you’re a regular surfer even in the winter months and surfing consistently a few times a week or every day then you will have no problems at the wave and your paddle fitness will be perfect to catch more waves at the wave garden.

4 – Catch the First 1-2 Waves Of The Set

If you want to catch more wave and maximise more time on each wave your takeoff will be critical. At the wave, you are all bunched up in the corner right next to the wave generator once the waves start to produce waves you want to be in the correct spot to take off. Each surfer has 2 attempts at a wave before they have to ride the white water into the intermediate area and then paddle back round re-join the queue by which time the set would have stopped and you would have missed your chance to catch more waves.

When the waves start, make sure you stay close to the wall in the take-off zone marked by 2 red poles which are where the wave will start to break. Ideal you want to paddle into these markers to make your pop up as easy as possible but you will also get the most speed taking off close to the wall it will also give you an extra second or 2 to set up your wave and even think about a cutback to the peak.

Doing this will require you to have a good fitness level and be back in position fairly quickly but for advanced surfers, this might be the difference between you catching an extra 5-6 waves more than any others in your session and at £40 a sessions you are going to want to make the most of your time in the water.

5 Chose The Right Surfboard

Like any wave in the ocean, those who are lucky enough to have a few surfboards in their quiver will look at the conditions and then pick a surfboard based on what the conditions are, for instance, if it’s a smaller 2-3 foot day at your local beach and you have limited time to surf you will Problay go for a small wave surfboard something wider in width flatter in rocker and some more litres that you normal board as you need all the speed possible.

If we break down the wave you can look at a few factors that will affect surfboard performance

  • Size of wave
  • Wave shape
  • Surfing ability
  • Surfers weight and height
  • Water density

    As we discussed in our first point water density can make a big difference in the float of your surfboard so the first thing you should consider is, Do I need a few extra litres than my normal shortboard, if you can take an epoxy surfboard or use one of the many available at the wave. You will see nearly all the boards available for use at the wave are epoxy and designed with a wider thicker outline combined a flatter rocker to maximise fun.

    Because of the size of the advanced wave at Bristol you are going to want a board with a wider width or flatter rocker to help keep all your speed on the wave, there are faster sections as well as fatter less powerful parts so having a board that can keep your speed is essential. The wave also has a small but fast barrel section which is great fun for any advanced surfer but can be tricky for those still progressing. This is where a board with a smaller more pulled in tail can get the best of both worlds with all the speed power and flow of a wider bigger board but with the manoeuvrability of a more performance surfboard.

    Depending on your skill level will also affect your surfboard choice if you are just getting used to open-faced waves and surfing along the face of a wave I would suggest having a higher volume and length surfboard that can give you a lot more speed and stability through your session

    Depending on your skill level will also affect your surfboard choice if you are just getting used to open-faced waves and surfing along the face of a wave I would suggest having a higher volume and length surfboard that can give you a lot more speed and stability through your session

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    Hopefully, you found this blog helpful and will give you a good idea of what to expect at the wave in Bristol and give you a bit of a tactical advantage when it comes to catching more waves.  
    If you know any other ways to catch more waves at the wave Bristol feel free to message us in the comments box below

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    The Wave Bristol Has released its first short video of the waves produced by wave garden specifically wave garden cove technology and we got say its looks incredible. ever since the first idea of the wave bristol came about we have been watching closely and anticipating what it would look like would the waves be big would they be powerfull would they end up something disappointing like the surf Snowdonia project that for must of us surfer isn’t really what we looking for. The Wave Bristol, on the other hand, intreeged the hell out of us and sparked our dreams about what a true wave pool surf session could be. Pumping waves every 8 seconds up to 1.8 meters high for 1 hours and even the potential to get barreled is every surfer Disney land. and this video just goes to show we haven’t been disappointed one thing is for sure after seeing this video I will defiantly be signing up to get some right at the wave as soon as it opens.

     

    The Wave has teased out tastebuds before with a few clips of the eave getting made and what it would look like then it’s finished and just like the graphic design of the waves the drone video gives you a real sense of the size and scale of the waves that can be produced.

    Just like the rising tide of the wave bristol, our anticipation has been building since the first glimpses of the area. now all we need is just to see the size of the wave and some people surfing it to get in to fully froth mode. one thing is for sure this is going to be a game-changer for British surfing and really open up surfing in the UK to a whole new generation with consistent waves beeing churned out daily I can only imagine where this will take the British surf scene.

    with other surf gardens coves and pools planned for the coming years in Scotland and London, the UK will potentially be a world leader in wave pools and has set the standard for what’s possible. seeing this only get me excited for the future and especially to catch a few of these sometime soon 

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    Can you sup at the wave Bristol?

    Can you sup at the wave Bristol?

    After the explosion in popularity of the wave Bristol surfer alike flocked to Bristol to get some guaranteed waves in perfect conditions but as a paddleboarder as well I asked the question can you use a sup at the wave Bristol. I wasn’t alone after checking out...

    The Wave Bristol On Beast Mode

    The Wave Bristol On Beast Mode

    Are You Good Enough To Surf The Wave Bristol On Beast Mode After the flurry of hype and internet clips that went viral in the UK surf scean the wave Bristol is not doubt a massive success and a big hit with the surfers of the UK. With its ideal placement for all the...

    First Surf At The Wave Bristol Review

    First Surf At The Wave Bristol Review

    First Surf At The Wave Bristol Review" In November we took some of our team rider Joss to check out the wave garden Bristol and see what all the fuss was about. When we arrived at the wave Bristol, we were pleasantly surprised and the incredible facility they have...

    5 Top Tips To Catch More Waves At “The Wave Bristol”

    5 Top Tips To Catch More Waves At “The Wave Bristol”

    5 top Tips to caTCH waves at "the wave bristol"5 Top Tips To Catching More Waves In 2019 were lucky enough to be some of the first to surf the wave Bristol which is the world first fully commercial wave garden using the cove technology. We travelled up to Bristol to...

    The Wave Garden Bristol “First Look”

    The Wave Garden Bristol “First Look”

    The Wave Garden Bristol “First Look”The Wave Bristol Has released its first short video of the waves produced by wave garden specifically wave garden cove technology and we got say its looks incredible. ever since the first idea of the wave bristol came about we have...