SURFBOARD SOCK GIVEAWAY

by Derek Dodds May 01, 2018

Wave Tribe

Here is a list of all 9 common types of surfers you'll meet in a surf camp.

Published by Wave Tribe

Important: All types and characters can be both male or female, alright? It doesn't make any difference.

Also for the record - I want to clarify that I do not judge any of the listed types of surfers. I am certain each and everyone has a reason for their behavior.

Types of Surfers (#1) -
The Surf Instructors

There is so much and so little to tell about surf instructors. For many, the surf instructors will always remain a huge mystery.

I think this may be owed to the fact that the surf instructors meet so many guests who come and go on a weekly basis.

This leaves no room to tell each and everyone your life story individually. And if a surf instructor tells his or her story, it's quite likely he or she will open up to one of the more beautiful beings of this planet.

Types of Surfers (#2) - The Owners

Let's continue with the top of the popularity scale, which leads us to those guys who were brave enough to open up a surf camp on their own.

In 90% of all cases, the owners of a surf camp are also extremely good surfers. As you can imagine, this only contributes to an even higher number of admirers and groupies.

The owners of a surf camp share the characteristics of ghosts. They fly by every now and then, are always busy and seemingly know and greet every single person they come across.

However, for the important events - like bigger party trips - the owners clear their schedule whenever possible and make sure to be present in person.

At the latest then, you realize that the owners are no spooks created by your hangover-mind. They really do exist.

Types of Surfer (#3) - Teamer & Staff

The teamers, chefs etc. are usually in a good mood. That's part of their duty, but the very laid back job makes it quite easy to be happy anyways.

Most teamers are either students who use their summer semester break to work in a surf camp. Or they are full-time nomads who choose to spend the winters working in beautiful chalets in the French mountains and their summers in surf camps.

Types of Surfers (#4) - The Beginner

The beginner visits the surf camp for the very first time. He or she is probably still a very innocent, pristine being that will return home completely changed.

1 or 2 weeks are more than enough time to get someone hooked on surfing.

In addition, it's very likely that a few months after leaving the camp, the beginner will apply for a teamer job at the same surf camp.

The kook unsolicitedly teaches the beginner how to surf, even though he or she is not good at it either.

— Derek Dodds, Wave Tribe Founder

Types of Surfers (#5) - The Ambitious One

The ambitious surfer has booked the surf lesson upgrade in advance. He wants to make sure he reaches his goals as fast as possible.

Even as greenhorn, he gets up at 6am, picks up a foamie and joins the surfers at dawn patrol.

He can't miss having surfed offshore winds before the first surf lesson of the day begins. That's very admirable in itself.

At least this way the ambitious surfer gets used to waking up early. His path is prepared for a golden future, where it actually makes sense for him to get up this early.

Types of Surfers (#6) - The Flirty One

I mean - this basically includes every single person in a surf camp, but some people just manage to stand out. Males and females.

The flirty one often doesn't even care if he gets to jump into the ocean during his stay. Much more, he is interested in "collecting" his next trophy.

Especially popular targets amongst the flirty ones: surf instructors, teamers, and camp owners.

Types of Surfers (#7) - The Underage One

Somehow you always come across a 17-year old in a surf camp. Even in a 18+ surf camp. That's why you constantly have to veer on the side of caution.

Often times, the young surfer books a trip with his older siblings, who guarantee their parents to take utmost care of the underage one.

"Nooooo, mom. Jeremy-Pascal won't drink any alcohol in the camp. We'll take care of that." they said and bumped into their younger sibling for the very first time at the end of their stay.

"Jeremy-Pascal??! You've been here as well!" Sometimes, the underage one simply lies in the booking process.

Types of Surfers (#8) - The Kook

The kook unsolicitedly teaches the beginner how to surf, even though he or she is not good at it either. You walk by and can hear the kook saying loud and clear: "The take off is most important and the name of the game!"

The more alcohol you pour into the body of the kook, the more dreadful are his stories. You hear him say something like . . .

"And then Kelly and I stood upright in the barrel, looked at each other, laughed and gave us a high five!"

At the beach, however, the tide is never right to surf or the swell is too small, so that you will NEVER see the kook in the line up.

Types of Surfers (#9) - The Hippie

You can find the Hippie seated on the skate ramp, wearing harem pants and having his or her eyes closed.

About 10 meters away, the surf camp crowd is going nuts, dancing to fats electronic beats to celebrate the last party of the week.

Only Buddha knows why the hippie chose to meditate in the middle of a serious party.

And now you tell me: what type of surfers are your friends?

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Surfboard Leashes

You Break It We Replace It in First Year. 

Buy a leash closest to your board size—i.e. for 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. 

All leashes are 7mm thick, competition leashes which are lighter/thinner 5.5 mm. 

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches. Thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pioneer Sizes:

All bags have interior pockets (fins, leash and wax), bags fit industry standards. 

Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. 

Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Surfboard Travel Bag Pockets Fin Wax Leash

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Travel Bags with Wheels - Fits Two Surfboards

New in 2016 is the double travel bag with wheels. Sometimes you want a smaller bag with wheels, now you can have it. All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Wave Tribe Wheelie Surfboard Travel Bags

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

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Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

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