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Weather flow

Ever heard of a weather meter for your iPhone? Introducing Weather Flow for iPhone, it's a neat little thing that I got for my birthday in March this year. I was pretty chuffed about it so I thought to do a quick article on what I think so far. So here is my amateur review since I'm no professional "reviewist person".

The Weather flow device itself fits snug in the palm of your hand, it is light in weight and blue in colour. The unit also comes in a tight little box case which houses the thing fine when you're not using it. It protects the blades which are the most sensitive part and you'll need a hard case like the one it comes in. I like that because unlike other products where you throw the box away, this one's box is quite useful. It plugs into a little hole in the same way it would in your iPhone as you can see in the pics below.

Weather flow box in hand Weather flow back of box Weather flow box from side
Weather flow out box Weather flow side view in hand Weather flow front view in hand

 

Positives

I was quite surprised how sensitive the blades were. I blew it and it picked up the speed quite quickly. It also seems pretty consistent with the weather charts, obviously the speeds are slightly different on the water especially if there are windless pockets on shore.

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Surfing Quotes

 

Here are some of the best surfing quotes of all time, enjoy:

 

“People come and go, but the waves keep rolling”
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Surf exercises

Let's face it, we could all do with a little more strength and fitness for our surfing enjoyment. It's no fun resting on the beach when the conditions are perfect, while at the same time you don't want to risk drowning from fatigue.

Fatigue in the water is a real issue and one of the common causes of drowning, but I'm talking about improving your performance.

By performance I mean:

  • Faster recovery times
  • Increased power
  • Increased stability and core strength
  • Increased lactic thresholds and strength endurance
  • Greater ROM (range of motion) and flexibility

Yes you can enhance these factors by exercise, sport specific exercises for surfing!

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Is windsurfing easy to learn?

I posted something similar to this earlier on regarding the difficult vs easy aspects of windsurfing. I also touched on the processes of learning for the first time. But for those who have never in their life tried to windsurf, you might wonder if the sport is easy or difficult to learn.

Windsurfing is not as popular as some of the other sports, such as football, tennis or swimming. Those sports also benefit from the fact that they’re also in our schools, social circles, coffee shops, parks and all over the media. So to ask the question, “Is soccer easy to learn” might seem easy to answer because almost everyone has kicked a ball at some point.

However, how many people do you know are windsurfers? Do you know someone who does this sport often enough to tell you what it’s like to learn the basics of the sport? Indeed, when you watch the professional s on TV it looks as though it requires the most talented of people and that it’s probably a very difficult sport to learn.

My bet is that this is a big contributing factor to why some of us don’t try it out. Some think it’s too hard to do so they take their kids to a soccer club or something more common.

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Is windsurfing easy or difficult?

I’m often asked if windsurfing is difficult and most assume that you need to be super strong to “hold the sail”. Understandably, it’s a reasonable question for anyone who hasn’t tried the awesomeness of this sport.

Obviously there are different levels of the sport each with its own level of skill and fitness demands.

Almost every “physical sport” on a professional level requires skill, practice and excellent fitness. Fortunately windsurfing covers all the extremes from easy to “just hanging on”.

Let’s look at some of the things that make windsurfing easy or difficult.

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Is windsurfing dangerous?

People windsurfing

I’m often asked about how safe windsurfing is, my answer is always the same, “it’s as safe you make it and as dangerous as you make it”. It’s safe enough for children and wild enough for adrenaline junkies.

When I say “safe”, I don’t mean that you can completely remove all the risks involved, that’s impossible to do with any sport. I simply mean ensuring that you avoid silly mistakes that could endanger you.

Let’s not forget that certain sports carry more risk than others and when you combine things like speed, water, waves, height and equipment the risks become greater. Obviously sports have different levels of danger and windsurfing has a wide range in its own, there are several disciplines and aspects. For example, if you’re windsurfing a big board, on flat water in 10 knots, it might be safer than going out in 40 knots, common sense.

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Jellyfish stings and allergic reactions

One of the most common wildlife encounters that all surfers have is with Jellyfish. For a lot of us they pose no threat, but for others they’re a real problem.

Obviously it depends on what type of animal it is, some are deadly such as the Box jellyfish and others like the Blue blubber are thought to be harmless.

What if you’re someone who gets localised allergic reactions from those “harmless” stings? Some of us end up with long lasting welts that are itchier than the itchiest thing you’ve experienced, worst of all scratching can sometimes make it spread. These reactions can last up to a month or more if not treated.

I’m one of those who react to almost all jelly stings. The sting itself is not so bad (provided it’s a harmless jelly) and for a moment it burns a little, but the horrible part is from the next day onwards.

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The 5 fastest windsurfers on Earth

 

#5 Patrik Diethelm - Switzerland - 50.62 knots (500 m)

Sail number: SUI 20
Weight: 92 kg
Height: 183 cm
Age: 41

Patrik achieved his fastest speeds at the Luderitz Speed Canal in Namibia. His speed records are quite something with a current average speed of 51.45 knots. Over the 500 m run he clocked in at 50.62 knots. His fastest speed of all peaked at 53.53 knots and his fastest run over 100 meters is currently 53.17 knots.

Patrik recored 52.21 knots over 250 meters.

 

#4 Bjorn Dunkerbeck - Switzerland - 51.17 knots (500 m)

Sail number: SUI 11
Weight: 102 kg
Height: 191 cm
Age: 44

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Top 5 annoyances of a windsurfer

Here are 5 annoying things which almost every windsurfer can relate to. If you're not a victim of the following 5 then you'll know someone who is. They're those things we don't talk about but do them anyway and most bizarrely, accept them all as completely normal. Although, when we're out of our "windsurfer mode" they are totally crazy.

For example, imagine doing #4 before going into a coffee shop.

#5 You leave your wet underpants on the back seat

How many times have you left your wet shorts / underpants in your car or in one of your containers? How bad did it smell when you discovered it was still wet a week later? Even worse, what response did the person have who had to wash them?

Hard questions, but surely what takes the cake is the fact that no-one washed them, so you just wear them again. What the heck, they're wet anyway plus the salt will kill any bacteria and a nasty rash won't hurt as much as missing out.

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We have just launched our brand spanking new blogging facility.

So then... what does this mean?


  1. One of a kind - run your own feature packed blog using epic features such as social integration, sweet editors and the latest micro-blogging software. If you're addicted to water sports and want to share your passions, then this is the only place you should post your articles.
  2. Team features - If you're a company, organisation or even a group of mates, then you can have a number of people blogging while representing a team profile.
  3. Do you have a flickr account? - You can integrate your blog by adding whatever images you like directly from your flickr collection. All your favourite surfing images can be posted instantly.
  4. Something for everyone - even if you don't write or blog, you can still read awesome articles here related to the love of windsurfing and other water sports.
  5. You don't need to be an expert - everyone has something to share and here you don't have to be a pro author or anything fancy. Just share what you like to those who relate.

 

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