Friday, December 11, 2009

Krochet Kids: Buy a hat. Change a life.

Here is a real cool non-profit out of my home state of Washington. They have set out to fight poverty with hats. They have some really cool hats, scarves and sticker packs available on their website and the profits from every sale go to help impoverished women in northern Uganda. Check 'em out!


To empower people to rise above poverty.


To create sustainable economic development programs that support holistic growth of individuals and communities within developing nations.

To inspire the knowledge of a generation about their ability to bring change to a world that is in need.

Krochet Kids : Rough Cut from Krochet Kids International on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to Duck Dive a Surfboard

Hey gang,

We're back with our weekly installment of FAQs. Today's question relates to 'duck diving' - the technique surfers (on smaller boards) use to get under incoming waves while paddling out past the breakers. Duck diving ensures that you don't waste all of the swimming energy you use to paddle out by getting washed back towards the beach by an oncoming wave. It is especially useful at beach breaks or on days when waves are very frequent and you cannot paddle outside to get a clean swim. NOTE: It is difficult if not impossible to duck dive a longboard...instead you should use the 'turtle roll' technique which we will also cover in this post.

DUCK DIVING: While it may not look like it, duck diving is actually pretty tricky, and can be very hard to learn at first. We recommend practicing in small conditions (or even in a pool or flat water) at first and then moving on to bigger waves. Here are the steps involved:

1. Put your hands on the rails out in front of you and push down, as if you were doing a push up. This should sink the nose of your board underwater.
2. Keep your arms straight and lean forward to help get more of the board under the water.
3. Place a foot or a knee on the board and take a breath as you submerge your entire board underwater, just as the wave is about to roll over you. Keep your board angled downwards and lay flat. 'Scoop' or arch your board and your body under the wave.
4. Aim your head and the top of your board at the surface just behind the wave.
5. As you emerge from the water you should be in position to start paddling again.

Here is a great video to watch that demonstrates what I just attempted to explain. (Bonus: I am pretty sure the soundtrack for this video is from the N64 classic Diddy Kong Racing)

Turtle Roll All you longboarders out there who can't duckdive your sticks are going to need to learn to 'turtle roll' under waves while paddling out. Here are the steps to a turtle roll:

1. As the wave approaches, paddle towards it and roll your board over on top of you just before it reaches you.
2. Pull the board down towards you, trying to stay upright/vertical in the water with the board on top of you. This should form a "T" shape and allow you to act like an anchor.
3. Pull down and thrust your board forward through the wave by kicking against the water.
4. Once the wave has passed over you, flip your board back over, climb aboard and resume paddling!

Here is another video that will probably better illustrate my explanation. These crazy Aussies call it an 'Eskimo roll' but it is the same thing. Fast forward to 3:38 in the video.

-CRSI Tamarindo

Some New Vids!

Here is the newest lesson video from CRSI featuring Xander, Genevieve, Michelle and Alex!

And here is a video of a surprised Kitty. Priceless!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Earn college credit while learning Spanish and Surfing

Hello gang,

Wanted to remind all past students and prospective students that you can earn University credit this summer while studying at CRSI through SG Spanish Schools.

They have partnered with CRSI and CSI to offer surf and Spanish programs for which students can earn up to 2 semester courses worth of University or Junior College Spanish credit. Waves + Spanish + awesome nightlife = credit? Sounds like a sweet deal. I wish I was still in college....seriously.

You can register either on the CRSI website or the SG Spanish website.

In other news, here is another weekly installment of our favorite tunes of the week. Feel free to comment, add links to other tracks or just heckle.

Aretha Franklin: - Think

Calvin Harris - The Rain

Moka Only (Ft MF Doom) - More Soup

Blakroc (Ft Nicole Wray and NOE) - Done Did It



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

****New CRSI Rashguards****

Check out the new murdered out Costa Rica Surf Institute rashguards! Dope.

also new pics and vids are up for the week Costa Rica Surf Institute Pics Fall 2009