Aloha is a word with many
meanings. It can mean Hello, Goodbye, Love and also I Love You!
Below are the traits of each character in the word ALOHA, that express
the charm, the warmth, the sincerity, the generosity, and the love of
an intangible substance or a spirit known to many in Hawaii Nei as "ALOHA".
A -akahai: Which means kindness
to be expressed with a feeling of tenderness
- lokahi: Which means unity to be expressed with a feeling of
O - olu`olu:
Which means agreeable to be expressed with a feeling of pleasantness
H - ha`aha`a:
Which means humility to be expressed with a feeling of modesty
- ahonui: Which means patience to be expressed with a feeling
Teaching surfing with the Aloha Principle in mind is at the heart of
our philosophy. We feel that teaching surfing in this way will not only
enrich the students experience but also shine positively on others.
1. When in
doubt don't go out
not familiar with a surf spot and you're alone, you should definitely
not go out.
If the waves
are bigger than you're used to, and you're feeling more fear than
butterflies, don't go out.
not feeling well, not 100%, don't go out.
turn your back on the ocean.
- Waves can sneak up on you,
so always keep an eye out, especially when you are getting in and out
of the water.
- The ocean is a continually
changing, dynamic environment; playful waist high surf can turn life
threatening rapidly. In the end it is up to you to be aware of your
- When in the ocean always
keep an eye open for the unexpected; marine life, boat traffic, rip
currents, other surfers and water goers, etc.
overestimate your ability or underestimate the power of the ocean.
- The ocean can put you in
your place even if you are in great shape. So if you haven't been surfing
in a long time and are kind of out of shape, pick a spot that has small
waves and no current.
- The ocean is more powerful
than any of us; it is up to us to use caution when we are in and around
you get caught in a current it is best to go with it and swim at a 45-degree
angle to get out of it.
- Even the strongest swimmer
can tire trying to fight a current. Learning about the different kinds
of currents will make you a much safer ocean user.
- Help others to recognize
currents." Surf aloha, live aloha."
about the place you are going to surf by sitting on the beach and watching
for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- There is a lot to learn
by sitting on the beach before you go out surfing and it's FREE! Since
waves come in sets, you can learn how big the sets are. You can also
learn the period of time between sets and that can make your paddle
out a lot easier.
- Take time to observe where
and how the waves are breaking.
- You can also watch the
surfers and all their different styles of riding waves.
- If someone loses their
board, you can observe where the waves and currents will take it. That
information can make a big difference if you lose your board.
be aware of others in the water. You may need to help someone out.
- Part of being a good surfer
and water person is being ready to help others. The ocean is for every
one and by helping out others, you are truly living Aloha.
- Take a water safety course
and carry a floatation device with you.
- There are many ways to help
a person in distress in the ocean. Sometimes it is best to call 9ll
so that professionals can help out. Use your cell phone to make the
call and stay to keep an eye on the person in distress and direct the
if you surf with a leash you should learn how to hold on to your board
so it doesn't hit other people.
- Today many people learn
to surf with a leash connecting them to their boards. This can speed
up the learning curve, but comes with drawbacks. Even with a leash,
you must be a competant swimmer. You never know when your leash might
a first aid kit with you; you never know when it may be needed.
- Many surf spots aren't
near help and if you have a first aid kit it can mean a lot to someone
a strong swimmer and practice holding your breath both in and out of the
- I can't stress this one
enough; you can't be a good surfer if you don't know how to swim well.
- Practice holding your breath
in a controlled environment. This will help your body become more accustomed
to it when you are in the very uncontrolled environment of the ocean.
ocean safety courses and learn from the professionals.
- There are different types
of water safety courses that you can take. Find one that suits your
needs and comfort level.
1. When in
doubt, don't go out!!!!!!!!!
- Be honest with yourself,
if things aren't feeling right, don't go out!
- Surfing is a life long journey,
so be around for it!
- Learn to trust your intuition.
2. It is best
to use the buddy system and surf with a friend.
- It is not only nice to
have a friend to surf with but also nice to able to look out for each
other. Share the stoke and surf with a friend.
surf etiquette and living with aloha will get you a long way in the surfing
world and in life.
- Don't go to the school of
hard knocks; learn surf etiquette as you learn to surf.
4. Be a strong
swimmer, your leash will break some day and you may have to swim a long
way to shore.
- Along with developing your
swimming ability you should also develop your knowledge of wind, waves
and currents. This will help you in many ways, including knowing which
way to swim when you lose your board.
5. Learn how
to relax and be comfortable in the water.
- There is no better way to
get comfortable in the ocean than spending a lot of time there. If you
are serious about getting good at surfing, go surfing as much as you
6. Give waves
to other people, it will put a smile on their faces and yours too. "Surf
Aloha, Live Aloha"
- On of the nice things about
surfing is sharing the experience, believe me, it comes back to you
7. Keep in
mind; what goes around comes around!
- Treat others the way you
would like to be treated.
8. Spice up
your surfing by riding different kinds of surfboards and different kinds
- There are so many kinds
of waves and boards and so many styles in surfing, have fun and experiment.
your upper body and legs.
- One of the best ways to
build your upper body for surfing is paddling; some people like to get
paddleboards and paddle in rivers, streams and the ocean.
- There are many ways to build
up your leg strength, find ones that suit you.
- A good surfing body is one
that is toned and not overly muscular.
paddling a lot.
- There are
many different paddling techniques, try them out and see what works
best for you. The main thing is that you become a strong and confident
your swimming ability.
- Since the water is so cold
in Northern California, pool swimming is a great way to get your training
12. Watch how
others ride waves and learn from it.
- One of the great things
about surfing is watching other surfers ride waves. There are so many
different styles, find your own!
- Watching surf videos is
a good way to study people's styles. Pay close attention to how a surfer
shifts their weight as they ride a wave.