60-sec Refresher in Ultimate Boogie Boarding!


A little history first~

Did you know boogie boarding only came to existence in the last half century?
That’s right! Boogie boarding first started up in the 1970’s when surfboard builder Tom Morey took a break from his surfboarding business and made his first prototype of today’s boogie board (back then called a S.N.A.K.E.-side, navel, arm, knee, elbow) His invention caught on quickly and by the late he was producing 80,000 to distribute all across the states!

Now everyone can boogie board by simply taking a board and riding it in the ocean.
But if you want to boogie board with STYLE, follow these quick tips:

Step 1: Get the Gear
Depending on where in the ocean you want to board, you will need all of the following equipment:
boogie board: You want to first make sure you have the right type of board for you height. You want to make sure it comes up to your belly button when you place it standing up beside you.
pair of swim fins: Although not absolutely needed, a good pair of fins will allow you to get a maximum speed and velocity on a wave.
Leash:When you buy the boogie board, make sure it comes with a leash so in case you eat a wave, you can retrieve your board!
wetsuit: For the naturally cold-blooded folks 🙂
rashguard: A rashguard is a shirt made of stretchy-like material that is designed to put under a wetsuit. It’s primarily used as a protection layer or as an alternative to a wet-suit.

Step 2: Find the sweet spot
Before you choose any ocean, read up on the natural length of the wave currents during the time of day you want to board. This will ensure that you don’t have any disappointment in tiny waves when you get to the beach!

Step 3: The Ride
-Once you found your sweet spot, start by placing yourself on the board entirely in the ocean. Make sure the back end of the board is at your waist and your feet are hanging off at the end.
-Grip the nose of the board with your hands
-Start by paddling your feet to gain momentum

Now hang loose and ride the waves! 😀

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AmpSurf Amped to Help Amps Surf!


Ocean enthusiasts and generous individuals are doing their part to help, support and inspire members of the community with disabilities, especially “our veteran heroes.” AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that has been in operation for over 9 years. Their goal is to “Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in.” Program supporters advocate the healing power of the ocean, and strive to share that power with anyone in need of rehabilitation, be it mental or physical.

 AmpSurf encourages everyone to be involved with the organization. Whether you are a veteran, or person with a disability, or just simply want to help out with an awesome cause, then AmpSurf wants YOU.

You can participate with AmpSurf in a variety of ways—volunteer, participate, sponsor or donate. Additionally, AmpSurf hosts many events throughout the year that are open to the public. The next event the organization is putting on will take place on May 14 at Encinitas Moonlight Beach in Southern California followed by the Central Coast for the Wine, Waves, and Beyond in Pismo Beach, June 2-5.  More information about the event can be found here. AmpSurf encourages participants to contact their office beforehand in order to be sure specific disabilities can be accommodated.

Check out AmpSurf’s website for more information. If you decide to participate or volunteer, please send us your story!