Tribal University

History of Surfing

History of Surfing

There are few sports, or activities or pastimes for that matter, more steeped in history and cultural influence than surfing. How many sports can you think of that predates the written language as far back as 1700 BCE (before common era)? Since when does a sport correlate with your station in life as royalty or commoner? How many sports do you know of that was once not just an integral part of a s... »

Basic Paddle Technique

Basic Paddle Technique

Paddling is one of the least appreciated and one of the most critical aspects of surfing. Ineffective paddling means you’ll catch only a fraction of the waves you could be catching, and for those waves you do catch, you will find yourself in less than ideal positioning. Surfers spend well over three quarters of their time in the water paddling. For the few precious seconds you spend actually ridin... »

How Tides Affect Surf

How Tides Affect Surf

Tides are probably the most often used yet least understood reference to explain why the surf is breaking the way it is breaking. “The tide push will help.” “There’s just too much water – tide’s drowning everything out.” This all sounds very guru, but what does it all really mean? More importantly, how can we use tide information to help us find better waves? The good news is that tides are predic... »

Surfing Etiquette

Surfing Etiquette

Surfing is governed by an unspoken code of conduct which serves a purpose far more critical than in other activities. In surfing, there are no written rules or guides to follow, no signs telling you where you can go and where you shouldn’t. There is just you, the ocean, and everyone else in the lineup. Add to that the fact that there are more and more people joining that very lineup each year maki... »