Learning to catch a tube

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Rant - Learning to catch a tube

I find myself with a 3 week window end of May/beg of June to get as much surfing in before starting school fulltime and I really want to get barrelled (never have before and it's been about 5 years...) Does anyone one have a surf destination suggestion for consistent, 4-6 ft waves that tube, warm water, good for a beginner/intermediate surfer and also safe for a solo female traveler? Indo might be a bit agressive as I do still fall alot and I hear lots about how sharp the reef is...Australia, perhaps? Oh and also any advice on how to actually catch a tube would be great too :) Thanks!

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pickle_sf
4 years ago

i'm a girl and i've done a lot of traveling solo. indo is tubealicious, went in 2008 but you need to be a confident intermediate for sure, it's full on, you will scrape against reef. i'd recommend nicaragua at your time. it is south swells, steady offshores and there are both reef and beach breaks, so more friendly towards different levels. i went there 2 trips by myself and the people couldn't have been nicer AND it's dirt cheap. the biggest obstacle is the boy florida surfers... i'm kidding!

tuck in and hold on! hope it works out for you :)

sandcastle
4 years ago

http://www.surfline.com/video/trailers/the-sandspit-files_29043
Sandspit. Santa Barbara. Crowded but close, warm-ish, and safe.

H20MansLibrary
4 years ago

i'd say save some cash, get a friend and go to the mentwawais. it's got some of the best surfing with hard to mess up tubes. if not there, i'd recommend south shore of kauai in summer. poipu is good and, on the west shore, pakala. the problem with sandspit in SB is the infrequency with which it breaks, the intense crowds and the heavy drop. probably better once you have a few barrels under your belt.

sandcastle
4 years ago

@H2OMan - Tentatively planning a trip to Kauai. How intense is the crowd / local issue in your experience?

H20MansLibrary
4 years ago

depends where you go and depends how you act. :) summer breaks like poipu and pakala are fairly mellow. winter breaks like tunnels and hanalei can be more intense, but there are plenty of waves to be had. there are a ton of breaks all around the island that lure the locals, but when the popular ones are happening, people are on it. i haven't had any issues but i'll frequently sit inside and pick off the empties in order to avoid being outside jockeying for position and getting into scraps with people. i find that in hawaii if you are respectful and friendly, it goes a long way to having a great trip.

duckdive
4 years ago

i've taked a few trips to the hanalei bay area. i've always scored great waves and never had an issue with the locals. i haven't witnessed any problems either. it can be busy for sure, but always friendly.

Jesse R.
4 years ago

I surfed this spot for a week last August:

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=JGS002-065

At high tide with a good swell it got crowded and competitive but any other time it was very friendly. Day one I was pretty timid, prob only caught one wave. Then, day two I was again sitting on the shoulder for a while making sure I didn't snake anybody, etc just watching a great wave come in and the two surfers next to me (they had been out the day before too) started yelling at me to paddle -- I was so surprised I almost flubbed the take off. When I got back out they were all smiles and started giving me shit about whether I was there to surf or just enjoy the view. Anyways, the gave me the lowdown on the break and some of the locals and it was all for the good.

I do think it made a difference that I was extra careful, did not drop in, and only paddled for the good not the great waves.

jujutek
4 years ago

Nicaragua! Cheap. Barrels for days. Best if you go with friends and rent a beach house. Site below has tons of resources. Maps and such. Good luck!

Start here:
http://www.nicaraguasurfreport.com/informationa.php?subcat=27

tcannon
4 years ago

Again: I am available as checkable baggage. Might even fit into carry-on if I concentrate real hard.

tracey
4 years ago

Heck tcannon, if she picks a close enough break you could fly her there.

wildmansurf
4 years ago

Tubes = the mentawais
May - June is excellent time of year

checkout Surf Mentawai Company to get some help
http://www.surfmentawai.com

sereia
4 years ago

Thanks, everyone! This is super helpful. Never been to any of those places so really excited to see/surf something new. Would totally rather have buddies than go solo so if any SRers are free then and can fit into my board bag...

stratus
4 years ago

For tubes, I've been to both Indo and Nica. Nica in the summer can be maxxing and super heavy. Indo - specifically the island of Sumbawa was a bit more manageable. Persiscopes. Look it up. I learned how to get barreled on take-off there. Totally awesome.

cali
4 years ago

well, hate to be natty dread about Nica, but I would NOT travel solo there as a female unless you got hooked up with a well known surf camp. We have a lot near SJDS, and have been there a few years, know people etc. I even did some pro bono dental work there. ( Even though I am a physician; I learned quickly how to clean little teeth rotted by Coca Cola)

All of that was irrelevant to the three dudes in masks bearing machetes who invaded our rental one evening!! I am completely serious. The economy has hit very hard there, and some scary things are happening, in the south of Nica. I could tell you more offline. We were fine, they just stole everything they could get.

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