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The Banzai Blog – by Jaz Kaner

The Banzai Blog – by Jaz Kaner

Ten Things All Surfers Know

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1)  Crossing hot sand with bare feet, aim to step in the deepest footprints – it’s cooler there. And of course, the white lines on...

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Surf Slang

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Surf Slang

Talking ‘Dude’ 101 Surfing carries a long tradition of slang terms. Most of us know the old-school terms like ‘wipeout’ and ‘cowabunga’. Here’s a list...

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How to Surf – Your One-Minute Surf Lesson!

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Surfing Basics FIRST: • Location Location: Start in a surfing area that’s within your abilities. Ask around. • Always start off with a BIG board,...

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The HoLtZ!

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The HoLtZ!

Chris Holtz has been coming to Banzai Surf School every week for the past four years. It might seem like he should’ve ‘graduated’ by now,...

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The Problem with Groupon Surf Lessons

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Most reputable surf schools won’t offer Groupon surf lessons; Underpaid and overworked instructors is a recipe for disaster. Cheap equipment doesn’t help either.

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Huntington Beach “Sharknado”

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Huntington Beach “Sharknado”

The shark scare in Orange County is a non-issue. Not only that, these little sharks may be a good thing.

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How to choose the best summer surf camp

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How to choose the best summer surf camp

School or Camp: Though the terms are used interchangeably, when I speak here of a ‘surf school’, I think of a place – perhaps open...

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The Stingray Shuffle

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The Stingray Shuffle

Confession: I may be the only surf instructor in Huntington who hasn’t been hit by a stingray. I’ll credit this to two things: • My...

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More Surfer Jokes

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More Surfer Jokes

A little boy is learning to surf, and when he and the father get to the beach, once again, the waves are windy and sloppy....

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Buttons Remembered

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Buttons Remembered

One of my oldest friends passed away today. Buttons Montgomery Kaluhiokalani lost his fight with cancer. He was 54. Buttons had a list of surf...

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What about Sharks?

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What about Sharks?

If you’re worried about a shark attack in Orange County, you might as well start buying lotto tickets; You’ll have better odds. Yet I still...

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US Open of Surfing Survival Guide

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US Open of Surfing Survival Guide

  Every year Huntington Beach California hosts the biggest surf contest in the world, and the word ‘big’ doesn’t apply to the wave size –...

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The Sand

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The Sand

The Sand Once, I filled my car with sand. OK, “filled” is an exaggeration – it was ankle deep. Looking back, I must have really...

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How to pick a Surfing Wetsuit

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How to pick a Surfing Wetsuit

In California, getting your first wetsuit is more important than getting your first board. Your first surfboard will likely be big (or it SHOULD be)...

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What to Bring to a Surf Lesson

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What to Bring to a Surf Lesson

What to Bring to a Surf Lesson This should answer one of our most common questions here at Banzai: What should we bring? Here’s the...

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ADVANCED SURFING: HOW TO DO A PERFECT TAKEOFF

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ADVANCED SURFING: HOW TO DO A PERFECT TAKEOFF

  The takeoff will always be the hardest part of wave riding. Here, I’ll talk about the more advanced skill of catching an unbroken wave....

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Learning How to Surf – Going all the way (out)

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Learning How to Surf – Going all the way (out)

Mistake #3. Going “All the Way Out Where the Other Surfers Are” This is an understandable mistake that a surfing beginner makes. You pull up...

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Learning How to Surf – Location, location…

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Learning How to Surf – Location, location…

2. The Wrong Place – Surfing is like real estate: Location, location, location. The ideal beginner wave offers a long, gently rolling break that crumbles,...

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Learning How to Surf – Biggest Mistakes Beginners Make

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Learning How to Surf – Biggest Mistakes Beginners Make

1. The Wrong Surfboard – I get a lot of students who call and tell me they ‘already have a surfboard’. Most of the time...

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Patching Soft Surfboards with a Hot Glue Gun

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Patching Soft Surfboards with a Hot Glue Gun

Did you know you can patch your soft board with a hot glue gun? This also works on fiberglass boards, but for now I’m talking...

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The Malibu Theme Park

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Published in “Surfer Magazine”, November 1997   THE MALIBU THEME PARK By Jaz Kaner   Twenty yards out a dark fin broke the surface.  I...

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Surfer ‘Light Bulb’ jokes

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Here’s the collector’s edition of…. “Jaz Kaner’s Lightbulb jokes for Surfers” (Originally published in Surfer Magazine, 2001) Q: How many surfers does it take to...

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Surfing 101

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If I had to distill years of teaching into a few seconds, those are the four biggest points. There are exceptions, and of course, there’s a ton of other safety issues, skills, and fine tuning that a good surf instructor will give you. Surfing can’t be learned from a book – there are too many variables.

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