How to get sponsored
Many aspiring body boarders wonder the same question. How can I get sponsored and become a Pro? Well if you are one of these body boarder�s here is some general helpful information to start you on your path. Most body boarders who want to be sponsored feel that they are talented enough. But what really makes them worthy to be given discounted or free product and even $ by a company. You need to prove to the company you can help 1.increase company sales,
2. Gain exposure for the company,
3. Create more brand or name recognition,
4. Help with product development.
If you can do these four things on any level you are worthy of some sort of sponsorship. What level of sponsorship you receive depends on how successful you are at these four things?
Lets start with #4. Helping with product development- this is an easy one for riders who love their gear �(boards, fin�s, leashes, tethers, rash guards, wetsuits, etc). First, You need to be aware what other people like about your companies product and why. This is a good reason to let your friends try out the product once and awhile so you can get their feed back to test it against your own. Trust me they will be stoked to try your new stuff. You should also be able to use your companies products and provide useful feed back on how it looks, how it feels, what conditions does it excel in, what conditions does it do poorly in, and more importantly how can it be made better. If you can a do this for your sponsor it will effectively creative a better product in the future and eventually help sell more of them.
Ok now lets look at #3. Creating brand or name recognition- this takes place every day all the time weather you are aware of it or not. T-shirts with logos, logo stickers placed strategically on boards, folders, cars and other areas that get attention. You need to actively let your community /surf area / even school or work see your sponsors logo or product. You do not need to be kooky about it just help make people aware what the logo stands for and what type of products it represents.
#2. Gaining exposure for the company. This is where it gets tricky. To gain exposure for the company you need to be in the public eye. Which entails being in Photos and interviews in magazines, newspapers or websites. Entering contests and doing well so you can attract interest to you and your sponsors will help. Surfing the best and sometimes most crowded waves so you can get noticed. Being showcased on videos and TV are another big way to increase exposure. Remember while you are getting exposure for your sponsor it is also benefiting you making you more marketable to other sponsors. Which could lead to more free stuff or $.
#1. Increasing company sales. For this you need to be smart you have to be able to have a direct link to your companies market. Be it at a local surf shop where you work or school or at the beach. You need to be able to show your friends and others how good the product from that company is no matter what it is. You also need to let them know where they can buy it. Even of you don�t work at a surf shop you can consistently visit and stop by your local shops making sure they are carrying your sponsors brand and always promoting it well .If you can show a company that you are directly helping them sell their products instead of their competitors then you will be able to really get something in return, depending on how much you sell. Being sponsored is about communication if you can communicate well with a sponsor and communicate to people to buy the goods you will succeed. Spending lots of time in the water just talking with people is a great way to start your communication skills. These are just a few good suggestions to get you started but there are other ways to do the things I have mentioned above. So if you want to stop wondering and start trying to get sponsored my advice is to go for it. It will be a rewarding experience with many new people to met on your journey, and who knows by being in the water doing what you love you may be able save or even make money at it.
How to find and maximize your speed
Speed is a crucial necessity for all of bodyboardings high performance moves. The best and easiest ways to capture speed on a wave is your bottom turn. A smooth bottom turn at just the right point on a wave will help slingshot you in to that perfect section to hit.
1.As you take off on the wave look for any chop back wash or object that will get in your path and slow you down. Also look for any side wave, surge or back wash which could help give you speed.
2.Then drop down the face of the wave and look to turn and engage your edge a bit past mid way or three forth of the way down the face, which will initiate your speed track. If you wait till the bottom of the wave some times you lose that power pocket. Unless the wave is significantly hollow or large then you need to make sure you are well locked at the bottom of the wave.
3.Now that you have finished your bottom turn you need to gain momentum on your board by moving forward towards the nose of the board creating your weight mostly on the rail while pushing down, up or along the wave face. This is called trimming you will soon hit a point of you maximum speed, and then you will start to lose speed unless the wave gets step again in which case you would be riding a long wave. You will want to optimally do your maneuver during this time when you have the most speed. Some times their will be a section to bust on some times not you will have to make your choice of pulling in to a tube, hitting a lip or doing a cutback or spin, to wait for the section.
(Hints) Look for step sections on the wave to increase you speed from section to section. Also bowling hollow sections help give you speed as you travel up towards the lip as the water is being forced in that direction as well, so if you can tap in to the waters speed you can help get that extra push when tiring to launch or do a move off the lip. Side waves a backwash will help give you speed if you are able to harness their power in to your advantage. Paddling hard and fast helps also to get extra speed as you take off on the wave .
How to get barreled. Part 2
Last month I explained how to get barreled. This month I will continue with some more helpful hints about how to ride the barrel. Now, if you take behind the peak and if you are late to pull in to the barrel, most likely the lip has already hit the water, then that is called back dooring the section. This is a critical moment as you enter the barrel you already are behind the section, which will put you deep in the barrel. This may sound good but be careful the deeper you get in to the barrel the more exposed you are to the barrels shock wave. That�s when the lip hits the water it sends a miniature wave racing back up the face of the barrel. You also have to negotiate the trough or trench when you are deep in the barrel and that is when the barrel flattens out and the wave stops pushing you along and you have to rely on the speed you have already to push you along and make it out.
When a wave is hollow enough it will spit which means it will force all the air in the barrel out of the opening in the front. The spit can be a great boost of speed when if it powerful enough, as it can end up pushing you along faster in the barrel. The best way to practice riding the barrel is to pull in to hollow close outs and try and ride as long as you can. This process should help you see what works for you to hold and edge and push through the shock wave and trenches while in the barrel. It is a trial and error experience and the more you get barreled the more chance you have of making it out of one. After that you will just be trying to stay in the barrel as long as possible. Enjoy the process, as it is a lot of fun, just make sure you don�t hit the bottom too hard.