Thursday, December 23, 2010

Surfing in Australia -- Never mind the myths, check out the facts

The mythology of Australian surfing gets both overdone and underdone occasionally. The underdone version would make anyone think all you needed to surf in Australia was a pool cleaner, and the overdone version would have anyone learning ballet rather than surfing.


The beaches
Australia is very well laid out for surfers- Beaches everywhere around the country. Some beaches are great, some are like mazes:

  • Currents: If you’ve always wanted to see South America, Antarctica or Eastern Africa, some currents will be happy to oblige. Keep an eye on these things, and check them out with the locals.
  • Rips: You’ll find all the experienced local surfers have a lot of respect for rips. These things get nasty, and even strong swimmers can get into trouble.
  • Rocks: The Australian coast has a lot of very large coastal rock formations which extend offshore in some pretty unlikely places. You do need some local knowledge for the rocky beaches.
  • Life savers: These guys know what they’re doing, and if you’re in trouble they’ll risk their own lives to help. So pay attention if they say something’s not a good move, they mean it.
  • Popular beaches: Some beaches, like Bondi, are good surf beaches with a sad habit of attracting civilian non-surfers. Play safe, because these big crowds tend to be exactly where you don’t want them to be.
  • Bush beaches: The really wild surf beaches, particularly in Western Australia, are brilliant, but being out in the bush without some backup can be a real problem. You need good communications and to know how to get help when you need it.
  • Beach campsites: Check out any local dangers on land and sea before setting up camp.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Skx173 Diving Watches Review

The Seiko SKX173 Automatic Dive Urethane Strap Watch is the most popular of the best classic dive watches for sale today.The watch is very easy to read. You can read the time at one glance. It is because Seiko SKX173 have the white-colored hands and markers on the flat black history. It is also 21-jewel automatic winding timepiece. What is so good about winding functions , this watch will keep working when you wear it or during everyday routines for instance working or driving a car. This wristwatch doesn't have battery power, and no need to worry about dead timepieces since it will keep powered as long you put on your wrist. Count on me! This vintage design and style Seiko dive watch also got features such as the scratch-proof hardlex crystal clear crystal, light case, easy to read bar markers, and lumibrite technology display that makes this watch very easy to read whether on nights or while you scuba diving into the deep ocean. The Seiko SKX173 also looks excellent for daily use, besides for scuba diving activites.

Whether you are a scuba diver or not, you need to take a glance at the water proof features of your wristwatch. Water-resistance ratings are listed in specified depths, generally in meters. The depth ranking actually shows the results of tests performed in a stress chamber, and not sea depths. This wristwatch tested to two hundred metres and complies with all ISO requirements. If you are still making a decision what one divers wristwatch you should prefer, then the Seiko SKX173 is the best pick .