The world’s most popular water sport, bass river surfing is one of the most popular forms of surfing, according to a study published today.
But while many surfers enjoy the thrill of the challenge of competing against a wave-shaped wave, for others the challenge is more akin to a roller coaster.
The study found that for surfers of all ages, levels of enjoyment and experience, and even the number of years they have been surfing, there is a clear correlation between the type of wave they enjoy and their satisfaction with surfing.
For instance, while a wave of moderate difficulty and difficulty at the bottom of the wave were found to be the most enjoyable for surfboarders, they were more likely to report that the wave was too hard to ride or too difficult to ride on.
“These findings suggest that the types of waves and their associated challenges and rewards are of critical importance to surfers who enjoy a high-level of challenge and reward,” the study said.
While some may prefer to ride waves at the top of the waves, others may prefer a more gradual, gradual-paced experience.
And the study also found that surfers tended to report more negative emotions than those who surfed at the very bottom of waves, and they tended to feel more positive emotions and satisfaction when they were competing against waves at a higher level.
The researchers found that the more they had done to prepare for a challenge, the greater the pleasure they felt when they competed against a challenging wave.
But for surfies who were just beginning to hone their skills, the pleasure and satisfaction was less pronounced.
“Surfing has long been associated with experiencing the thrill and excitement of the water, but this study highlights the importance of continuing to learn about the various types of challenges, challenges that are less stressful and challenges that challenge the surfboarder to be more confident and to achieve better outcomes,” said study author Dr. Stephen M. Meehan, a surf instructor at the College of Marin.
“As a surfer, there are so many different challenges to learn and master that it is difficult to plan ahead and plan out a long term surf training program,” he added.
The new findings are based on the 2012 Surf Life Saving Study, a nationally representative survey of more than 12,000 surfers in more than 130 countries.
Researchers surveyed the participants about their experience with waves, waves conditions and challenges, and surf conditions and surfers were then asked questions about their satisfaction and satisfaction with their experiences, as well as their enjoyment of their training.
Those who had done their training in the last year were also surveyed.
They were asked to rate their satisfaction, and then their satisfaction was compared with those who did not surf.
The findings were consistent across all the types and levels of challenge surfers reported they encountered, the researchers found.
“While this study does not reveal any definitive evidence of a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ wave type, it does suggest that, for many surf enthusiasts, there exists a strong relationship between the enjoyment and enjoyment of waves at each wave level and the enjoyment of surfboarding,” said Meehares co-author, Andrew Niedermayer.
The authors of the study, published in the Journal of Applied Research in the Behavioral Sciences, also note that they were able to identify the most challenging waves, which were also used in the study.
“To our knowledge, the study is the first study to use waves from the world’s best surfing venues to investigate whether surfers can consistently rate their enjoyment and satisfaction of wave-type challenges on a consistent basis,” said co-authors David W. Bittner, associate professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, and Mark A. Stebbins, associate director of the Surf Life Saver Research Center.
“Given the popularity of this activity among the general public, it is important to know how these waves compare with those in other water sports.”
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