Ready, Steady, Fall – Tips for Maximizing the Stoke this Season with LA Local Expert Giancarlo Ranaudo

There may be heatwave currently winding its way through Southern California, but it’s still officially Fall in the Northern Hemisphere.  That means an end to 8pm sunset surf and paddle sessions after work and eventually a cooling off of the ocean and the air.  We may not have extreme seasonal temperature fluctuations here in SoCal, but we definitely notice a change that affects our flow sport rituals & routines.  We caught up with Los Angeles Local Expert, Giancarlo Ranaudo, to learn more about how the onset of Fall changes his surfing flow and to get some sagely advice on how to maximize the fun during this time.

Q1: What’s the first thing you notice that tells you Summer is officially over and Fall has begun?

Need a colder wetsuit!

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Meet the Pro: Noa Hopper, Standup Paddleboard Racer

goFlow Community, meet San Diego local and Pro Paddleboarder, Noa Hopper.  Noa began SUPing at the tender age of 11, but began practicing other paddlesports long beforehand.

We had a chance to catch up with Noa after returning from some summer training in Hawaii to get the 411 on paddleboarding, his routine, why sharks rule and where to grab a scrumptious post-session burrito in San Diego.

 

Q – What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

 

Wake up and check the surf/wind conditions and decide if I’m gonna go for a paddle and/or surf. Then get a bowl of Life (cinnamon obviously), and if the surf is bad I’ll go through old GoPro clips and work on my surf/paddle edits.

 

 Q – When did you start Paddleboarding? And how did you find about it?

 

I started standup paddling when I was 11, but I’ve doing other paddlesports ever since I can remember. My dad was the head coach of the USA Dragon Boat team, so by the time I was 14 I’d been to China 17 times.

 

It really opened my eyes to see how the rest of the world lives, and gave me more initiative to try and change the world’s perspective on the ocean, specifically sharks. That’s why I’m taking Chinese in high school (Bishops) right now. I want to be able to convince people that sharks are not mindless creatures bent on killing every human in sight… That the ocean and the entire shark population is worth more than a bowl of soup (see shark finning).
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Q – What does your daily routine look like?

 

Wake up at 6 and go for a flat water paddle 8-10 miles out from South Mission Beach channel to Tourmo and back.

 

Meet up with the boys for breakfast at Konos (big breakfast, French toast) then go surf at a reef in LJ or SUP surf in Del Mar.

 

By then it’s 11:30, so we’ll go get burritos after at Robertos (California burrito with beans), then we’ll go hang out at Windansea for a few hours and try to get rid of my wetsuit tan.

 

Come home to refuel and take a nap, then go do a sprint workout on the SUP, then right after I’ll go for a 6-man outrigger practice from 5-7. Come home again for dinner then go hang out with some friends!

 

Q – Do you have any special exercise or diet as a Pro Athlete?

 

I’m not on any special diet or anything, but I try to be conscious of what goes into my body (i.e. cut back on burritos). Acai bowls are my favorite.

 

Q – What’s the most special experience you have had in the water while paddleboarding? 

 

I just spent the last month in Hawaii, and one day I woke up at 4:30 am because I was still on California time, and looked out at the ocean and saw some splashing about a quarter mile offshore, so I decided to go check it out..

 

It was sill kind of dark but the sun was just coming over Mauna Kea, so the ocean had a golden mist floating off it. I took a standup board out but the splashing had stopped by the time I got out there.

 

All of a sudden this dolphin maybe only 5 feet long jumped out of the water 20 feet from me. I dove in the water with my GoPro and there were hundreds of dolphins all around me.

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Q – What does ‘being in the flow’ mean to you?

Stay mellow, don’t be negative, always stand out.

 

Q – What’s your life motto?

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If nothing goes right… Go left. #sweeperlivesmatter

 

Q – What’s next for you?

 

A whole lot of training! Also Pacific Paddle Games in Dana Point is the next big Standup race for me so… Fingers crossed.

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If you’ve ever wanted to try standup paddleboarding (SUP) and live in the Los Angeles area, you can now book an Experience with one of our goFlow SUP Local Experts.  They will be your personal guide, showing you the basics of SUP at their favorite spots. You can also add meditation or yoga to the mix for an even more zenful experience.  If you book your Experience between now and Labor Day (9/5/16) you’ll get a 20% credit when you use promo code: LABORDAY or direct through this link on your iPhone:  https://on.goflow.me/LABORDAY

Meet The NEW goFlow

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We have been working extremely hard improving goFlow over the last few months and we are pumped to bring you the best version of the app to-date. We think you’ll find our focus on simplicity and usability manifested in the re-designed user interface, and the all-new features allow you to use goFlow like never before. OH YA, and all this awesomeness is now available on Android as well!

There’s a whole new way to share surf reports. Choose who sees your report or target your report towards a specific group of friends. Check the surf at your favorite spots faster than ever before. Share more of your session by adding up to 5 photos per surf report.

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See into the future with a FREE 7 day weather forecast integrated into each surf break: Wind, Swell & Tide costum made by stormsurf.com

Explore spots by region and report any misplaced spots on the map. Each spot has now its own gallery to make photo browsing easier and the experience is enhanced with a new full-screen photo viewer.

Get the new version of goFlow right here

What’s new in version 3.0

Check out our lovely redesign 🙂

  • Everything got a lot easier to use!
  • A cool new way to share your surf reports
  • Also share reports with just a small group of people
  • Quickly check for new reports at your favorite spots
  • Add up to five photos per report
  • Get weather forecasts for up to 7 days
  • Browse a spot’s photos in a gallery
  • Explore spots by region
  • Improved full-screen photo viewer
  • Easily tell us about misplaced spots and we keep a smooth experience for you 🙂
  • A lot more to come!

We listen to your feedback!!! Keep on sending it over and letting us know what you think 🙂

See you in the water,

Roni & the goFlow team

The new goFlow video is here!!!

It was an awesome summer day in the water and we had a blast filming.

Such a fun day surfing with our friends and shooting the goFlow video…
Well, this is what goFlow is all about?! 🙂


Directed by: Ricky Qi

We hope this video will make you grab your surfboard and run to the water! Don’t forget to share the surf conditions with your friends when you’re out there.

Cheers,

The goFlow Team

 

We were so stoked to work with acclaimed National Geographic filmmaker Ricky Qi who created this amazing clip. Ricky is currently directing a feature length documentary about the Moso people, China’s last matriarchal society.
Check out Ricky’s WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM to see more about his adventures in China.