Beginnerís Guide To Surfing

Beginnerís Guide To Surfing Related Information:

Surfing has got to be the coolest sport that exists – literally! If you want to surf there are some basic rules to follow and some simple lessons you need to learn.

Catching A Wave

The first thing you need to learn is how to catch a wave. Choose small waves that break at a point where you can easily walk out to. Ensure that there is no one else practicing in close vicinity for your own safety and that of others. Keep an eye on the waves coming in and choose one that is big enough to pick you up but not too big. Hold the board by your side with the nose facing the beach.

Just as the wave is about to reach you, push the board towards the beach and pull yourself on it and lie flat. Start paddling with both arms as the wave picks you up. You will feel the wave pick you up and give you speed. If you’re lucky, you just caught your first wave! It can take several tries before you get this right so fret not.

Learning To Paddle

Your position on the board is of prime importance. The body weight needs to be distributed along the center, the feet slightly off the back of the board and the nose of the board should be about two inches above the water. Maintain your balance on the board and reach out with one arm at a time and slice through the water much like when you are swimming. You don’t need to dig too deep. Just keep it nicely even and balanced.

Standing On The Surfboard or The Pop Up

This is the move from paddling to standing up. Getting to your feet from the paddling position is what surfing is all about. When you have paddled your way into position and are ready to catch a wave straighten your arms out in front of you and bring your legs up and under you. Plant your feet in the correct position for surfing. People who keep their left leg forward are called Natural footed and those who keep their right leg forward are called Goofy footed.

Once you’re standing up surfing is all about balancing your way back to shore!