Surfing is a great sport, and one with which you can enjoy excitement and fun. You might think it looks easy and that all you have to do is stand on the surfboard and ride the waves. However, there is a technique to surfing and you must master this in order to do it well. To start, the surfer must paddle the surfboard about 50 yards out to sea to reach the point where the waves first break.
On the surfboard, the surfer floats until he/she reaches the break of a rideable wave. Then the surfer needs to point the board toward shore and begin to paddle as the wave approaches. As the wave moves beneath the surfer, the surfboard starts to slide down the face of the onrushing wave. This is when the surfer rises to his feet.
If you want to learn the techniques of surfing, then you have to learn to steer the board with your feet. Steering is possible by shifting the weight to the right or left rear of the board with the trail foot, while keeping the lead foot in place toward the center of the board.
There are other tricks and techniques such as turning maneuvers off the lip, cutbacks, floaters, tube riding, airs, and 360s. You can learn these by practicing, reading some books or watching instructional DVDs.
There are a lot of schools and summer camps where you can also learn how to surf. In addition to the traditional movements and turns, you also need to learn such techniques as how to develop your balance, use the water, to run or not to run, improve your side surfing, running big waves, and floating. Once you learn the basics of surfing you can learn how to do functional tricks, but starting out you need to learn how to stand and stay standing on the board.
Paddling arms is one of the hardest and trickiest things to do when you are learning how to surf. However, once you learn the basic techniques you can develop your own style or technique. You need to be patient, as it is time and practice that will give you the skill you need to be a great surfer.
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