8 Tips For Learning How To Surf
August 16, 2015 at 8:47 am
Surfing is one of the most exciting sports that anyone can learn, not only is it great for your physical fitness, but you will also meet some great people along the way.
Always check out the surf/sea
Experienced surfers will always keep their eyes peeled on the horizon, preparing for any surprises that the ocean may throw their way. The most dangerous thing you can do when surfing is to turn towards the beach as you may end up crashing head first into the coral or sand. As a beginner it is easy to forget that a wave can approach you from any angle at any time.
Watch out for Rip Currents
Rips are both fantastic and dangerous. Before entering the water you should always have an idea of where the rip currents are, which direction they are running and how far out to sea that they go. Good surfers will use rips to help them navigate out the back, but they can also be very dangerous if you lose your footing and cannot swim well. It’s important to learn to read the ocean before paddling out and to just flow with any rip currents.
The Sea is extremely strong you will learn very quickly that you need to be able to paddle powerfully when you go surfing. In order to do this you will need to ensure your paddling technique is correct and work on your surf training. A lot of surfers lose their momentum and energy because they are unable to generate good levels of speed and power when paddling.
Wax every inch of your board
Many learners forget to apply wax to the areas where their hands go thinking they will only need wax for their feet, but this is important as it prevents you from falling when popping up. When surfing you will be moving your feet to different areas so it is important that you have as much surface area covered for the best possible grip.
Catch the waves before you stand up
Many learners make the mistake of thinking the goal is to stand up, this comes second. Firstly you must use your paddle power and surf training to catch the wave. Only after you have caught the wave and you feel its power can you then standup and start surfing. The only exception to this rule is when using a stand up paddle board.
Understand your limits
It can be easy to look at large breaking waves and assume they are small and simple to surf. When you paddle out to sea you might realize you are out of your comfort zone. Surfers enjoy pushing themselves into larger and faster waves, but it’s also important to know what your level is and avoid dangerous situations by going surfing in weather conditions that may be too much for your current skill levels.
Learn in a comfortable and enjoyable environment
learning to surf should be an enjoyable experience, however this is easier said than done when you are freezing cold or in a place that is swarmed with rocks and reefs. Learn to surf in a spot that has relatively small waves and in a warm environment so that you can spend more time in the water practicing and perfecting your technique.
Avoid the impact zone
The impact zone where waves are consistently breaking and experienced surfers are taking off from is the most dangerous area for any new surfer to be. If you get trapped in this area, point your board towards the beach and go in for a rest before moving further down the beach to paddle out again.