In our last post we started our ranking of the 10 top advices for good surfing with the first five ones. Today we are going to reveal the five last ones so you can start riding the waves like a true professional.
6. Learn to crawl
Before entering the sea the best is to take baby steps and build a firm foundation. Position the board on the shore and notice how it rests on the water: it will lay flat on the sea surface. When you lie on it, it should be in the same position but slightly lower. If the nose rises or dips below the water, slide forward or backwards in order to balance the center of gravity. Crawl with long and steady strokes, with cupped palms and trying to immobilize your body.
7- Into the water
Your surf training starts in the whitewaters. Here you will learn to master the pop up skill and to stand on the board. This is the best place to train this skills as whitewaters keep the board horizontal over the water – they will give you time enough to train your position.
8- Go get’em!
The whitewaters will also provide you with waves to practice. Go straight into the wave with the board as perpendicular as possible. Try not to hit the wave but take advantage of its momentum and let it carry you. It is not how hard you paddle – it is how well you take advantage of the strength of the sea and the currents.
9- Choose the waves
For the beginners, the bigger the wave, the better. But any expert surfer knows the importance of knowing how a wave will be breaking in order to choose the right ones. Watch for the higher sections of far-away waves – if its crest is leveled, the wave will close. Before riding the waves, let them pass you and check if your guess was right by watching how they break.
10- Follow the rules
Surf is a free and individualist sport, but its practice is governed by unwritten rules based mainly on respect. If you follow them from the beginning, it will be highly profitable for you when sharing the waves with advanced surfers. Wait your turn in the lineup: though as a beginner you will probably be riding a longboard (that will let you paddle faster), do not outrace surfers on shortboards. And never catch a wave when there is another surfer on it. Pay attention so you can stay in good terms!