Keen to leave the white wash and tackle green waves? Here are some tips for anyone trying to get to the next level.
Finding The Right Wave
When you're surfing, it's essential to know how to pick the right waves. It determines the length and speed of your ride, as well as the manoeuvres you might be able to pull off. If you just started surfing stay where it's a little more shallow and try catch already broken waves. Once you get more confident and mastered your pop-up, try paddling further out to catch green/unbroken waves. I suggest to watch the waves for a while so you can figure out which way they waves are breaking and where to position yourself. Ideally, you will be looking for a wave that will peel down the line, not one that will close out immediately. Oh and if you're still learning, try to stay on the shoulder so you're not in the way of other surfers. :)
Trying to tackle green waves
You made it out the back and passed the white wash. Now it's time to wait until the right wave comes through. If you spotted one make sure you're in the right spot (be careful to not drop on in on anybody) and start paddling. When it comes to green waves you need to paddle a lot harder than when you try to catch white wash...(you may wanna do some push ups before your surf ;)) Once you feel the wave is starting to pick you up, push your upper body off the board, feel the momentum and quickly get to your feet. I know this is said a lot easier than done. It will take time to get on your feet quickly and keep the balance.
How To Master The Drop
Dropping into a wave seems to be everyones biggest fear at the start. It's easy to paddle and it's fairly easy to ride a wave once your on your board. BUT the drop makes it all a little more challenging... So here my tips to nail it:
- Paddle hard to gain enough speed.
- Have confidence. You need to be a 100% committed to the wave when taking off. 80% and you simply won't make it. Give a 100% and you'll see where it takes you. :)
- Make sure you always look up and in the direction you aim to go. Don't look at your feet and your board, you will loose balance quicker.
- Once you feel the momentum of the wave (this is important if you don't have enough momentum you won't be able to catch the wave), push your body off the board.
- Get on your feet in one smooth motion and as quickly as possible.
- MY TIP: practice pop-up's in your bedroom or the beach before your surf. This will help you to get used to the movement and will make it easier out in the water.
- Keep low. Bend your knees. This will help you to keep your balance and to be more in control of your surfboard.
So you mastered catching a wave, you're pretty confident standing up and keeping your balance, now it's time to try and do a turn. A good bottom turn will convert all the speed you created from your take off to shoot down the line and will help you with other manoeuvres you may want to try out later such as a cut back. So as you drop into the face of the wave, make sure you always keep low and bend your knees, look into the direction you want to go, shift your weight towards the inside rail . If you feel like you're loosing speed start carving small turns to help pump us speed. Remember always look in the direction you aim to go, you'll see you're body will move accordingly.
Hope this blogpost was helpful for you all! Now that you understand the basics and techniques go out and start practising. This sport is all about commitment, so keep at it even if it's just for a paddle! Once you caught your first wave you will never want to leave the water again :).
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