For beginner surfers, one of the best things to learn faster and get amped to surf is to listen to tips and stories from more experienced and professional surfers. They have been through everything. They were beginners some decades ago, so they know exactly what to tell you to do and not to do and can give you some tips for beginners.
Tips for Beginners
To learn from our mistakes is a smart thing, but it is even better if you can learn from other people’s mistakes, so you don’t need to live some unfortunate moments to grow. So please, pay attention to every tip that a pro surfer gives you and try to remember them later, when in the water. This will make a big difference on your learning curve and confidence.
Below are some important tips that pros would give you, as beginner. Take note please:
- Stand on your tail: Today’s surfboards aren’t designed for you to place your back foot anywhere but on the tail. With all the intricate contours shapers are putting from the fins back, you’re doing yourself and your board a disservice by having your back foot not over that part of the board. Basically, the last eight inches of your board — directly over your cluster of fins — is the sweet spot.
- Surf through your hips: Use your core to rip. You shouldn’t be leading your turns with your arms; it looks ugly and has no substance behind it, meaning you’ll be surfing weak. Instead, focus on using your hips as a swivel point.
- Be patient: Taking your time and waiting for that correct wave will make your surf much more enjoyable as you will achieve your goal of making more waves, fitting in with the rhythm of the ocean & lowering your dumping rate. Take only what the wave offers you and wait for a proper section to maneuver off. Tap into the flow of the wave and look down the line to see what it’s going to do. You’ll see a lot of guys try to force maneuvers into a section or spot that it doesn’t fit into. Don’t force things, let them come to you.
- Position: Having the correct position on your board and in the water will also help in achieving your goal in making more waves, it is also so you do not endanger yourself or others from nose diving and even breaking your board. Sitting 10-15 feet outside where the waves break will give you enough time to paddle 5-10 feet (3 to five strokes) and catch the wave before it starts to break or dump on your head.
- Breath: Proper breathing from when you paddle out to paddling & catching a wave is so important. I recommend, In through the nose & out through the mouth technique, you will get oxygen throughout the whole body and your power will come from your lower abdominals needed for that extra paddle.
- Equipment: Choosing the correct surfboard, board shorts, wetsuit, leash, wax, tail pad & fins can all help make your surfing easier or make things harder.
- Be a skater: Getting a skating mindset and practicing certain moves over and over again is a good way to learn airs. For turns, it’s still repetition, but it’s more about going out and learning how to read waves and adapt to them.
- Find a pusher: Surf with people better than you. This relates to anything. It’ll always help you progress. But, don’t let it defeat you and make you bummed out.
- Record and watch videos of your sessions: As confronting as it can be, watch footage of yourself at least once a month. I feel that this has to be the best way to learn. You can compare it to your favorite surfers, see what they have that you’re lacking, see where you can improve. Even for the pros, now, they’ll go and have a surf and feel like they were was ripping, then after seeing the footage they get bummed. Think about what looked good, how it felt and how to do that again.
- Be a groupie: Free surf near WT or prime events whenever you can so you can watch pros in the water.
- No crazy eyes: When you go free surfing you need to take it as a new experience and not put pressure on it. The coolest stuff happens when you’re having fun. Go out with an open attitude. If you’re having a good time and not worrying about falling off, it reflects in the way your session goes.
- Know your mood: Your surf can be dictated by your mood. If you’re super amped-up on coffee and want to go out and do a million of the sickest turns or biggest airs, you’re going to go and try it. Not to say you’re gonna do it, but you’ll at least have the energy to try. There’s also times when you just want to cruise and trim. The mood’s set before you paddle out.
- You can do anything: View a trick as achievable. Everything takes a certain type of wave. There’ll be things that you think are unachievable until one day you surf a wave that’s perfect for that trick. Then you try it and go, wow, it is achievable. You get that little bit of inspiration and then you know what to go for when those conditions are right.
- Get competitive: Recognize your competitiveness and play to your strength. Competitiveness isn’t something you can force. Everyone’s competitive to an extent, but it’s the people who aren’t afraid of losing or looking silly who learn the most. There’s always people who are too worried about how they’d look if they lost. Competitiveness is always there, just in different forms.
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