Surfing is always exciting and cool. That’s precisely why more and more people are into surfing now. Surfing is a sport that requires a lot of skills and knowledge. So, to help you with that, I have some prepared some surfing tips for beginners.
Soft-top surfboards are great option for beginners and not to mention the best-selling surfboards in the world. The reason is that soft-top surfboards are great for people who are still learning. The top is soft, so don’t be afraid of hitting it while surfing. Your body will be able to take the abuse, believe me. All in all, soft-top surfboards are fun and a great entry-level board.
Practice your pop up
Pop up is the crucial move that prepares you for the incoming waves. If you can’t do pop up properly, you will end up wasting your time because you won’t be able to ride any waves. So don’t waste your time and start practicing your pop up. To start, place your board on the beach, lie on top of it facing forward, and with one fluid motion, push your body up with your arms upward until you are standing. Do this over and over again until the movement is ingrained into your brain. Then, you are ready for the waves.
Find the sweet spot when paddling
The reason why surfers are able to catch the waves is that they have trained their senses. To train your sense, start by finding the sweet spot when paddling. Some beginners tend to paddle too far back on their boards, making them go slow. But paddling too far up on the boards Is making the nose poke underwater. So, find the sweet spot before you start practicing riding the waves. Once you found the spot, mark it with a piece of wax.
Prepare to fall flat
Obviously, you are going to fall a lot while surfing. Even experienced surfers are going to fall a lot. So, when you do, make sure you always fall flat. Fall nice and flat is the best way to not injure yourself. Never ever fall headfirst off your board, even falling off feet first can be dangerous for you considering the uneven nature of the seafloor. So always try to fall on your back or side flat on the water if possible.
Get away from the crowd
Surfing is not something that you can do while many people are around. This is why experienced surfers tend to stay away from popular spots in the area. Besides, popular spots are usually only populated by surfers who have been there for years and know how to get the best waves. Surfing somewhere away from the popular areas could get you more waves, and you can practice more this way.
Bend your knees not your back
Most beginners make the mistake of bending their backs. Always bend your knees when you get on a wave, instead of your back. This way you can have better balance and absorb the energy of the wave.
Have fun surfing
Well, there you have it, guys, some surfing ideas, and tips for beginners. At the end of the day, all you need to do is have fun. The more you improve, the more fun you are going to get with surfing. Soon, you can be at one with the wave and ride it naturally.
Kenneth is a proud native of sydney, born and raised there. However, he pursued his education abroad and studied in Australia. Kenneth has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, making valuable contributions to prominent publications such as Yahoo News and The Verge. Currently, he serves as a journalist for The Hear Up, where he focuses on covering climate and science news. You can reach Kenneth at [email protected].