One of the most enthralling outdoor activities is surfing. The sheer thrill of riding on the wave and racing on the crest is very entertaining. When you grasp all concepts of surfing and become a pro, it becomes a way of life. However, many people always find it difficult to start their surfing journey because they take the wrong approach. To commence in the surfing world and become a pro, here are some useful tips to guide you.
• Know the surfboard
Before you can even venture into the water, you need to know the surfboard. Most surfboards are designed to float naturally. If you place the board in a pool of water, it will take a resting position because of the well-positioned center of gravity. It is this position that you need to target when you get into the water. Make sure to get the natural surfboard balance so that the board does not dig into the water or jerk backward, but float naturally allowing you to ride on top of every wave.
• Paddling the surfboard
When you get into the water and want to paddle towards the waves, you should not use both hands simultaneously. This makes the board to speed and then slow down such that you do not catch-up with the waves at full speed. Make sure to paddle using crawl stroke (alternating the hands) so that you can catch the wave at a constant speed.
• Sitting in your surfboard
Having learned how to lie on the board and paddle, it is important to also learn how to sit on the board. The secret here is being as still as possible. Well, it will look wobbly at first but you will master it over time. If the waves are taking longer to arrive, you can simply sit on the board and enjoy the buoyancy.
• Standing on the surfboard
After paddling and catching up with the wave, it is time to stand and surf all the way at top speed. To stand on the board, lie on the chest with the head up and looking ahead. Put the hands on the board by the shoulders with palms down like you want to do a push. At this point, push the body up and sweep the feet under you on the middle of the surfboard. Remember to keep low as you come up because standing erect at once will cause you to fall.
Take the position of the sumo wrestler and press the feet shoulder while gripping the board with both feet. Make sure to have the hands higher than the waist and focus ahead. Make sure to look up because if you look at the board, you will fall. Make sure to practice for several hours with a person watching and critiquing your performance every move. The baseline to approaching surfing is being calm and getting in control of the board, weight, and direction…
Surfing safety for beginners
• For you to enjoy and succeed in surfing, it is prudent to maintain good health at all times. Make sure you eat well, engage in fitness training and utilize home remedies for chlamydia.
• As a beginner, always wear a leg rope tied to the board.
• Never push the board via water fins first because it can be dangerous as the board wants to move in the opposite direction.
• As a beginner make sure to use a rash guard to prevent rubbed rush on the stomach.
• If you fall off the board, cover the head with both hands with wrists closing the ears and stay under water for a moment to let the wave pass.