In this highly competitive age, no surfer is permitted to remain as a beginner or as an average surfer. Upgrade your surfing skills by utilizing these simple but advanced surfing tips. This guarantees fast growth as you upgrade yourself to play the best sport in the world. This article will enlighten you on how to surf like a professional.
With these 4 tips, nothing stands in the way of your surfing success:
- Spot check: Make yourself familiar with the area. Before you go into the water, take a look at the surf spot and what the other surfers are up to. Pay attention to the following things:
- How and where do the waves break?
- How big are the waves?
- Where do the other surfers paddle out?
- Where are the beginners and where are the other pros in the line-up?
- Are there reefs or rocks in the water that should be avoided?
Familiarize yourself with the swell, surf, and currents at the surf spot before getting in the water. If you are unsure, ask other surfers for their assessment of the spot.
- Warm-up: Warm-up enough. Warm-up well before every surf session, even if warming up on the beach may seem silly to you as a professional. With well-warmed up muscles, you are immediately more productive in the water and many injuries can be avoided.
- Paddling out: Learn to paddle properly and use the currents in your favor. With the right paddling technique you are not only faster and with less effort in the line-up, but also planning the first waves is much easier.
Your body lies vertically and horizontally centered on the surfboard. Legs and feet lie on the surfboard and do not hang down sideways. Your upper body is erect, similar to the cobra in yoga, your buttocks tense. The surfboard nose looks about 5 cm out of the water. You look at the water about 2 meters in front of you. The fingers dip into the water at an angle of approx. 45 °. Dip your arms deep underwater and pull your hands along the rails powerfully and in a controlled manner. Make long, steady, and powerful paddling strokes.
What many surfers don’t know:
“You exert most of your strength when paddling in the area between your head and chest. Breathe consciously and evenly so as not to hit the water too hectically.”
PRO TIP: Use flow channels (also called channels) to make it easier to paddle into the line-up.
When waves break, large masses of water are pushed towards the beach. These flow back out into the sea via flow channels. Watch the spot to spot of such channels and save yourself a lot of strength paddling out!
You can usually recognize places where channels form by the restless water surface. They can usually be found where no or hardly any waves break or roll out.
Have fun: Enjoy surfing to the fullest! Nothing is even nearly as important when surfing as positive vibes, gratitude, and joy in what you do! How do they say: “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”. Have fun in the water, because that’s what matters in the end, right?