Advanced surfing comes with time and innumerable hours of wave riding. The most experienced surfers in the world have ridden thousands of waves in multiple ocean conditions.
Whether you’re a free surfer or a competitive surfer, you’re always trying to improve your surfing. Choosing the right wave, paddling efficiently, eyeing the aerial ramp, pumping for speed, completing a new trick – all essential advanced skills.
Intermediate surfers can easily reach a high level of surfing. The advanced chapter is only a matter of steady steps. Details are keys to a better performance. What are the secrets to advanced surfing, then?
Advanced Tricks and Tips
1. Learn to Pick the Right Wave
For a beginner, all waves are the same: the bigger, the better. Advanced surfers know how a wave will be breaking. Watch for the highest sections, when a wave appears on the horizon. Remember: if the wave line is leveled, it will be closing out. Also, take a look at the back of the wave as it passes you, and check how it breaks.
2. Fine-Tune the Position on the Peak
After watching where the wave is breaking more, make a few calculations, keeping in mind your take-off time and the speed of the wave. Sometimes half a meter (20 inches) to your right or left may decide the fate of your ride.
3. Eye Your Target
After taking off, your eyes are your steering wheel. Move your head towards your next goal. Set a target with your eyes and get there fast.
4. Keep a Low Center of Gravity
Try to maintain a low center of gravity in the surf line by bending your knees. Staying low will increase your stability and will help you gain speed.
5. Paddle With Nearly-Closed Fingers
It is a detail, but it works. Paddling out and paddling for waves require strength and lungs. When you nearly close your fingers, you’ll save energy and improve paddling power.
6. Check the Time Period Between Waves
Surf watches are great to confirm wave period. By getting simple, statistical information on the line-up, you’ll know when the set comes and if the first wave of the set is the best one. (It often is.)
7. Adjust Your Feet While Riding the Wave
If you’re surfing with static feet, there’s something wrong. When you attack the lip of the wave, try to move your back foot to the tail of the surfboard so that you can turn it fast.
8. Set One Goal and Improve It
Completing one surf maneuver is better than almost completing three tricks. Focus on one goal and only change your commitment when it is successfully completed.
9. Manage the Wave Face Timing
After completing your bottom turn, your eyes will grab an image of what’s ahead. Keep analyzing what is happening on the wave to make decisions in real-time.
10. Watch Wave Videos in Slow Motion
Surf movies and surf videos are great to learn from in order to get to advanced surfing levels. From the take-off to the aerial landing moment, there are always interesting details to watch; then try for yourself.
These are some of the best surfing tips and tricks to try.