How to Improve Your Surfing

Surfing can be a hard sport to master. It takes time and dedication to learn how to stand up on a surfboard and ride the green, unbroken waves outback.


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    Get the right equipment. If you are a beginner, a foam swell board is the best to learn on. These are the most stable boards and provide adequate padding to prevent pain if you fall on them. Note that when you begin surfing, you may experience many falls.
    • If you have already mastered the art of standing up on a board, it is time to move on to a fiberglass board. These boards can be shortboards or longboards, whichever you want to ride. Longboards are generally about 9ft long and have a single fin at the bottom. They are more of a smooth ride board, and the rider will carve along the waves in a smooth style. Meanwhile, the classic shortboard is generally about the height of the person riding it. They are know as performance boards, and the surfer riding the board can make sharp movements (cutbacks, layoffs, air).
    • Depending on where you live, you will most likely need a wetsuit. To purchase one, it is best to go to your local surf shop and ask them for a personal recommendation.
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    Get started with the basics. If you are new to surfing, it would be a good idea to take a few lessons from a surf school or a friend that can surf. This will provide you with beginner's lessons and teach you necessary information, such as which foot you should put the leash on and how to pop up.
    • If you can surf in the whitewater and are looking to venture outback, it may be a good idea to get additional lessons with a professional and help you go out further. If you are new to going outback, definitely surf with someone else and for safety and encouragement.
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    Start learning tricks. After you have mastered surfing the green waves outback, you are ready for simple ones. Be sure that you respect your limits and avoid pushing the boundaries. In order to be able to tackle the harder moves, you will have to start simple and work your way up.
    • The first move to learn would be snaking along the wave. Simply look towards the desired direction, and lean into it. You will soon find yourself moving along the face of the wave and getting longer rides as well.
    • Next will come the harder tricks, such as cutbacks. For these, the trick is to look towards the desired direction, and the surfboard will shortly follow. Once you get to the lip of the wave, snap the board back down the face of the wave and back in the direction you came from.
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    Examine your technique. Video analysis is one of the best ways to improve your surfing. Get a family member or friend to film you surfing. Then, in the evenings at home, sit down and watch the recordings. Seeing videos of your surfing can help you see where you need improvement. You will also be able to catch your mistakes and identify problems that are hindering you from mastering a certain trick.
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    Use surfing mentors. Surfing with other surfers that are good/better than you also helps. It is amazing how much you can learn by surfing with others and watching their techniques. You will also feel the pressure to improve and learn new lessons when spending time with other surfers.
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    Do dry land training. This can be just as important as water training. You will need to stay in shape and keep your body fit in order to avoid growing easily tired when paddling or surfing. Yoga helps to improve balance and strengthen muscles. Practicing popping up in your bedroom or outside also helps for when you have to pop up on your surfboard in the sea.


  • Eating healthy helps to keep the body in shape and strong for surfing. Never skip out on meals and ensure that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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