How to Trim Your Surfboard

Trimming the surfboard is the first progressive skill that will help you get the best out of surfing a wave, it's not really good enough to just stand on the surfboard, you need to surf the wave. (that's what it is all about) By now you have probably surfed waves and experienced problems such as: 1. The surfboard slowing down and stopping while you were standing up, but the wave kept going. 2. The nose of the Surfboard kept diving underwater while you were cruising along. These are common occurrences at the beginner level and trimming the surfboard is the progression that will help you correct these problems.

Steps

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    Set up the surfboard on the beach.
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    Build a sandcastle in the soft/damp sand that is approximately 30 centimeter (11.8 in) high, it doesn't need to be perfect looking, but it should be packed down so it is quite solid.
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    Place your surfboard on the sandcastle so the surfboard is balanced in the middle.
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    Secondly, carefully step on to the surfboard leading with your back foot and adopt the correct surfing stance and style. (feet facing across the deck, knees bent, hips forward, arms up and head looking forward)
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    The idea is to balance the surfboard on the sandcastle.
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    While in the correct surfing stance you will find by pushing your hips forward you will place more weight on the front leg and the nose of the surfboard should slightly dip towards the sand. Simply by pushing your hips to the back will transfer your weight to the back leg and the tail should drop and the board now angled in the opposite direction.
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    Don't lean, bounce or step all over the surfboard, simply keep pushing your hips back and forth and transfer your weight from the front leg to the back leg. It is important to keep your back straight, head looking up and knees bent at all times.
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    After a few weight transfers you may need to step off, rebuild your sandcastle and then replace your surfboard and start again.
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    Eventually you should be at the stage where you are easily transferring your weight from the front leg to the back, slightly rocking the surfboard and keeping the nose and tail out of the sand. This technique will allow you to trim the board and get the maximum ride out of the wave.
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    Now, walk out into the surf, catch a wave and stand up, now while you are up and surfing start to feel the wave beneath you and where your weight is placed. If you are slowing down, transfer your weight through the hips and onto the front leg. You also may need to bend your knees giving you more compression on your front leg and down onto the surfboard.

Tips

  • If you feel the nose is being pushed into the water too much, transfer your weight through the hips, this time to the back leg. Keep looking up, arms out, back straight, keep trimming the surfboard and SURF the wave as far as you can.

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