The Steps Involved
While paddling, lift the head and bend the arms at the elbows at around 90 degrees. Cup the hands and flick the wrist. Move the arms past the hip. This point is the power of the paddle. The wave can be caught successfully by a couple of paddles.
Initially, paddling has to be practiced in a swimming pool or a river. First, it is necessary to balance on the surfboard and complete one paddle, before beginning the next one. As the speed of the paddle increases, it would facilitate in catching the beach waves quickly. After 20 paddles, a rest of one minute is essential.
This pattern must be repeated till there is weariness. Continuous practice in a swimming pool or a river must be coupled by observation of good surfers. Novices must strive to imitate veterans who are good. Then, when the real thing is attempted, they would be better equipped for wave catching.
Then, press the floor using the hands and climb up. Further, a race start must be done. This routine has to be repeated around ten times.
He has to point towards the intended direction. While standing up, the hip must be rotated. If the surfer intends to turn, it is essential to crouch and rotate the hip in the desired direction. If the surfer wishes to cut across the wave face, he should steer the surfboard with his hands, and then point towards the required direction.
How to Surf Safely
- You should never jump in front or at the back of the surfboard.
- While falling in the water, the head must not enter the water first. You should fall on your feet or with your hands at the front.
- In case you fall accidentally, the eyes must be protected with the hands.
- You have to use the peripheral vision so that any collision does not take place with other surfers.
- Be alert regarding approaching waves.
- In case a rogue wave approaches, you should push the surfboard away to the side, and dive under the wave. This avoids any dangerous impact.
- You must break any fall by employing your hands to protect the neck and spine.
- You need to climb on the board from the side using the hands, and also get off similarly. This movement should resemble getting on and off a horse.
- The board must never be placed between the incoming waves and yourself.
- Beginners can have a leg rope or a leash attached to the surfboard. A safety nose guard is also advisable.
While learning to surf, one needs to bear in mind that anyone who is closest to a wave has the right to move on that wave. If somebody else paddles for that wave, it could be dangerous.