You’ve been surfing for a little while now but feel like you’re plateauing, and have days where you feel like you’re a novice. Sound familiar? Don’t stress, this happens to anyone! Read our Surf Getaways’ coaches top tips what to do to get you past this point, and start riding those clean green waves and work on manoeuvers past the popping up phase!
Pick the right equipment
It’s essential to pick the right board for your level of surfing and that allows you to progress as well – the best way to find the right board for you is to try different boards. Borrow or rent some boards to see how they work for you. When you’re ready to get your new board – go to your local surf shop or shaper and be totally honest about where you are at with your surfing, what manoeuvres you’re capable of and where you would like to be in the next year. Ask if you can try a few boards before you buy, they will often have demo boards for that purpose.
Get Video Footage: of you surfing
While your partner is sunbaking on the beach or watching you surf, ask them to video you on a few waves. It’s very important to focus on one part of your surfing technique at a time (during playback keep your focus on the technique you want to improve not your hair or whether your arse pokes out 😉 Also take some footage on the same day of a surfer that is doing the technique correctly so you can compare. Revise and keep in mind what to do differently during your next session.
Professional instruction is worth the investment
Seek out your local surf school for a one to one lesson. Tell them beforehand what you would like to get out of the lesson, where you are struggling. (Always make sure you catch more waves than the instructor, or else you are just paying them to surf) or you can always join one of our Surf Getaways as there is a destination to suit every level.
Set achievable goals
Surfing is a unique sport where your environment is always changing and has many variables, Wind, waves, tides just to mention a few. With this in mind focus on improving one technique at a time. It’s also important that the surf conditions match what you are trying to improve: for example, if you are learning to take off on green waves make sure the conditions are offshore as onshore winds can make this very challenging. Be realistic as to what level you are at, be yourself and learn at your own pace. Safety to you and others is very important so as your confidence builds, push your limits responsibly and remember you’ll have a few wipeouts (or lots) before you make it, it’s part of surfing – if you don’t fall off, you’re not trying hard enough!
Team up with a Surf Buddy
Nothing better than improving your surfing skills with your surf mate. Great way to keep your surfing real and have fun. I love it when my mate is in the surf to see me rip it up and even better to have a laugh with me when I wipe out. Don’t take yourself to seriously relax and have fun. Use your mate to help identify trouble areas of your surfing and also what is looking good. Focus on one correction at a time.
3:1 rule – think positive!
Self-coaching can become very critical and negative. After your surf use the 3:1 rule, think of three things that work for you out in the water and one thing that needs to change. I use this after every surf and find I always come in happy.
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