Surfing for beginners – Catch more waves
One of the biggest challenges, as in surfing for beginners, is knowing where to position yourself to be able to catch more waves. For this reason, we are going to teach you some tricks that are used to learn to calculate your position in front of the wave and you will see how your ability to catch waves will improve immediately.
Tips to improve in surfing – Where to position yourself to catch the wave?
Tips to improve – Surfing for beginners
Always be attentive and alert: One of the most common mistakes when learning to surf is losing concentration and not realizing the importance of always being vigilant of where the next wave can break. You should always be focused on detecting a potential wave as soon as possible.
Calculation: Once you've identified the wave, the next thing to do before moving in any direction is to try to guess where that wave is going to break. This step is always a challenge, and you will see that it changes from beach to beach (even from session to session), so it is important to pay attention to the sets that are coming and analyze the wave, from the moment it forms until it breaks.
Placement: One of the main challenges in surfing for beginners is to be at the right point on the wave to be able to paddle it. Therefore, once you have calculated where the wave is going to break, you should locate yourself in a position 4 to 5 meters behind this point, that is, 4 or 5 meters deeper.
If, having made the calculation, you feel that the wave could break exactly where you are, you should row towards the wave (towards the bottom), in this way you will move away from the breaking point and you will get those 4 or 5 meters of difference between your position and breaking point.
Preparation: Once you think you have reached that point of 4 or 5 meters difference between where the wave will break and you, stop and turn around. To do this, sit on the back of the board and use your feet underwater to turn. You can also help yourself with one hand in the water to turn more quickly.
Synchronization: You must now make a new calculation. You must synchronize with the wave. You must have time to give 4 or 5 powerful paddles (no more and no less) before the wave breaks. For this reason you have to calculate to start paddling at the right time, that the fifth stroke coincides with the moment in which the wave passes from Stage A to Stage B.
Angle: Begin by paddling 100% perpendicular to the wave to more easily move towards the breaking point of the wave. And you only have to generate an angle with the wave in the last rows. If you want more information on how to perfect this technique, you can review it here.
Inertia: Feel the force of the wave taking you, and make the popup to enjoy the wave!