In this very special week, in which Women's Day is celebrated, we want to bring you a new piece of advice that can shed some light on how to improve in surfing. Paddling is one of the most important things in surfing, both to enter the peak and to catch the wave in a comfortable position. For this reason, in the surf tip of the week we bring you advice on how to improve your paddling.
Tips to improve in surfing – Work your Rowing
Tips to improve in surfing
Do you feel that you are not able to catch most of the waves you paddle? Or that when you finally catch the wave, you surf it straight instead of taking advantage of the wall? Then, This advice on how to improve your paddling will help you.
The aspect that we are going to work on in this tip is one of the most important points when going to catch a wave: the angle of paddling on the wave. When calculating this angle, it is important to take into account your level of surfing.
Depending on our level of surfing, we should be looking for different goals when we go surfing. The beginner surfer wants to be able to catch a wave, the intermediate surfer wants to learn how to surf the wall and the advanced surfer wants to maximize the energy of the wave and the wall to be able to execute maneuvers on it. For this reason, our way of paddling a wave must vary depending on our level and our objective.
Here we leave you how your angle should evolve with respect to the wave as you improve in your surfing:
Tips to improve in surfing – Beginner Surfer:
The beginning surfer should aim to be able to go as far as possible with his paddle, so that he can catch the maximum number of waves. Therefore, he must row in the direction of the beach, without angle with the wave. This will help you advance as many meters as possible and catch more waves.
Tips to improve in surfing – Surfer Intermediate:
The intermediate surfer's objective in his surf sessions is to be able to improve his surfing on the wall of the wave, once he has mastered how to catch them. For this, it is important that we direct the board slightly in the direction in which the wave is going to break: left wave to the left and right wave to the right. By doing this in the last 2 or 3 strokes before the takeoff, we will already be well enough positioned to be able to surf the wall.
Tips to improve in surfing – Surfer Advanced:
The advanced surfer has already mastered the takeoff and surfing the "straight" wall, and what he should try to improve in surfing is to go looking for the maximum energy points of the wave to be able to practice his maneuvers. For this reason, it is important that when he goes to catch the wave, he gets close to the critical breaking zone of the wave (you can review the different parts of a wave here), where you will have little time to get up and follow the line of the wave, so you must position your board with an orientation of up to 45º at the time of takeoff.
Surfing Women's Day
For March 8, a tribute to all women surfers.
As a tribute to all women, and especially to female surfers (who are fortunately becoming more and more), we leave you this video of when Maya Gabeira broke the Guinness Record for the biggest wave surfed by a woman. A real madness.
Wetsuits always dry?
A Spanish company has come up with the solution.
The Basque company Dryfing has developed the first neoprene suit washer and dryer. This wonderful invention is capable of washing up to 10 suits at a time, and is a perfect solution for surf schools and other water sports companies.
In case you prefer surfing to watching TV
Kael Walsh shows us how time could be spent in Western Australia during the pandemic. This region of the country was isolated from the rest of the world with heavy restrictions. This level of control allowed them to lead a normal life in this paradise of waves. So Kael Walsh spent as much time as she could in the water instead of watching TV.