How can you surf more easily
6 tips how you can improve your surfing
Find out how you can improve your surfing with these 6 easy steps and a little guide from Rapture Surfcamp's talented team of experienced surf instructors.
Learning to surf and practicing in white water is very fun ... for a while.
But sooner or later you will develop a deep and unwavering desire to surf an unbroken wave. We call this longing for waves here at Rapture Surfcamps Surfer’s Froth. This is essentially the feeling any novice surfer gets when they're ready to take their skills to the next level.
Surfer’s froth can be translated with the desire to paddle out into the lineup for the first time. Or maybe it manifests as a longing to experience what it's like to surf into a barrel. In any case, the only way to satisfy this need is to improve your surfing technique. And who can help you better than our experts at Rapture Surfcamps.
Learn how to paddle faster and more effectively, where to get up on a wave and how to move your knees and the rest of your body. With our techniques and serious commitment, you will improve your surfing in no time.
1. Learn how to paddle better
Paddling may seem like a trifle to many people. When you're on a wave, it doesn't seem too important to you anymore. And for every surf beginner, paddling feels very natural and easy right from the start.
The thing about paddling, however, is that when done right it just makes everything about surfing infinitely easier. Getting as far forward as possible with each movement is one way to create more force while paddling. Never forget that instead of just moving your arms, your shoulders need to rotate.
Paddling with your fingers almost closed can also help. A small detail, no doubt, but one that has been proven to provide buoyancy in the water and move you forward more efficiently. Just give it a try the next time you try to catch a "fat" wave. We guarantee you will notice a difference between this technique and paddling with your fingers completely closed.
2. Find your position in the lineup and stick to it
You can paddle around obsessively trying to catch every little wave that gets in your way. You might be lucky, but most of the time you will be chasing your own tail like a dog. Our advice? Choose your position in the lineup and guard it with your life.
Easier said than done, of course. But with a little preparation, it's not that difficult to find the best place in the lineup. You should find out in advance exactly where the start zone is in the lineup. When you paddle out, sit as close as possible to this start area, of course without being in the way of another surfer. This guarantees you the greatest chance of catching the best waves. If you look for a point of orientation on the bank (a stone, tree, etc.) you will be able to find your place again later.
Lingering in one spot also helps you save energy - as opposed to constantly paddling back and forth. But always keep in mind that when the tide changes, the take-off location also changes. So always keep your eyes peeled if you see several sets beginning to break in another place. Then you just have to adapt to this new starting zone and get hold of a new seat. With this tip you will maximize your wave number the next time you stay in one of our fantastic surf camps.
3. Adapt to the waves
Sometimes we want to go surfing with a specific goal: to try a new maneuver. The problem with this can be that you then forget to adapt to the wave and want to force something.
If you want to improve your surfing in time for your next surfing adventure, it is especially important to keep in mind that you are adapting to the waves. You cannot force your will on the wave. Or why do you think professional surfers always look in top shape, even when the waves are only mediocre? It all comes down to the ability to judge how you are working with the waves that are present.
So the next time you go into the water, always remember: adapt to the waves. Go with the flow. The waves are what Mother Nature wants you to be - so make the most of them!
4. Keep your back straight
The best surfers in the world surf with an almost perfectly straight back. Watch people like Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo and Julian Wilson and you will know what we mean. This not only makes you look super stylish, but you can also adapt your body better to movements.
Book your stay in one of our camps and practice standing on smaller waves. Make sure to straighten your back and bend your knees. Once these movements are burned into your muscles, you can venture into bigger waves and really improve your surfing.
Surfing with a straight back has two advantages. You will be able to generate more speed from your turns while seriously improving your surfing style. No matter whether you don't master a turn perfectly or a new maneuver doesn't work right away - you will always know that your technique on the wave is correct.
5. Surf even with mediocre conditions
It can be easy to wake up early in the morning and then retire to bed when the conditions aren't right. What's more difficult, but decidedly more rewarding, is going out when the waves are only moderately good. All it takes is a single wave to make sessions worthwhile, right? And you won't catch this one wave in your warm bed.
The next time you see onshore winds, small waves and an overcast sky, just grab a board with more volume and start paddling. Surfing in difficult conditions is one of the best ways to improve your surfing.
Everyone can have fun when the waves are really good. But when the waves are less appealing, surfing in style becomes more difficult. So don't make excuses the next time you're faced with the prospect of average conditions. Take the opportunity to hone your skills in preparation for your next trip.
6. Stay in the momentum
Every maneuver you want to perform on a wave requires speed. Speed will help you complete your turns and keep you away from the white water. However, it is not easy to generate this speed and then maintain it throughout the wave. Especially if you are not used to surfing the so-called "pocket".
The pocket is the steepest part of the unbroken wave that is closest to the white water. This is where most of the potential energy of the waves resides and this is where you should stay for maximum speed. If you stay too far behind the pocket, you will be drawn into the white water. If you move too far in front of it, you will find yourself on the shoulder of the wave, which is generally the shallowest part of the wave.
Performing maneuvers in the pocket is a good place to start if you want to improve your surfing. It can take you a while to get the hang of it. But the more you get used to surfing the steeper part of the wave, the more you can use the wave's energy as you wish. Your chances of doing your first carve or floater without speed are slim anyway. So if you stay in the pocket, you have a better chance of making your first few turns.
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