As a surfer, you absolutely need to know how to read the waves. The reason why advanced surfers always seem to be in the right place at the right time and beginners don’t is simply because the advanced surfers know how to read the waves. If you can see which waves are coming, how to approach, which ones to choose, etc., you will get your moment of magic. Here is how you can learn to read the waves.
Consider the tide – Find out which tides you can expect when. You want to choose the right tide for the spot you want to surf in and you also want to know whether the tide is going out or coming in. You need to learn to understand the tides and how they influence waves in the areas where you surf. This will help you choose the right times to go for a surf.
Find your mark – This means that you need to find a spot on the beach to align yourself with once you’re in the water. You also need to know how far in you need to paddle. You will determine this by studying the waves and identifying where they start to break.
Know the different wave shapes – Before you go in the water, look at the waves. Identify the shapes, the size, where they break, swell direction, etc. This will help you know what to do when you are in the water.
Watch the surfers around you – This is especially helpful when you’re a beginner. Watch what the other surfers are doing and how and where they line up. Try to identify why they choose their spots and how they approach it.
Basically, you need to observe before you do. You can learn a lot from other surfers, but you also need to learn to read the waves yourself. Observe them, feel them, and learn to understand them. Once you have an understanding of the waves, you are ready to go.
Surfing is a sport that involves guts, confidence, and a good surf style. Surfing and surfing with style are two different things. To make an impression and look and feel good in the waves, you need to improve your surf style. These tips will help you get more out of your surfing.
1. Observe what other surfers do. Learn from your fellow surfers – the advanced ones and the less advanced ones. When you can identify what other surfers are doing well and poorly and compare it to what you are doing, you can learn a lot.
2. Ask someone to film your surfing. If you don’t see what you are doing, it is very difficult to improve. You need to have a look at what you’re doing, your technique, how you approach the waves, etc. and improve on those things.
3. Eat healthily and stay fit. If you are serious about your surfing, you need to stay healthy and fit. This is true for any sport, so start eating healthy and make sure you get enough exercise. This will definitely help you out there in the waves.
4. Do some research. Get a few books and videos of surfing. Study the videos and learn as much as you can. Read up on surf technique, different boards, style, etc. The more you know, the better you will train.
5. Continue surfing in winter. Surf throughout all the seasons. This will enable you to be ready when the great waves hit. Practice makes perfect and if you train in all types of weather, you will have no problem with any waves.
6. Train with a skateboard. Use the wheels and asphalt as an alternative training option. Practice your moves and tricks out of the water as well as in the water. This gives you an edge and more opportunity to practice.
These tips will help you get your surfing to the next level. It is also good to ask an experienced surfer to offer constructive criticism on your technique and style. This will help you improve.
Surfing with the right board is like having super powers. Many surfers just stick with what they know, but their boards are not necessarily the best for them. I only found my perfect board when I borrowed a friend’s. I had been surfing with the wrong board for years. Today, surf shops are great because they actually have people who can identify the board that is most likely best for you. Before you buy your next board, consider these things. It may just change your whole surfing experience.
Get the right size board – To be able to surf with speed and little effort, you need to have a board with the correct height, width, volume, and thickness. Once you have the right magic numbers, you can surf on different brands and still be able to navigate turns and get the speed you want.
Don’t copy the pros – A lot of guys make the mistake of buying boards that professional surfers use. You have to remember that these guys are not only experts, but they surf in different waters than you. The boards they use will most likely not work for you. Rather do a proper measurement session and get a board that will float you and be good for you personally.
Take your board for a spin – When you get a new board, try and test it in the best conditions possible. You want to take your board out when it is guaranteed that it can shine and you can look good. A bad experience with a new board can spoil your whole day and you may not like the board.
Find a local shaper – A relationship with a good shaper is very important. Together, you will be able to get to that point where you have the perfect board. It will take time and you will need to be honest about your surfing ability, weight, etc. to help the shaper create the board that is best for you. Build a good relationship with your local shaper and you are on your way to getting the magic board you want.
It is also good to try a few new things now and then to give you a challenge and make sure that you still have the right board. Enjoy your board shopping!