WRONG: Learning to recognise your errors can be tricky.
WRONG: Learning to recognise your errors can be tricky. CONTRIBUTED

Surfing: The dos and don'ts of technique

SURF GUIDE PART 5: Recognising the problem is hard part

LEARNING surfing technique has its ups and downs.

Being able to recognise and feel what you are doing right and wrong is going to be the hard part when it comes to learning to surf.

Learning to surf is about stability, core and rhythm.

Stability - using your body's core strength and flexibility and being nimble at the same time.

Even being stable while lying on the board is hard unless your board is big enough and you are in the correct position and your posture is correct.

Rhythm - making sure each step is simultaneous and not paused at any time.

So try to remember this when you are learning or practising.

At XL, we are forever correcting learners, from what we can see.

But learners also must be able to recognise their own mistakes.

Once you accomplish that, you are self-learning and are halfway to success.

So we want to point out the possible mistakes that you could be doing but can't recognise.

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If you are experiencing nose diving when paddling for a wave and you have water splashing in your face or face planting and your board is getting pushed back behind you, think about it.

Ask yourself: what am I doing wrong?

Go back to the paddling position and also the push-up position.

What position are you in when lying on the board?

Where are your hands?

If you place your hands under your shoulder, you are placing all your weight on the front half of the curve of the board which is pushing the nose down.

So what's going to happen?

A nose dive or face plant.

Points to remember

1. DON'T lay too far forward on your board.


Don't lay on the board like jelly with your core turned off.

2. Never bring your hands up under or past your shoulders when pushing up.



3. Never look down at what you are doing.



Concentrate and focus on where you are heading.

4. When doing step 3 of your technique, don't sit back on the back foot.



5.When doing step 4 of your technique, don't let the back foot rotate around when going into your squat.



6. Don't stand up while bending at the hips and with straight legs.



7. Your weight has to be centred on your board, not on your back foot.



8. Don't buy a board that is too small or advanced for your level. Get advice as this could be a very expensive and disappointing outcome.

Safety tips

1. Do not go out in surf way above your capability.

2. Do not go surfing without a mate to keep an eye on each other in case of danger.

3. Do not go out in among a crowd. With surfing, it's not really safety in numbers.

4. When wiping out, do not dive head first as when learning, you are usually in shallow water on a sand bank and you do not want neck or spinal injuries.

5. Do not wrap the legrope around your fingers or hand when pulling your board back to you or through waves after a wipeout as it could injure your hand or fingers.

6. Do not turn your back on the ocean unless catching a wave as you don't want to get hit by an unexpected wave or another surf craft.

7. Don't paddle into the path of a surfer on the face of a wave, as not only will you hinder his or her surfing, but you also stand a chance of getting run over.

8. Do not ditch your board (jump off) to go through waves on your paddle out as your uncontrolled board could cause injury to yourself or others. Learn to eskimo roll.

9. Do not jump off your board if caught in a rip as you will not drown staying on your board: it is a flotation device.

10. No matter what the situation in the surf, don't panic.

OUR XL Surfing Academy Surf Guide continues tomorrow.