GETTING UP: There are a range of ways to get into position. Find the right one for you.
GETTING UP: There are a range of ways to get into position. Find the right one for you. CONTRIBUTED

Try surfing styles to find one that best suits you


A FEW different techniques might be more suited to your specific fitness, flexibility or skill level.


The double knee

THIS technique we find is used in surf schools right through Europe.

As always, the first most important thing is to be laying on your board in the correct position.

Once you have caught the wave, you place your hands beside your two bottom ribs (which should be the middle point of the board between the nose and tail), pushing up while simultaneously bringing both knees up to just below your hands.

Keep holding on, lifting up on to your fingertips, swinging your front foot through between your arm and chest, placing your front foot at 45 degrees in front of your other knee, then twisting into a squat and slightly squeezing the knees in towards one another.

When feeling balanced, release your fingertips and progress to stand, stopping with knees bent and squeezed, a straight back, and arms in the bow-and-arrow position with your eyes and chin up.

TECHNIQUE: The double knee.
TECHNIQUE: The double knee.

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The Bali lunge

THE Bali lunge is just another name for a different technique of getting from prone (laying down) to standing on a surfboard when catching a wave.

We have called it this because, after years of surfing and delivering coaching courses there, I noticed this technique seemed to be the most popular throughout Indonesia.

Once you have caught the wave place your hands back in the position beside your bottom ribs.

Do a "women's push-up" so the weight is even on your hands and knees, bring your back foot up like climbing a ladder between your knees and waist, lifting up and lunging forward, rotating your hips and swinging your front foot through on to the 45-degree angle in the middle of the board.

Stop in the squat position for a second before slowly standing up, stopping with knees bent and with a straight back.

TECHNIQUE: The Bali lunge.
TECHNIQUE: The Bali lunge.

The lunge

THIS is just an abbreviated version of the Indo lunge - the next step to not using your knees at all in your technique.

So we are laying in the correct position on the board, and we have caught the wave.

Our hands go back into position to get ready to push up.

We roll our hips to the side, bring our back foot up in the middle of the board just above the fins, with the knee just over the edge of the rail, trying to get as much of the instep of our foot on the board as possible.

Continally keep our eyes and chin up as we use our foot, leg, arms and shoulders to simultaneously push up and lunge forward, rotating our hips and swinging our front foot through into the middle of the board on a 45-degree angle.

Again, we stop briefly in the squat position until then proceeding to stand with knees bent and eyes up.

TECHNIQUE: The lunge.
TECHNIQUE: The lunge.

Pop up/jump to feet

OF ALL the techniques, this is by far the most difficult for the novice surfer, yet is by far the most correct prone-to-feet technique.

This technique needs some required balance skills, shoulder and core strength, flexibility and time in the ocean.

Again, you are on your board in the correct position and have caught a wave with hands beside your ribcage.

As soon as you feel the extra bit of surge or speed, you need to push up in one motion, explosively lifting both feet up above and over your board as your hips rotate, landing the back foot across and over the front fins and the front foot marginally in front of the halfway point of the board at 45 degrees with knees bent, chest facing side on, eyes over the shoulder and looking out in front.

There should be an imaginary straight line running from the centre of your board through the middle of your feet to your hips, front shoulder and eyes.

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