5 Top Tips To Catch More Waves At “The Wave Bristol”

5 Top Tips To Catch More Waves At “The Wave Bristol”

5 top Tips to caTCH waves at “the wave bristol”

5 Top Tips To Catching More Waves

  • In 2019 were lucky enough to be some of the first to surf the wave Bristol which is the world first fully commercial wave garden using the cove technology. We travelled up to Bristol to check it out and were joined by our team riders dan Jeffery’s and joss brooks after getting to the wave and being blow away by seeing the first set come through, we couldn’t wait to get out there. Our team riders Dan and joss surfed the left-hander and Ben the co-owner of SBSboards surfed the rights, after their sessions we all sat daw talking about the wave and came up with our top 5 tips for catching more wave at the wave Bristol and how if you do some of these tips you will make the most of every wave available at the wave.

1 -Take A Higher Volume Surfboard

Whenever you look at a wave you want to look at the attributes of that wave and the features as well as the type of surfboard best suited to it because the wave is a relatively smaller wave with some flatter less powerful section, we would recommend having a little extra volume in your board for improved paddle power and driving down the line.

Having a few extra litres volume in your surfboard can also help when paddling in for the waves at the wave Bristol. You only have 2 attempts at catching the wave so if you’re not quite in the right position or miss time it, you might find yourself wasting your opportunity and having to catch a white wave in and miss your go for that set of the wave.

The extra buoyancy will help with paddling speed and allow the wave to pick you up a bit easier than a lower volume board. It will also help when on the wave as some sections are weaker and you either need to work the surfboard more to stay in the power zone or have a few litres extra to help get you through flatter and faster sections.

Also if you didn’t know salt water is different to freshwater in regards to buoyancy and how things float on that water if you have been to the wave and used your normal saltwater surfboard you might find you felt underpowered than you usually do in saltwater waves

Saltwater, if you didn’t know, is more buoyant than fresh water, the wave Bristol uses freshwater at its lagoon. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. The buoyancy is also factored by the temperature of the water as well as in the ocean salt density can be a factor.

For the scientific among you, you might know that One cubic foot of saltwater and freshwater do not weigh the same. The saltwater cubic sample would be 64.1 pounds while freshwater would be slightly less 62.4 pounds. Why? Because of the added weight of the extra salt.

The science states that water molecules bond with salt molecules and therefore when compared to freshwater saltwater has more molecules’ overall because there is more weight added to the water it becomes denser. The higher the density of the water the more your surfboard will float. An easy way to remember is to thing more salt the more buoyancy you are going to have. If you think about the salt levels that might help you chose a better option for surfing.

Famously the dead sea has about 20% more salt in it than the rest of the world so people can float very easily in it, the same thing with your surfboard more salt in the water will be pushing you back up to help you float. Were as in freshwater you don’t have any extra help

There is also the issue of the temperature of the water. Depending on when you go surf the wave may affect what type of surfboard and how many litres you ride at the wave, Bristol. If like us you headed to the wave on a winters day you no doubt going to be covered from head to toe in a wetsuit and that wetsuit might just help give you a bit more buoyancy but if you head to the wave Bristol in the summer you might be surfing in boardies or a bikini and that could affect your buoyancy of you on the surfboard quite a bit.

Coldwater and warm water have different Density!

What….. I know even more to think about but stay with me. The Densities of salted and unsalted water change depending not just on the content of salt but also temperature. In warmer climates the Water molecules speed up and spread out, meaning they occupy a larger area there for less dense. cold water is the exact opposite with water molecule’s occupying a smaller space so depending on the temperate and if you are wearing a wetsuit or not might mean you should adjust your surfboard dims

So what does that mean when I go surfing the wave?

Adjust your surfboards for the wave, Bristol, by either upping the volume of your board or opting for an EPS Construction (Expanded Polystyrene)  in your surfboard as the EPS is much lighter in weight than traditional Polyurethane (PU) and this means that the EPS board hill has better buoyancy and float.

2 – Take Off Close To The Wall

If you want to catch more wave and maximise more time on each wave your takeoff will be critical. At the wave, you are all bunched up in the corner right next to the wave generator once the waves start to produce waves you want to be in the correct spot to take off. Each surfer has 2 attempts at a wave before they have to ride the white water into the intermediate area and then paddle back round re-join the queue by which time the set would have stopped and you would have missed your chance to catch more waves.

When the waves start, make sure you stay close to the wall in the take-off zone marked by 2 red poles which are where the wave will start to break. Ideal you want to paddle into these markers to make your pop up as easy as possible but you will also get the most speed taking off close to the wall it will also give you an extra second or 2 to set up your wave and even think about a cutback to the peak.

Taking off close to the wall all give you a steeper drop and a bit more speed going into your first turn. If you take off more on the shoulder the drop-in is less steep and easier but will give you less speed so will need to generate more as you go on the wave

3 – Have A Good Fitness Level

It goes without saying but if you are surfing in the advanced surf area you will want to make sure your fitness is pretty good and specifically surf fitness. It’s all well and good going to the gym and doing a bit of running but this is surfing so those heavy squats and bench presses won’t help you to much here.

Whilst talking to our team riders we watched a lot of surfers who struggled with paddling. I spoke to said surfers who said they had neglected their fitness through the winter and then arrived at the wave to find out they were too out of shape to paddle and pop up, resulting in them catching fewer waves or making more mistakes and bails on waves because they were tired.

 At the wave, there is only a limited amount of time between sets to rest up and if you looking to catch 2 waves every other set you will have to be paddling hard to get back to the take-off point. You don’t want to pay all that money for a session and 20 minutes in be struggling to paddle back out because your arms feel like dead weights.

Taking off close to the wall all give you a steeper drop and a bit more speed going into your first turn. If you take off more on the shoulder the drop-in is less steep and easier but will give you less speed so will need to generate more as you go on the wave

Fitness we would recommend for surfing the wave

  • Being able to paddle for a long time continuously and have enough energy to pop up
  • Being able to get into position faster when you see an approaching wave, and not being too knackered to catch it when you get there
  • Being able to catch waves easily up to 2 meters (if your pop up isn’t great get a bit more practice)
  • Being able to turn and paddle for a wave quickly after long periods of paddling
  • Being able to paddle back into the line-up faster
  • Being able to surf for longer and at a higher intensity
Click below for surf fitness training

By improving your surf fitness, it will help you catch more waves over your 1-hour session and maximising your time and money at the wave Bristol

If you’re a regular surfer even in the winter months and surfing consistently a few times a week or every day then you will have no problems at the wave and your paddle fitness will be perfect to catch more waves at the wave garden.

4 – Catch the First 1-2 Waves Of The Set

If you want to catch more wave and maximise more time on each wave your takeoff will be critical. At the wave, you are all bunched up in the corner right next to the wave generator once the waves start to produce waves you want to be in the correct spot to take off. Each surfer has 2 attempts at a wave before they have to ride the white water into the intermediate area and then paddle back round re-join the queue by which time the set would have stopped and you would have missed your chance to catch more waves.

When the waves start, make sure you stay close to the wall in the take-off zone marked by 2 red poles which are where the wave will start to break. Ideal you want to paddle into these markers to make your pop up as easy as possible but you will also get the most speed taking off close to the wall it will also give you an extra second or 2 to set up your wave and even think about a cutback to the peak.

Doing this will require you to have a good fitness level and be back in position fairly quickly but for advanced surfers, this might be the difference between you catching an extra 5-6 waves more than any others in your session and at £40 a sessions you are going to want to make the most of your time in the water.

5 Chose The Right Surfboard

Like any wave in the ocean, those who are lucky enough to have a few surfboards in their quiver will look at the conditions and then pick a surfboard based on what the conditions are, for instance, if it’s a smaller 2-3 foot day at your local beach and you have limited time to surf you will Problay go for a small wave surfboard something wider in width flatter in rocker and some more litres that you normal board as you need all the speed possible.

If we break down the wave you can look at a few factors that will affect surfboard performance

  • Size of wave
  • Wave shape
  • Surfing ability
  • Surfers weight and height
  • Water density

    As we discussed in our first point water density can make a big difference in the float of your surfboard so the first thing you should consider is, Do I need a few extra litres than my normal shortboard, if you can take an epoxy surfboard or use one of the many available at the wave. You will see nearly all the boards available for use at the wave are epoxy and designed with a wider thicker outline combined a flatter rocker to maximise fun.

    Because of the size of the advanced wave at Bristol you are going to want a board with a wider width or flatter rocker to help keep all your speed on the wave, there are faster sections as well as fatter less powerful parts so having a board that can keep your speed is essential. The wave also has a small but fast barrel section which is great fun for any advanced surfer but can be tricky for those still progressing. This is where a board with a smaller more pulled in tail can get the best of both worlds with all the speed power and flow of a wider bigger board but with the manoeuvrability of a more performance surfboard.

    Depending on your skill level will also affect your surfboard choice if you are just getting used to open-faced waves and surfing along the face of a wave I would suggest having a higher volume and length surfboard that can give you a lot more speed and stability through your session

    Depending on your skill level will also affect your surfboard choice if you are just getting used to open-faced waves and surfing along the face of a wave I would suggest having a higher volume and length surfboard that can give you a lot more speed and stability through your session

    Our top 3 surfboards for the wave Bristol

    Hopefully, you found this blog helpful and will give you a good idea of what to expect at the wave in Bristol and give you a bit of a tactical advantage when it comes to catching more waves.  
    If you know any other ways to catch more waves at the wave Bristol feel free to message us in the comments box below

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    The Wave has teased out tastebuds before with a few clips of the eave getting made and what it would look like then it’s finished and just like the graphic design of the waves the drone video gives you a real sense of the size and scale of the waves that can be produced.

    Just like the rising tide of the wave bristol, our anticipation has been building since the first glimpses of the area. now all we need is just to see the size of the wave and some people surfing it to get in to fully froth mode. one thing is for sure this is going to be a game-changer for British surfing and really open up surfing in the UK to a whole new generation with consistent waves beeing churned out daily I can only imagine where this will take the British surf scene.

    with other surf gardens coves and pools planned for the coming years in Scotland and London, the UK will potentially be a world leader in wave pools and has set the standard for what’s possible. seeing this only get me excited for the future and especially to catch a few of these sometime soon 

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    We hosted our very first SUP clinic with Partners, TJ boards who are local experts of the Chichester canal. We were lucky enough to have our SUP team rider Narcy who lives in Fuerteventura in the canary island who lives and breast anything water sports.

     

    who is narcy Madeddu?

    Narcy is a stand up paddle competitor who competes in the canary island as well as the European tour and has also won races in the Canary Island SUP Race Championships

    Narcy has also competed in wave for the Surf SUP events on the SUP European tour in both race and surf. Narcy has been Competing in SUP since 2014 and teaching SUP for 13 years as a Watersport Instructor, Perficient in Kite surfing, Windsurfing, and traditional Surfing. As well as this Narcy works as a SUP specific Personal trainer and Nutritionist for intermediate – elite level  SUP paddlers and has run his sup clinics in Fuerteventura for the past 3 years.

    whats in the course?

    Choosing a beginner-friendly  surf spot will speed up your success in the waves generally whitewater beach breaks with little rip currents will be the ideal beginner conditions

    Morning Am Canal Ocean Beach training 9am -1 pm

    (Beach to be decided soon?)

    ✔ Equipment overview specification
    ✔Sup performance warm up
    ✔Sprint & Long-distance competition introduction 
    ✔Paddle Technique 
    ✔Race video analysis Paddle stroke analysis 
    ✔Technical race Training (Pivot Turning)
    ✔ Water Starts & balance techniques 
    ✔Sup fitness training
    ✔Race video analysis Paddle stroke analysis
    ✔SUP Nutrition for performance
    ✔Sup fitness training 

    Lunch break 1pm-2pm

    Afternoon session – 2pm-6 pm

     

    ✔Beach Start Tactics/techniques 
    ✔Water start Techniques
    ✔long distance Racing Techniques Skills
    ✔ Sprints and Riding Waves
    ✔Down winding Secrets
    ✔Sprint & Long-distance competition introduction
    ✔Paddle Technique in waves/ choppy conditions 
    ✔technical race Training (Pivot Turning)
    ✔SUP Nutrition for performance 

    Review

    the day begins

    The days started incredibly smooth at Chichester canal and with all the sups lined up at the Chichester canoe club jetty we were ready to go. We had a great mix of paddlers who attended and all looking to improve different areas of their SUP performance.

    We started the day with an introduction to Narcy as well as a full specification of the boards as well as a classification of different sup events and race events and how best to train and paddle in those events.

    Narcy then took the group through a few basic and personal preference like paddle height for different sup races such as sprint long distance as well as open ocean and saltwater, Narcy also talked about the main difference and preference in a SUP paddle blade and what works best in each condition.

    Narcy use An SBS Ultra-light fully carbon SUP paddle in his surf and sprint events as well as other varieties of paddles in differing situations.

    It was then time to get in the water after a full briefing and get a feel for the sups so the paddler paddled up and down the canal so Narcy could get a feel for the paddler ability and skill level

    Narcy then work on some paddle techniques for each individual person correct their stroke to make it more energy efficient and productive in the water. Narcy was using his 14” Longbow Race to show everyone how to paddle and the placement needed for highly efficient race strokes.

    what Narcy uses?

    14ft longbow carbon racer

    ultra light carbon paddle

    Narcy also had some great training techniques using a piece of wood to stop the guys paddling past their feet and keep their stroked quicker and create more propulsion.

    After the techniques it was time to focus on turning. Turing is one of the most essential SUP paddle skills and turning whilst maintaining speed and balance can be a tough thing to do.  In a race turning can be one of the most crucial moments in a race defining who come out on top it’s where there is more likely to be collision or someone will fall off, it’s also were competitors at the back of the pack can make up ground to those at the front. Narcy went over downwind and upwind turning techniques as well as the basics of a pivot turn which is to step back on your SUP and bring the nose out of the water creating less resistance for the sup to turn easier.

    Narcy then progress this into a buoy turn adding in speed when the riders felt comfortable, this was controlled caos and we enjoyed a few dunks in the canal attempting the pivot turns but as you can see after about 20 minutes of practice the riders really started to improve and the race turn were getting a lot better.

    After this, it was time  to put some of those hard earned skills into action as we started work on races with a buoy turn, the team really loved this as it got a lot of smiles and encouraged some fun with a few people falling in the canal and a few sups making contact but it was smiles all around as everyone was pushing to be the winner. Narcy as a coach always like to make his technique practical and for racing nothing is more practical than practicing what you learnt in a race.

    The team were then given the opportunity to try some various start positions to spice things up and make it a little more difficult to get a speedy start and really was a lot of fun to watch. Controlled carnage would be what we would describe it as but all the starts of a sup races a bit caotic .

    We then finished of the morning canal session with some fun and interesting sup techniques to improve you paddle technique and paddle faster. Narcy used the paddle the opposite way around with the handle hitting the water and asked the group to work on this technique before they had one final race, which would promise to be the slowest sup race in history. If you have never done this, it’s a great way to train and really works the body hard in a short space of time so would highly recommend it.

    The afternoon we had planned to go the beach and work on some sup surfing techniques as well as down winding and open ocean techniques for padding in choppy conditions but as the weather would have it was a bit too windy to try that this day so we rescheduled for 2 days later and got some great conditions for our beach clinic

    Beach Clinic Bognor Regis

    The Beach clinic was a whole lot of fun and we got a great turn out for the event. Narcy had planned load of open ocean training as well as beach starts and down winding as well as some fun exercises designed to really get the groups competitive nature fired up.

    We started the clinic like any good session with a full introduction of what we would be doing and if anyone had done anything like this before. Most of the group hadn’t don’t any competitive sup racing before so it was a real eye opener to the sup race world for most.

    After a quick warm up and full mobilisation the team were ready to go, after a small safety brief on the conditions and any dangers it was time to get on the sups as the paddler did a few short sprints working on technique and pivot turns.

    The group were working on their beach starts which a crucial technique to master as in most races the first to their feel will usually be in the top 3-5 in the race, so a good start is everything.  Moving fast staying balanced and getting to the feet quickly is a great skill to master and like anything repetition is the key.

    Practicing in a mock race environment with other competitors around you is a great way to get used to the intensity that a beach start brings, the paddlers did a few rounds of beach sprint to get them fired up and then moved on to a different beach start where buy the paddler would have to run about 8 meters to grab their paddle and then run back to their sup and into the water from there.

    This race style really got the competitors rallied up and soon some sneaky tactics and slight cheating were employed to get the advantage all in good spirits of course, we could see the intensity of everyone trying to give 100% on their runs as well as paddle as fast as they could around the buoy and back to the beach. If you have never done this before I would highly recommend it as one, it’s a hell of a workout and two it’s a great way to keep your training intense and the work rate high.

    Narcy finished of the sup clinic with three longer paddles upwind against some small choppy waves about 700m from the beach and a small downwind back  this was a great opportunity for the team to tackle some bigger distance and work on the paddle technique and foot work that had been taught earlier in the session. The group seemed to love this downwind part as it gave them a bit of time to focus on technique and control their stokes without a race mentality in mind. After this we finished with a light stretch and the standard group photo.

    The beach sup clinic was such an incredible success and was amazing to see all the riders trailing our sups and giving some fantastic feedback on the boards and how they thought they paddled in the conditions. With the help of TJ board hire along with Narcy our team rider we were able to put on a great first clinic which will hopefully be the first of many in the UK and Fuerteventura

     

    If you are interested in joining our next sup clinic or have any questions feel free to send us a message or if you looking to try before you buy or demo any of our sups feel free to send us a message in the box below to arrange a date to try any of our sups.

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    Improving your paddle stroke means catching more waves longer sessions and more fun

    For anyone starting surfing or even an experienced Surfer will know the feeling of missing a wave by one or two strokes, not quite being in front of the wave as it peels or freaking out when you’ve missed the perfect set wave. Very frustrating

    This is the same for anyone who has ever felt tired just paddling back out to the lineup the longer you spend paddling back out the more waves you have to go through the more paddle strokes you have to put in but an improved paddle stroke and faster paddle means you get back out faster. There is nothing worse than being gassed getting back out to the lineup when the perfect set wave is rolling in and you’re out of energy

    tips for technique

    Unlike swimming, you will want to keep your head out of the water for obvious reasons and keep looking at the Horizon where you want to go. Limiting your head movement from side to side will  lessen the yawing side to side motion of your board in the water keeping your board flat and plaining will drastically improve speed and forward direction

    relax

    Just like any movement whether it be in the gym or in a sport you don’t want to have your body tensed up this goes for shoulders back arms neck anything that is engaged when paddling this does not however, mean you should not be engaging back shoulders for the movements necessary

    Technique tends to go out the window when you’re tensed up you will see this in all kinds of sports and even life when someone’s tense  technique fails

     3 Phase paddleing

    The Paddle technique can be broken down into different phases the catch phase  where the hand enters the water and starts to dig or catch water the power phase and the release

    Very different to swimming and paddleboarding the power phase  is in a different position in swimming most of your power comes from the second half of your stroke in paddleboarding it’s the first half but on a surfboard the power is generated in the middle three quarters like shown below.

     training / practice and strength

    There are many ways to improve your paddle strength resistance bands training on a paddleboard or simply surfing more are all ways to improve your paddle strength if you’re not lucky enough to have waves all year round. gym or home exercises to improve paddle strength are your best option

    Simply paddling a surfboard on a calm day will improve your strength keeping in mind good technique all the time you are training

    A good thing to try when training is to put a bit of tape on the front of your board and right things to remember

    For myself I write “look up” and “high elbows”

    Just like being tense when paddling, being tired will be another way you lose technique. Naturally, you will want to stop take a break but you will see the symptoms of being tired when  releasing your arm after a stroke, Elbows dropping and a much smaller power phase

    Top Tips To Remember for good technique

    Nose out of the water  – position yourself on the middle of the board will keep your nose out of the water and your tail almost sitting flat with the waterline when paddling. 

    Too far forward and your nose will drag under.

    Too far back and you will be dragging your feet – both of these are inefficient for faster paddling

    Head up and looking where you’re going keeping your head still will reduce sway in the board

    Body Central On the board feet together to reduce drag – If your body is not center on the board you will overcompensate one side more than the otherm, resulting in a tipping motion. Reaching more on one side to paddle and paddling deeper on the other.

    Having your feet together will reduce drag and improve momentum

    Long full paddle Strokes vertically in the water –  making sure your elbows are out of the water when not paddling is just as important as having your full arm in the water when paddling a deeper more vertical stroke will produce a stronger paddle and propell you forward faster

    High elbows in the catch phase –  if you’re elbows are low they will hit the water when your arm enters and slow you down this will result in a week paddle and drag keeping elbows high while your hand enters the water will result in less drag and a stronger power phase

    Momentum and planing speed –  Although this may seem more scientific when it comes to water science Hull design and a multitude of other veriables paddling on a surfboard should be a continual motion.

    the more consistent and fluid your paddling the better your plaining speed, similar to riding a bike in high gear.  if you’ve ever tried to pedal a bike in a high gear from a standing still position it can be very tough. A side to side wobble and having to exert more energy to get going, this is similar in surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, once you have water continually running under your board keeping that momentum is far easier an efficient than paddling slowly.

    In addition to this, a faster weaker paddle is more effective than a powerful slow paddle because the loss of momentum outweighs the power

    I hope this has been helpfull to read. if you are new to surfing or looking ot improve on other aspecs see some of our related blogs below

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    First things first surfing is  supposed to be fun, our tips are just to make your fun more enjoyable safe and effective in the long run I’m sure if you’ve surfed already you’re probably hooked and there’s a great group of people ready to join you in the water so Let’s Begin

    1 Before paddling Out

    If this is your first time surfing a surf camp lesson or teacher is always advisable this will help you pick up the basics I’ve surfing paddling and beach awareness far quicker.

    An experienced teacher or other Surfer will have your back if you are injured or put yourself in danger after all we are all out there trying to have fun.

    When choosing a camp teacher or friend try and get a referral from someone word of mouth is the best way to find a good teacher/ class.  a good teacher will also want you to progress and your love surfing, even more, when you feel safe and learn quicker

    2 Board Choice

    A foam board is a beginner’s best friend.  it’s the wide iron surface area to practice on and falling off will be a little less punishing on your body compared to a hardboard ( and you will fall off a lot) another benefit of a foam board is others around you it’s likely you’ll be surfing in the white water that can be very crowded at times with other beginners, paddlers, bodyboarders. whether you get hit by another board or you hit someone with your board a soft-top foam board  will nicer than a hard board sup or a pointy shortboard

    3 choose your beach Wisley

    Choosing a beginner-friendly  surf spot will speed up your success in the waves generally whitewater beach breaks with little rip currents will be the ideal beginner conditions

    4 getting to know your surroundings

    Just like choosing the right beach knowing the conditions where where to get in where the riptides are hidden dangers and hazards a good start is to spend some time on land first with your group teacher or friend work out the best spot to enter the water check over your gear leash, board, suit Whether you’re a beginner or advanced surfer most Surfers will check the waves before jumping in but the sea is unpredictable and can throw all kinds at you. Being aware of wave conditions can help you prepare for changes that might happen once you’re out in the water

    5 Warm up and stretch

    Maybe not the most exciting thing but can be one of the most important feeling tight cramping and simply fatiguing faster will all be a result of not warming up or stretching correctly in the beginning here’s  some info on best stretches and the best warm-ups for surfing

    6 Calm and confident

    Being calm in the sea will be your best friend when it comes to saving energy and controlling your breath you’ve got this far with all of the beach prep work you know the conditions by this point

    7 Start small

    Although the coined phrase is, “go big or go home” starting small as a beginner or even intermediate will get you warmed up to the conditions. starting off with smaller waves on the inside once you build confidence and understand where the ribs are you can all then work your way out back there is always a great feeling of catching big waves but as a beginner, you want to catch more waves so starting small is the key to catching more waves

    8 Practice

    All of the work you put in on the beach will now come into play and you’ll have to Almost drill this over and over on many waves sitting on the board paddling and the Pop-Up are your three main skills you will be rinse and repeating to get this to a fine art.  so I think he is also one of the sports, wear if it feels right it’s probably correct you can tell quite fast if your paddling in the wrong position on your board nose dipping under the water or you’re zigzagging side to side it will feel correct same goes for the Pop-Up you will know when it’s right.

    9 The Shuffle

    While sitting waiting on the board Currents and waves will move and rotate you overtime so keeping your feet dangling in the water and keeping your feet moving will help you correct yourself rotating your feet in One Direction will help spin the board and your nose pointing outwards towards the horizon. once on your bored you will also want to keep your feet moving and adjusting to find the correct position moving up and down the board will help you trim if you’re going too fast or too slow on a wave on bigger boards this can also help with tighter turns

    10  nose diving and wipeouts

    Just like practising all the good techniques practising how to fall off is also key.  counterintuitive I know but for anyone who has skateboarding or skied or any other board sport will know how to fall off correctly will limit the damage that you take. Similar to shuffling when you catch a wave you want to keep your nose out of the water as soon as your nose starts dipping under it’s almost game over.  you can avoid this by positioning yourself further back when paddling and lifting your chest higher. if you are very new to surfing or even being in the sea knowing when to hold your breath as a wave hits you may be a new concept as well once again practice over time will help. improving your breath-hold for ducking under waves or when falling off into deeper Waters will be a life-saving skill to develop in the long run

    11 Go straight

    The fastest way to you get used to  surfing without too many variables is to aim straight for the beach get your parallel stance Arms Wide for balance low and facing the direction you want to go

    12  respect others

    Surfing is a fun social Sport for the most part but there is some etiquette involved when turning up to a new beach.  paddling into every wave without consideration for others will not make you the most popular person if you’re with an instructor or a friend who has been surfing longer these people will be able to advise you on what waves to take.

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    13   know yourself and have fun

    If you’re reading this  you have probably already had a lesson or surfed before  and hopefully it was a lot of fun for you that’s why you’re looking to improve.  but also knowing yourself, when you’re tired when you’re free no you’re not having fun anymore that’s the time to paddle in and have a break it is supposed to be fun after all and if you’re not having fun it’s not worth it

    I hope these few tips helped you if you think we’ve missed anything important or want to know more send us a message

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