Surfing is an amazing fun sporting activity. People of almost all ages do it. But it’s important that you learn some things and practice them first before you start doing it. There are many surf lessons available at Hokali, which can help you train yourself from being a professional surfer.
Here are some basic things you should follow:
1) Learn to fall correctly
Falls are an unavoidable part of surfing. No gurney is complete without falls. The instinct for self-preservation makes us panic and flounder, but the most important condition for a safe fall is just to remain calm and relaxed. If possible, it is advisable to hold on to the board, since most often it is the board that turns out to be the main danger both for you and for others. If this is not possible, be sure to cover your head with your hands to avoid a possible blow to the head. Let’s tell you a secret, many surfers not only learned to treat falls without fear but even began to perceive them as something fun.
Practicing yoga or some other breathing exercise will help you learn how to control your breathing competently and build confidence. In any difficult situation in life (not necessarily in surfing), the ability to stay calm always saves us.
2) Duck dive or popsicle roll
These are some important maneuvers that will help you get past the wave in the crash zone as you float onto the line-up. The idea of this maneuver is that when diving under the wave we use its energy so that it pushes us away from the foam, thus bringing us closer to the line-up, and not vice versa pulling us back to the shore. If at first, you can’t do the duck dive correctly, don’t be discouraged, believe me, you will have the opportunity to practice many times!
Energy is an essential resource for all surfers. An experienced surfer not only skates well but also knows how to make the most of his strength. Currents are very diverse and, depending on the situation, can become either your assistant or a huge headache! You can use the current to get to the line-up without wasting energy.
However, you may suddenly find that in just 10 minutes of the ride you are at the other end of the beach from the point where you entered the water, so before you swim on the line-up, try to determine the direction and strength of the current, and also remember the landmark on the shore. Once at the mercy of the current, do not try to row in the opposite direction, it is better to go ashore and walk this distance along the beach.
4) Surf forecast
The ability to read surf forecast charts will definitely come in handy! You don’t have to be a meteorologist to determine the best time and place to surf using the schedule. At least by studying the main names and indicators, you will not only not waste time by going to the wrong spot at the wrong time, but also significantly reduce the possible risk (too large waves, strong wind).
5) Keeping a diary
Write down the conditions of your gurneys. Record swell, water level, wind, and any other indicators that you think affect the riding conditions. Write down exactly how certain conditions influenced the quality of your surfing, compare, draw conclusions, see which combinations are best suited for a particular spot. This diary will definitely help you surf better!