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You’re primarily looking for small breaking waves that you can walk out to. (Remember that surfing should be fun!). Keep the safety aspect in mind at all times, and everything should be OK.

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Here are few tips for your surf initiation:  Practice the “POPPING UP”

Popping up will become second nature to you soon. Start by practicing on the beach. Lie down on the board. Place your hands on the board, under your shoulders in push-up position with your legs extended behind you.

Here you start, step in the ocean 

Place your board at your side, nose facing into the beach. Keep an eye on the waves that are coming towards you, and pick one that looks like it is big enough to pick you up and take you in.

Here are a couple of common problems you may encounter:

  • You pearl forwards and get thrown off your board.
  • The wave passes you by or you can’t catch the wave.
  • Paddling in the water but are not standing up and riding a wave. It’s pretty much all the rest of surfing! 

Surfing Position on the Wave Surfing is all about going fast enough to keep on the wave. Your surfing position on the wave is where your speed will come from. As you drop down the face of the wave, you’ll build up speed. 

What is Swell? Height, period, direction, wave and wind forecast:

Swell is the collection of waves moving away from a storm in the ocean. Although the waves will all be of different size and power and heading in slightly different directions we can tend to talk about averages of all these waves as one discreet swell.

Height & Period

The swell height we give is an average of the largest 1/3rd of all waves. Something very much like the average set wave.  

Swell period is literally the time it takes for successive waves to pass the same point in seconds. Practically the peak period of a swell gives a great idea of how powerful the swell is and how likely it is to create good waves for surfing.

4ft @ 10 seconds = 6ft breaking waves

4ft @ 20 seconds = 9ft breaking waves

Swell Direction?

To make waves on your local beach the swell needs to be heading towards it. Simply put the more the swell arrow is pointing straight towards the beach past any obstructions the larger the waves will be. It’s quite possible for a very large swell to travel along the coast straight past the beach without making ridable surf.

For novice forecasters swell direction is one of the most overlooked factors when trying to read the forecast. 

Surf forecasting: wind and swell

1. Long-period waves tend to be larger and stronger
2. Short-period waves are smaller and less energetic
3. Wave period is the time between successive crests
4. Wave frequency is the number of waves passing a point over an amount of time
5. Large waves move quickly
6. Small waves move slowly
7. Low-pressure systems create a powerful swell
8. Low-pressure systems are associated with rainy weather and cloudy skies
9. High-pressure systems are associated with warm weather and clear skies
10. Deep water coastlines deliver bigger waves

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Shortboards are highly maneuverable and suitable for fast, steep waves in the 1’ to 8’ range. Shortboards range in length from 5’ to 7’. They have nose rocker (an upturned nose) to help you avoid burying the tip of your board under water (pearling), and possess two to four fins that allow for quick, radical turns. 

Long-board Surfboard

The longboard dates back to ancient Hawaiian nobility, and today is ridden by surfers of all ages, shapes, and skill levels. It is longer than the shortboard and is fun for novices and experienced surfers alike. The longboard surfboard ranges in length from 8’ to 10’6 and is ridden from the tail (back section of the board) all the way to its nose. You will find the predominant fin configuration is either one or three fins.

Fish Surfboard

The fish surfboard gets its name from its fish-like profile. It is shorter and wider than most short boards, and looks a bit stubbier as a result. Fish surfboards typically are equipped with two to three fins and are extremely agile in small- to medium-sized surf.

Experienced to moderately skilled surfers love them because they go fast in slower breaking waves and give a different feeling ride than a shortboard. The wide surface area of the fish board makes it easier to paddle and catch waves, and allows it to be surfed faster in slower breaking waves.

Stand-Up Paddle

The stand-up paddle board is a large, wide, buoyant board from 10’ to 12’ in length, and is designed to allow the surfer to paddle while standing up in all kinds of conditions.

The etiquette: amiability, rules of priority, and fun

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Surfing etiquette is a set of rules that should be observed while surfing. This guide will teach you who has the right to surf a wave, not to drop in, not to snaking and other useful things that will keep you on the right side of more experienced surfers.

1. Right of Way the surfer closest to the peak gets priority.

2. Don’t Drop In you are spoiling a wave of someone like you. Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you. Wait for your turn.

3. Don’t Snake. Select the best position in the line-up and do not paddle around other surfers always wanting to catch all waves. Be patient. 

4. Don’t Get in the Way. Paddle wide, not through the peak, and stay in the water if you got caught inside and a surfer is enjoying his surf line.

5. The Furthest Out Gets Priority. Although longboarders may not use this rule wisely – leave some waves to shortboards – in theory, they hold priority.

6. Do Not Throw Your Board. If you kick out or fall, try to control your stick. Surfboards can actually kill someone if they hit critical regions of the human body.

7. Communicate What Will You Do. In case two surfers are sitting in the middle of the peak and the wave opens to both sides.

8. Do Not Dive Head First. Reef or sand, the ocean floor can severely hurt your body. Use your surfboard to protect the impact and protect yourself.

 

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