1. Go surfing.
It sounds obvious but going surfing as much as possible will help you improve. While surfing it is important to try and push your limits. Try ‘building a house’ as the WSl commentators like to say, what they mean by this is, when surfing start off by surfing within your ability and then once feeling comfortable try something new. Trying a massive air rotation on your first wave probably won’t work.
2. Get on your skateboard.
When the afternoon onshore wind kicks in or on flat days get down your local skate park and pretend that you are surfing on the mini ramps. Practicing your turns and airs on your skate will help no end. Just think how many times you can do a turn on your skate in an hour at the park compared to an hour in the sea. Skating is also really good fitness using the same muscle groups and working the cardio you need for surfing.
It makes a massive difference between being on top of your game and flopping about like a seal with no flippers. The 4 main things to work on are, 1. Being slim, having extra weight will make you slow and sluggish. 2. Being strong, gives you the power needed to paddle quickly and the strength to make explosive turns. 3. Cardio, gives you the ability to paddle faster for longer and to keep making power hacks right to the beach. 4. Flexibility, keeping flexible allows you to do faster turns and make things you normally wouldn’t be able to.
When you can’t be in the sea keep surfing on the brain, imagine everything is a wave from the sand dunes to the side of a building and then how you would surf that wave. Keeping visualising surfing in everything you come across will make you amped up for you next surf while keeping turns fresh on your brain.
5. Surf with someone better than you.
This will help your surfing in a couple of ways, it should drive you to want to be as good as them while at the same time they can show you the way to do it. Also it’s always fun to surf with someone else rather than solo.
6. Enjoy surfing.
If you enjoy surfing you will get better no shadow of a doubt. When you are having a shocking surf there is no enjoyment in it and when you’re surfing your best it can only mean you are having a good time. Enjoy surfing as we all know it’s the best sport in the world.
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