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Six ways to improve your surfing


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.

3. Fitness

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.

4. Visualising

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.

Kathleen "Kat" Yeung takes her Golden Retriever dog "Saint" surfing at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA - photos by Mike Baird 19june2007

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.

Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a travel journalist - travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate's inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.

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