I've been surfing irregularly now for about two years and truly enjoy any time that I can get to go surfing. The problem I'm having is that I think that my technique is basically flawed and therefore I am never going to get anywhere. A couple of friends began surfing at the same time as myself and they are regularly catching waves and improving while I'm still struggling. I'm hoping someone here can give me some good tips and guidance when it comes to the 'pop up' as I feel this is the weakest aspect of my technique. Basically, as of right now, when I catch a wave it's completely random whether or not I can stumble to my feet on it. I've read a few comments on here and it sounds like I'm definitely doing things wrong.
Whenever I feel like I have caught the wave I instinctively grab the rails of my board and try and push myself up which leads to me getting 'stuck' as I'm holding on to the board and standing up becomes impossible. My friends have said to concentrate on the "push-up" technique placing both hands about shoulder width and then pushing on the arms and pulling my knees in to my chest and then securing them in position on the board. I've just been surfing this weekend (Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland) and unfortunately on the second day things flatted out and I didn't get a chance to try out this technique.
I was wondering what you guys and gals thought of this and if you could offer any further advice. Even the smallest details of what I could do to improve my chances of standing up ... things I could practice at home, exercises you'd recommend.
I'm fit and go to the gym about 3 times a week so I know I have good upper body strength but as I said any advice would be gratefully appreciated. I love surfing but I feel quite despondant about the fact that I'm not getting as much out of it as I could be. I'll never give up but I'd like to have some things in mind to try out next time so I can progress.
I'm 5'8, weigh 160lbs (70Kg or 11stone) and I'm currently surfing a Bic MiniMal 7'3"
Thanks for your time