Surfing Position On The Wave10 comments
Surfing is all about going fast enough to keep on the wave. Forget what your driving instructor has told you, there is no such thing as going too fast in surfing! Your surfing position on the wave is where your speed will come from.
Surfing is like going downhill. As you drop down the face of the wave, you'll build up speed. You can use your legs and body weight to keep your speed up to carve on the wave. To pick up speed you need to maintain a high position up on the wave.
When you are just beginning to surf, you'll initially have too much on your mind to think about speed, and you'll likely think that you are ripping along despite what you do. At first only think about cruising along the shoulder of the wave and keeping in front of the white water. Then, when you feel you are ready to speed up, take a look at how other surfers do it.
Surfer High Up A The Wave
The above picture shows the surfer high up on the wave. He will be able to dramatically increase his speed by dropping down the face of the wave if required. (Not that there will be any lack of speed on this wave!)
So what about "after surfing"? What is the best position then? Well, you should position yourself at bar, obviously. (Only a soft drink for all you under-age grommets!). But what is the best position to be in at the bar? Like any good surfer make sure that you put your hand in your pocket when it is your round. Check out this picture and then have a look at the explanation below.
People Standing At The Bar
Position A - This is a great way to relax after a full day of surfing. Get a few games of pool under your belt and punish the guy who has been snaking you all afternoon
Position B - If you are having a few drinks make sure you are near the bathroom, and the way is clear.
Position C - Underage? Well, you should not be in the pub at all. Stop reading this section and get on with your homework!
Position D - If you want to get served then make yourself seen. If you are not very tall try wearing a pair of '70s-style platform shoes, a guaranteed way to add an extra couple of inches. And always give the bar person your best smile.
on Jun 10, 2011
on Nov 11, 2011
on Jan 18, 2012
|you really need 2 include the after surfing thing?|
on Feb 26, 2012
|i really want to surf and this really helped me im about t surf my first wave in a couple of weeks thx :) !!!!|
on May 15, 2012
|cheers man, had two lessons so far an i'm looking out for 2nd hand board now, gonna do a couple more lessons tho, Bundoran, Ireland is my spot, surfing rocks !!|
on May 16, 2012
|Great to hear. You'll have plenty of good waves ahead of you if your local is Bundoran. Lucky you!|
on Jun 9, 2012
|Cool. I'm going to surf one day :)|
on Dec 12, 2012
|Well its winter and right now im mastering my pop-up and considering wether or not to "surf" up and down a hill of snow to test my balance. Will that ruin my board? It has a foam bottom and no fin. Wait. . . is a fin nessisary for surfing? Is it just to help the board stay pointing foward? Am I asking to much questions? Sorry im just stoked about surfing and I dont wanna end up looking like a kook.|
on Jan 28, 2013
|Thanks guys, fun times, thanks for the brush up!|
on Jun 20, 2013
|sick waves in Durban pull in during the winter, so keen to test out my new surfing knowledge!|