Position When Catching a Wave0 comments
Your position is critical in catching the wave. If you are not committed enough, you won't be catching any waves, and if you are paddling into waves too late, then you'll be pitched nose first into the water.
Aim to catch the wave in the moments before it breaks into whitewater. Timing is the key.
In general, you'll find it much easier to get up when catching unbroken waves, the surface of the wave will be smoother, and your surfboard will not be pitching all over the place. Another important tip is to be sure you start to paddle along the wave and not just straight into shore. Paddling at an angle means that you're already traveling along the wave.
The photo below shows a surfer getting into just the right position. He's already paddling into the wave and nearing the critical take-off position. You can also see that he's already angling down along the line. (Looks like this guy is in for a really nice wave; he probably learned all about surfing from these very pages!)
We've got more positions than the Kama Sutra, so let's continue on another page. Next up is learning how to get into position in the lineup. Afterwards, it's on to more surfing positions you need to know.
If you think you're ready, then why not find out what's next on your path to surfing enlightenment by taking a look at surfing lesson #6-what's next after the basics.
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