You always want to improve your surfing, whether you’re a free surfer or a competitive surfer.
Advanced skills include:
- Picking the sound wave.
- Paddling efficiently.
- Keeping an eye on the aerial ramp.
- Pumping for speed.
- Accomplishing a new trick.
Intermediate surfers can readily progress to advanced levels, and it’s merely a matter of taking small moves forward in the advanced chapter.
Details are essential for improved performance. So, what are the keys to expert surfing?
1. Master the Art of Wave Selection
All waves are the same for beginners: the bigger, the better. Advanced surfers can predict how a wave will break.
When a wave appears on the horizon, look for the highest sections.
Remember that the wave line will close out if it is leveled. Also, as the wave passes you, look at the back of the wave to see how it breaks.
2. Fine-tune the peak’s position
Make a few calculations after viewing where the wave is breaking the most, considering your take-off time and the wave’s speed.
A half-meter (20 inches) to the right or left might sometimes determine the outcome of your journey.
3. Maintain Your Focus
Your eyes become your driving wheel once you’ve taken off.
Move your gaze to your next objective. Set a goal for yourself using your eyes and get there quickly.
4. Keep your center of gravity as low as possible.
Bend your knees to keep your center of gravity low in the surf line.
Staying low can help you gain speed while increasing your stability.
5. Paddle With Fingers Nearly Closed
It’s a minor point, but it’s effective. Paddling for waves and paddling out requires muscle and lungs.
You can save energy and boost paddling force by nearly closing your fingers.
6. Examine the Time Between Waves
Surf watches are excellent for determining the wave period.
You’ll know when the set arrives and if the group’s first wave is the best by gathering simple, statistical information about the lineup. (This happens frequently.)
7. While Riding the Wave, Adjust Your Feet
Something is amiss if you’re surfing with your feet stuck in place.
When attacking the wave’s lip, consider moving your rear foot to the surfboard’s tail so you can turn it quickly.
8. Pick one goal and work toward it.
Completing one surf maneuver is preferable to nearly completing three.
Concentrate on a single goal and adjust your commitment only when it has been met.
9. Keep an eye on the wave face-timing.
Your eyes will glimpse what’s ahead when you complete your bottom spin.
Continue to analyze what is happening on the wave to make real-time decisions.
10. Watch Slow Motion Wave Videos
Surf movies and videos are excellent resources for learning advanced surfing techniques.
There are always interesting aspects to watch, from take-off to aerial landing; then try it yourself.
11. Examine Your Errors
Surfers aren’t machines, and we all make errors. Even professionals make errors.
Don’t condemn yourself if you fail to accomplish a simple trick. Try to figure out what went wrong.
The odds of making the same error again will be slimmer.
12. Expand the Wave Face’s Working Area
Surfing from bottom to top and top to bottom can help you improve your performance.
With extreme bottom spins and over-the-lip tail slides, extend the wave face area where you finish your roundhouse cutback and snap off the top.
13. Select the Correct Surfboard for the Wave
Advanced surfers have more options for specific wave types with two or three surfboards.
To surf with the finest possible stick under your feet, select the proper fin arrangement for a specific ocean situation.
14. Emphasize rail-to-rail surfing
Work on rail-to-rail performance in a wave to get the most out of each ride. Advanced surfers never remain silent.
Balance, speed, and wave face management are required for rail-to-rail surfing.
15. Understand how waves are created
When you’re in line, knowledge and science will aid you in making decisions.
Modern surfing relies heavily on physics and oceanography.
Advanced surfers are well-versed in the water. Understand how waves form and what wind is.