New To Surfing? Follow These Two Basic Tips For Success

Have you always wanted to learn how to surf, but think it looks a bit intimidating? Surfing lessons can be a great way to learn the basics that set you up for success. Here are some tips that you're likely to learn during your lessons.

Learn How To Paddle

There is a right and wrong way to paddle while your body is on the board. You want to avoid stretching your arms out too far out because doing so means you will lose power. Instead, your arms should be in a comfortable position where the elbow is still bent, and then you can bring your arm backward to paddle with more strength. 

You'll also want to learn how to keep your position on the board while you are paddling. If you are too far back on the board, the nose is going to go upward and cause the rear of the board to dip under the water. If you are positioned too far to the front, the nose of the board is going to dip underwater and cause you to go under as well. Since everyone's body shape is different, it helps to have someone guide you as you learn the right position of where you and the board are level with the water. Make a mental note of what is on the board, such as part of the design, that can indicate you are in the right position.

It is a good idea to get the hang of paddling before you even attempt to ride a wave since it's such a key part of getting into position.

Learn How To Pop Up 

There is a right and wrong way to pop up onto the board when you are getting ready to stand on it. While you are in the proper position to paddle on the board, put your hands flat on the board so that they are under your shoulders. From there, you will push yourself upward by extending your arms, which gives you balance and helps keep the board level as well. Then, twist your shoulders and bring one foot up onto the board near the back, followed by bringing the other foot up and between your hands. When you put the motion together quickly, this will help you keep moving forward and remain balanced for the entire pop-up motion.

Consider taking surf classes for more basic tips that will help ensure success out on the water. Contact a company that offers group surf lessons for more information.