Everything you need to know about surfing – Step 4 Basic Techniques
How to surf Phillip Island

Everything you need to know about surfing – Step 4 Basic Techniques


  • –   Get onto your board with your belly facing down and leave your feet hanging over the edge. Place your board in the shallow water.
  • –   Use your arms to paddle and slowly move into deeper waters.
  • –   Elevate your body a little, move your hands in such a way that they are now holding the sides of the board and try catching the smaller waves.
  • –   Get ready for the big challenging wave.
  • –   Face the beach and turn the nose or the pointy edge of your board.
  • –   When you see your wave approaching, start paddling once more towards the shoreline this time.
  • –   Once the wave is under you, you must stand up.
  • –   Ensure that you are balancing properly and then ride the wave back towards the beach.



Perfect these surf techniques


  1. Paddling- Walk into the water till you’re waist deep in. Then lie down on your board. Use your arms to crawl stroke and cup your hands to increase the pull while paddling. If you hit choppy water, lift your chest off the board and lessen your weight on it slightly.
  2. Catching a wave- When paddling your way back, point your board towards the beach and catch the wave back. Face the sea till you’re certain that you’re ready to catch the wave. You need to practice the art of swinging your board to the left or right, so that you can catch a wave easily. You will feel the wave pick you up and push you forward. When this happens, paddle really hard and lean forward not backward. Within a few minutes, you will be ready to take on the waves!
  3. Standing up- This may look easy, but when you’re out on the waves and trying to jump up from a paddling position, most often than not, you will lose your balance and fall off. This will happen until you learn to balance your weight perfectly. First, find the foot that feels natural to you while you’re in the forward position. If you put your left foot forward, this is called a ‘natural stance’ and if you favour your right foot, you have a ‘goofy foot stance’. If you’re not sure which one you favour- ask a friend to give you slight push and the foot that goes out first is the one that you will use while surfing.
  4. Angling- Once you master the above steps, you need to learn how to angle yourself so that you get a really long and speed-driven ride back to the beach. To turn your board, you need to bend your legs at the knees and lean your weight towards the right or left.


As you can plainly see from this, surfing isn’t just another sport, it’s a wonderful way to express yourself and it’s more just about you- how you feel when you’re out riding the waves, the rush of the air and the energised electric feeling that you get. As the saying goes- “The board is your brush, the wave is your canvas and you, the surfer, are the painter.” So, go ahead and make beauty art while surfing! You’ll simply love it.


By Brett Watson


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