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Beginner Surfing Secrets: 5 Common Surfing Errors and How to Correct Them

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How’s everybody doing? My name’s Clinton. And I’m Brianna. And we’re with San Diego Surf School. We’re here today to share with you some of the beginning surfer secrets for that beginner in surfing who’s looking to take their surfing to the next level. What we’re going to do first is we’re going to go over the first secret, which is when to pop up on a wave. You’re going to find yourself paddling on a wave, and you’re going to think the wave is about to break on you. Have you ever been in that scenario before? Yes.And you’re afraid that you’re going to nosedive, and fall off the board. So the best time is when the wave is about to break to pop up on the wave. The reason behind that is because when you pop up right away, you catch all of the energy of the wave, and it’s the same as riding a bike. When you’re going faster, it’s a lot easier to ride and stay balanced on the bike. So the same concept with the board.The second most common error and beginner surfer secret that we’re going to go over is where to place your hands on the board when you go to pop up. So if you’d lay down on the board for me. Awesome. So you’re going to see, first off, that your feet are just about in the right spot. You want your feet to be able to touch the back of the board. So that way, you’re just far enough back to not nosedive on the board, which would be if you are too far forward.If you’re too far back on the board, what’s going to happen is you’re not going to be able to get into the wave. So you’re in the right placement right now. Now when someone normally goes to paddle, and they go to pop up, a lot of people tend to grab the rail. Now what’s going to happen is when people tend to grab the rail, the biggest problem is they’ll shake the board like that, and that’ll throw off their balance when they go to pop up on the board. So when you have your hands flat on it, right here. There you go, perfect. When your hands are flat on the board, you’ll find that you’re applying pressure on both sides of the board to keep it more balanced.So when you go to pop up, it’s easier. So paddle, paddle, and up. Awesome. Now our third most common error and beginner surfer secret that we’re going to go over is paddling. So when you’re paddling, Brianna, do you ever find yourself frantically paddling and just moving a lot of water but not going anywhere? Yeah. So the reason behind that is you’re not moving much water when you’re doing that. What you want to do is– it’s a saying that I’ve heard before, is “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” You want to pretend that you’re paddling through a big tub of jello, and as you’re paddling through that, you can imagine that it’s hard, you have to move your arms very slowly to get through that jello. You want to use the same concepts out in the ocean. The reason behind that is you’ll be moving more of the water behind you, therefore pushing yourself faster. The fourth one is a lot of people, when they’re paddling for the wave, what’s going to happen is– pretend to paddle for me– they’re going to look down at the board, just like you did right there.So what happens when you look down at the board? Do you know? You nose dive? Exactly. When you paddle for the wave, you want to pick a spot on the beach to look at. So whether it’s a trash can, a grain of sand, maybe you see a flower you like, you want to pick out that spot on the beach– pretty flowers– you want to pick out that spot on the beach, because it’s the same concept as riding a bike or driving a car. How often do you find yourself looking down at the steering wheel or the handlebars when you’re driving? Not often. Exactly. So you want to have that same thing– not often– with surfing, because you want to be able to be aware of your surroundings and be able to react to everything in time. The fifth most common error in surfing is when people fall off the board, they’ll fall the wrong way and get hurt by the board.So it’s important to learn how to fall to protect yourself from getting hit. So if you find yourself too far on to one side of the board and you fall off, you want to try to do your best to push yourself away as far as you can from the board, so that way it doesn’t come towards you. You also don’t want to fall in front of it, and you also don’t want to fall behind it, in case it comes back. So what you want to do is you want to push yourself as far away from the board as you can and try to fall flat. By falling flat, you’ll avoid anything under the water, you’ll keep yourself on the surface, and that way the board will move away from you. So that is our fifth most common error and beginner surfing secret. Thank you all for taking the time out of your day to watch this video. Coming to you from San Diego Surf School, I’m Clinton.And I’m Brianna. And we’ll catch you guys in the water. .

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