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How to Catch an Unbroken Wave | How Surfers Paddle into Green Waves


catching an unbroken wave is one of the most difficult things to learn as a novice surfer it requires a lot of practice your patience and hard work will be rewarded though as nothing compares to the feeling of dropping in on a green wave for the first time first you must understand the four different stages of a wave at stage a the wave is our love and all will be impossible to catch half stage B this is where you want to catch a Green Wave this inversion wave shape has a perfect power and steepness to you to paddle into it at stage C the way will break onto your back at stage D the wave has already broken and has now become whitewater now let’s have a look at how to catch green waves catching an unbroken wave is the art of predicting where and when the wave would be captured and positioning yourself accordingly you want to sit about 4 to 5 metres out from where the majority of the waves are breaking if you wait in the exact spot where the majority of the waves break you will start to paddle and the waves will break on your back whilst you’re sitting five meters out further than the break look at the horizon to try and spot lamps that look like stage a waves pick a wave turn around and give a minimum of eight strong paddle strokes you want to wave that transitions from stage a to stage B as you’re paddling for it the next challenge is to match the speed of the wave when you’re paddling for it matching the speed of a whitewater wave is very easy because the foam pushes you forward matching the speed of a green wave is a whole nother ballgame because there’s nothing pushing you forward now it’s a combination of a proper paddle technique and your new friend gravity that will get you into the waves to maximize the chances of catching unbroken waves you need to use the right cover technique you do this by using long strong deep paddle strokes you also need to be positioned perfectly in the center of your surfboard and have your nose coming out of the water but no more than five centimetres make sure you take a glance over your shoulder to know if you need to paddle more or less depending on the wave shape at that critical moment when the surfer gets that lift up on the wave he keeps his head low putting extra weight over the nose this is key to sticking on an unbroken wave your head and the upper part of your shoulders probably weighed 20 kilograms or more imagine the difference it can make when you bring your head lower and closer to the surfboard as you are lifting up on the way this way it helps you use gravity to Cystic on that green wave this surfers position making his nose 2 seconds later as he is lifted up on the face of the way the space under his nose gets even bigger because he does not bring his head lower to the surfboard often when the wave is it too steep a stage you won’t feel like you need to bring your head closer to the surfboards nose at this point you may want to arch your back to slow yourself down to get a better entry into the way you should do your pop up on the top two-thirds of the way once you feel your tail lifting and you feel that you’re gliding with the wave give to last paddle strokes put your hands beside your pictorials arch your back and then pull up when you feel confident you’ve caught the wave and you give those two extra paddles don’t hesitate to pop up a common mistake is to keep traveling down the face of the wave until you’re at the bottom arching your back will prevent you from nose diving and also slow you down so you don’t go all the way down the face of the way it won’t get better here are some tips for catching green waves we often see beginner surf is making a mistake of sitting a lot further out than experienced surfers the spot where experienced surface it is usually a good indication of where the waves breaking next you want to pull that floats the bigger the board the easier it will be for you to paddle into green waves catching a green wave is about paddling fast enough to match the speed of the wave since the board is big it paddles much faster than the smaller board it makes it easier for you to catch green wave vector surfers catch more waves because they move around a lot the more proactive you’ll be in positioning yourself in the right spot the more waves you’re catch here are some common mistakes many begin the surfers don’t look behind them at the wave and they miss time they’re paddling you simply can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t look behind you to see what’s actually happening don’t paddle with too much angle for a wave at first you want to be paddling perpendicular to the wave facing straight to the beach this is the easiest way to catch a green wave don’t think you’ve paddled enough when you’re doubting if you paddled enough for a wave give those two extra strokes before popping up don’t be afraid to nose I notice diving never happens because paddled too much no styling often happens when you’re hesitates don’t paddle enough lose your speed and get pushed forward by the wave it can also happen if you’re paddling too far up swing your surfboard with your nose already sinking in the water before you’ve even started paddling you may also know dive when you’re trying to catch a wave at stage C when the wave is already great so finally here are the keys to catch a new treating wave sit five meters further out than the break look over your shoulders paddle into a stage B wave make sure you’ve got the proper paddle technique a bigger board for faster paddling keeping your head low when the wave lifts you two extra power strokes arch your back and pop up if you’re a beginner or intermediate surfer looking to learn to surf or improve your skills head over to the live more magazine com to unlock your surfing potential and get ready for your next surf trip if you have any questions on how to catch away or you want to share any of your experiences trying to get onto an unbroken wave please let us know in the comments below 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