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Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #6

TIP #6 -- Look for and paddle out in the “channels.”

Channels, you ask? Channels are where the water is literally channeling back out to sea (aka “the path of least resistance”). Paddle out where the waves are NOT breaking or where they are breaking less. This means pushing through fewer waves for you as you paddle out. More importantly, you will not be paddling out right where other surfers are riding the waves (and that’s another tip of its own to come involving “surf etiquette”).

Trouble finding the channels in some spots? Here’s a hint: Many beach breaks will have small channels that may be hard to see at first. Watch the water BEFORE you paddle out and find one. Also, watch what other surfers are doing...where are they having trouble, where are they having an easier time getting out there? Jumping in the rip current is an option some surfers do - it may help you blaze by your buddy who didn’t find the channel and is busy trying to fight the white-water. However, unless you’re a more experienced surfer and/or a fairly strong & skilled ocean swimmer, this could cause more trouble and danger for you than it’s worth.

Missed or need a recap on the last five beginner tips? Just click on the below links.

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~ Tip #2
~ Tip #3
~ Tip #4
~ Tip #5
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Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #5

  • TIP #5 -- Go for the glide to easy drop in by catching that wave early!
  • This is critical for successful drops at beach breaks like Zuma, Santa Monica and Venice.
  • Catch that wave early -- Paddle your ass off. When learning how to surf, what is the most common wipeout? Hint, it is also the most “un-fun” wipeout. That’s right. The “nose-dive.” Aka “pearl”, aka “endo”, aka “face-plant”. So many different names for the same unfortunate demise of the beginning surfer. Yes, it can be caused by being too far forward on the board of course, but more times than not, I see it happen because the person catches the wave too late, right when it is breaking.
  • This wipe-out can be avoided by catching the wave early. Paddle med-fast at first to line up the wave (slight angle the direction you want to go), then right before it gets to you, paddle as hard as you can. This will help you glide into the wave and catch it early. You can get to your feet right as you begin to drop down, which shifts your weight back and angles the nose of your board up. End result, fewer face plants and better waves!