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!