Check us out in VoyageLA Magazine!

We’re excited about the latest write-up from VoyageLA in their LA City Guide! Kai Sanson talks a bit about his story and how Zuma Surf & Swim Training came to be...

logo-footer
Meet Kai Sanson of Zuma Surf & Swim Training in Malibu, Santa Monica & Venice Beach

Kai Iguana

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.

~ Tip #1
~ Tip #2
~ Tip #3
~ Tip #4
~ Tip #5
_O4B2389 (2)

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!

Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #4

  • TIP #4 -- Go body surfing!
  • Find your inner “waterman”. Or just go swim (preferably with swim fins) in the surf zone. This will help you to feel comfortable getting tossed around by the waves. Eventually you will figure out how not to get tossed around and may even enjoy a good thrashing. Bodysurf the waves. Figure out the timing and how to turn your body into a board and ride the waves to the beach. An old fav, pull into the barrel and throw a peace sign or a “shaka” at your buddy. This is a good workout and will help you to understand wave dynamics. In the end it will pay off with you catching more waves while surfing.
  • tayolor-char-bodysurfing-3_grande

Bring a friend, get a deal, catch some waves!

Whether you’re making your annual overseas or coastal LA visit and surfing with us, or simply carving time out of your busy schedule every week to fight LA traffic for an 8am surf session with us - you all make us truly love what we do. So as we approach the holidays, we wanted to offer a big thanks to you with a gift: Bring a friend and you both can surf together for the price of one.

Simply
book your lesson between now (Nov 15) through January 31, 2014 and get ready to catch some 2-for-1 winter waves together (don’t worry, we have some new toasty 4/3 suits for ya)!

wintersurf_zuma

Regular/currently existing clients only.
Must redeem lesson during promotion time: Nov 15 - Dec 31, 2013.
Can be used toward gift certificate purchase. If gift certificate is redeemed after promotion time, it is redeemable for the promo amount paid ($120) and giver/recipient must pay remaining balance (if applicable).
Subject to schedule availability & weather conditions.
24-hr or more cancellation notice required for refund.
Not valid with other vouchers, deals or offers.