How to Surf [Ocean surfing]


How to Surf [learn to surf in the Ocean]

Every student wants to be an expert, but there are several fundamentals

How to surf in the ocean

How to surf in the ocean

that teach us how to surf starting at the beginning.

First, we want to be comfortable in

the ocean. We learn how to handle the surf board in the waves and not get

hurt. We start off waist deep for all students.

Then we want to learn how to paddle, stay balanced, and catch waves.

With the right techniques students can practice on their own after the

lessons or take their learning to other beaches in the world. In my Oceanside surf lessons, I am teaching students all these little lessons without them being aware.

The athletic part is getting from the lying down position to the standing position.

We call this the pop up. The posture on the board has to be just right or

students fall off the board. Read on to learn the pop up technique.

In the Water

I give students a four count for the pop up. On one, we paddle until we catch the wave.

On two, we place our hands in a man’s push up position. Three, we push

How to surf [learn to surf in the ocean]

How to do a pop up

off the board and bring our front foot forward to the middle of the board.

On four, we are standing in the perfect posture with shoulders and hips

squared to the beach. In the water is where the real instruction occurs.

Learning how to surf includes several different techniques, one following

the other.

Getting Better

Some students advance very fast in an hour lesson. As soon as

students can catch waves and pop up, I start advancing them.

They learn to paddle out through the waves, turn around and

catch the next wave. They learn how to carve turns while riding

toward the beach on foam waves. Some even learn to start riding

real waves.

Confidence Builds

I am amused at how some students start saying they want to

catch bigger waves as their confidence builds on the small waves.

It is not uncommon for students to start paddling out further

and trying to catch bigger foam waves closer to the main break.

Sure they get wrecked, but they laugh and often catch big waves

for long rides. They’re hooked for life. When students learn

how to surf, they often love it from the first ride.

Longer Surf Lessons

An hour takes everyone through the basics

How to surf (learn to surf in the ocean)

Advancing to ride real waves

to practice on their own. A longer surf lesson allows

students to practice with my supervision and

comments and advance to more techniques. It

takes more stamina, but certainly kids and teens

have no trouble with longer sessions.

A second or third day has students feeling at one

in the water like fish. They master all the basics and

are thoroughly enjoying the techniques without having

to think about them.

Which Surf Board to Use

I start kids and teens on 8′ or 9′ soft top boards

depending on their size and coordination. The

larger the volume of the board, the easier it is

How to surf (soft top surf boards)

Using soft top surf boards

to learn the fundamentals.

I start all adults on a 9′ surf board. As students

get better on the 9′ board, I move them to the

8′ size. The 8′ board is easier to handle but more

difficult to paddle, catch waves, and ride.

Surfing Fitness

A lot of seniors wonder if they are fit to surf.

Age is functional. Three physical aspects are important:

Stretching, upper body strength, and stamina. Anyone

who visits the gym, does yoga, runs, rides bikes, or so

many other pursuits will be just fine.

Kids don’t really have the upper body strength,

but they can scramble on the boards and their weight doesn’t

upset the balance if they are careful.

Adults have to be able to follow the pop up procedure to

maintain balance on the board. I suggest they begin practicing

at home or certainly after the lessons if they want to continue

surfing in their future.


Join me and let’s have some fun. How far can you go?

If you are interested in Surf Lessons in Oceanside, see my Home Page

Read my online book if you want an 80 page thorough explanation

of everything I have talked about above (below)

Follow these internal links for more specific instructions:

My post on how to prepare for surfing on vacation

Most students eyes light up when we start the carving session. Here’s a few tips

The transition from foam waves to real waves is a big step. Three videos on this process.

Of course, everyone wants to learn to surf the short board. These are the steps.

I have over 800 posts, so find the ones that relate to what you want to learn.

Follow these external links for more surf instructions:

Surf Lesson Tutorials. These may not be exactly as I teach but they are helpful

This instructor gives a good overall video lesson on learning to surf

My video on How to Do Pop Ups


Surf Lessons in Oceanside [the ebook]

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