Inside Surf Waves Are Great Training Grounds


When I teach Oceanside Surf Lessons, lots of students point to the outside and say I want to surf there. That is an admirable target just like surfing on a short board. What students learn pretty quickly is that there is more to DSCF1224surfing technique than they imagined.

In the days of the 100 pound Hawaiian planks, you could get up on a board rather easily. Now the boards are smaller and more technique is required. We also do more with waves than just ride them straight in. The inside waves on most beaches allow us to learn a lot before we tackle the bigger outside waves.

We start by riding foam waves straight to the beach. If you can ride the wave straight in, you have mastered balance on the board for this stage. Next we can start using pressure on the back foot pressing on the toes or heels to start carving in the foam.

Then when waves reform on the inside we can take them at an angle in the pocket and drive the wave just like we would do on the outside. In the pocket, you could also learn how to pump and drive the nose up and down the wave to accelerate the speed.

These are all the techniques necessary to ride outside waves. You can then paddle out and catch bigger foam waves and at the same time start riding smaller waves down the face or catching the pockets at an angle. All of these techniques start the advancement for riding bigger waves.


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