A quick learn to surf guide
for newcomers to the sport/lifestyle/obsession of surfing
How to 'Pop Up' on
Practice popping up on land
first Always practice the 'pop-up' on dry land
before you try it in the water. Below are the steps of the
classic surfing 'pop up' start by doing it slow and practice
untill you are not thinking about it anymore. Once you can
pop up without thinking then you can start speeding it up.
Lay down on the sand placing your hands at
your side near your ribs and close to your body, elbows
Push your chest/waist up off the ground and
bring your back foot up to around where your knees are.
Your front foot should go near where your
Still keeping your knees bent, take your
hands off the board.
All these steps should be done while looking
It takes a bit more effort doing this out of
the water, but it will help you to build up your pop-up muscles
and get the action going smoothly.
Do not kneel; go straight to your feet. Both
feet need to be under you at the same time, one in front of
the other, with the toes pointing perpendicular to the centerline
of the board.
Going to your knees first is not the same action
as going to your feet. Kneeling just develops a bad habit
that you will need to overcome later on, so start with the
right technique of going straight to your feet.
Another point is to rotate your hips, if you
don't, you will be in a stance similar to riding snow skis,
there is no way you can maintain your balance in a ski stance
when you are on a moving surfboard.
In the beginning you'll want to stand further
up the surfboard, as you will be riding whitewater waves,
this will allow you to glide all the way to the beach.
Most modern surfboards are meant to be ridden
with 1 foot on the back (tail) of the surfboard, but this
comes later when you are riding green waves on the open face.
Watch this quick vidoe on
how to pop-up on a surfboard
Other Surfboard 'Pop Up'
Where you look is where you go If you ask most surfers how they do those
turns, they will most likely answer "you look there and
you go there". Although this is a bit vague, it is actually
a great surfing tip!
Look out in front where you are going, don't
look down at the board, or at the wave, as it dramatically
affects your ability to balance. Look down, you go down!
It's why surfers always get great in the water
shots, as they are looking forward into the camera :)
Practice untill you get it smooth The first time you try this, do it slow
and stay in a low crouching position, when you let go of the
board. The action should be controlled, not a jump.
Jumping has 2 main setbacks;
1. jumping jolts the surfboard, causing it to
momentarily slow down, many times enough to stop you continuing
on your ride.
2. There is no guarantee on where your feet
At first the goal of practising to stand up
on a surfboard is to get it smooth, without interfering with
the glide, direction and momentum of the surfboard. Once you
get it smooth, then you can start to look at making it faster.