Getting on and Where
to Lay on your Surfboard
Whereyou lay on your surfbaord
influences how fast you can paddle and how many waves you
will catch. Keep reading for the basic fundamentals of where
to lay on your surfboard.
When getting into the water, walk
out through the waves crumbling into the shoreline as far
as possible. Mount your surfboard from the side, hands on
the rails, put your chest first and then swing your legs up
onto the board.
Center yourself on the board, keep
your legs straight behind you (hanging your feet over the
sides in the beginning helps you to stay stable, but don't
make it a habit), back arched with your chest slightly off
There are 2 main sweet spots on
a surfboard that we generally talk about, one is where you
put your feet to turn the surfboard. The other is where the
surfboard is balanced. The balanced sweet spot is where we
stand when riding whitewater waves and is where we want our
body when laying on the surfboard. Laying on the balanced
sweet spot will ensure the surfboard is level in the water,
giving you maximum glide.
Turning Sweet Spot Balanced
When getting on your board for
the first time move around untill you find the sweet spot,
where the board is level in the water, the nose should be
around 1-2 inches above the water. Once you find the sweet
spot, measure where you are on the board, i.e. work out where
you are in relation to the logo, or stretch your hand out
and see how far you are from the nose. Then everytime you
get back on your surfboard measure first, get in the right
position then start paddling.
If you are having trouble staying
stable on the board, put your hands out to the side in the
water and slowly move them back and forward, just like you
are relaxing in a bath tub.
Most people starting out forget
to arch their backs, causing them to lay too far back on the
board. You can always tell who is the beginner from this.
Laying on the back of the surfboard is like paddling with
the brakes on.
For Example, Most modern surfboards
need us to stand on the tail (back) of the surfboard to enable
us to turn, but you need to remember putting weight on the
tail of the board will also slow you down, it's like putting
on the brakes, and so it is why we stand up on the balance
sweet spot when riding whitewater waves and when paddling.
Laying too far back on the surfboard
Arching your back helps you lay
further up the surfboard and stops your legs from dragging
in the water, also slowing you down. A rough rule of thumb
is that your feet should be around the tail of the board.
Also don't lay too far up as the
nose of the board will go under the water usually causing
you to nose dive (pearl) and fall off while paddling... does
not look cool... If it doesnt nose dive you will still be
pushing water making it a lot of hard work.
Laying on your surfboard is truly
an important factor in how many waves you will catch and will
help you to progress faster.
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