There is nothing worse than going out to surf and being bummed out by not catching a break with the waves. That is soul-destroying. Also, you have the idea that Mother Nature was just not on your side. But what if you could change a few things to increase your chance of catching those waves?
Well, I’m going to let you in on a few tips that could very well make a difference resulting in you having a blast. Of course, the surf gods may have other ideas but at least with all of this you can put up a bit of a fight.
1. Check Out the Surf Before Getting In
I know you are desperate to get started catching waves but taking a few moments to survey the scene can make a huge difference. Avoid looking at what is right in front of you and look to the sides. Trust me when I say it’s best to move along the coastline if conditions are better than trying to make do with what is in front of you.
Of course, you should also check the surf report before you leave. Several surf related apps could also make a difference, and they do make life easier.
2. Better Understand Your Board
Not every surfboard is designed in the same way, and this makes a difference when it comes to your ability to catch the waves. Also, inexperienced people are unaware that different boards are designed for different levels of surfer. Obviously, it needs to be a perfect match or you simply make life harder for yourself.
As your experience grows, you can move to a board that is more receptive to the waves rather than you sitting there like a dead duck in the water.
3. Have Patience
It’s not the number of waves you catch but the quality. Having patience will tend to work in your favor. Learn to wait it out for the big one that is around the corner rather than grabbing the first wave you encounter.
What I recommend is for you to try sitting out down the line and taking a chance. Look for that bigger wave or see that a surfer has been wiped out or missed their spot and go for it. In this instance, fortune favors the brave.
By doing this, you avoid wasting your energy on those smaller waves that the more experienced surfer would ignore. Why would you become exhausted on poorer waves to then be too tired to take advantage of those monsters?
4. Be Prepared to Commit
If you paddle in a half-hearted manner, then you will miss out on those waves. Paddle with real intent and understand that you must commit to getting into a good position to catch the wave as early as possible. Just like you would use a headlamp for running in the dark, you need to commit to the surf.
I always believe that if you lack commitment, then your chances of hitting poor waves will be higher. Committing increases your awareness and boosts energy, whereas hesitating will lead to you crashing out, more often than not.
5. Learn to Read Waves
Predicting the water makes everything else mentioned above seem so much easier. Failing to accurately read the waves results in missed opportunities along with having a wonderful surf.
There are two paths to follow with this, but I recommend checking out both to further enhance your abilities.
First, remember when I mentioned earlier about checking out the surf? Well, that will be the perfect opportunity to learn to read the waves. When you are checking it out, you are not looking to see if the sea is flat. Instead, you are also looking to see how the waves are acting.
Spend time looking out and check which waves build and those that bottom out. Experience makes this process easier, so team up with an experienced surfer who can talk you through what they are seeing.
The other path is to get in the water and feel what the energy is like out there. Even consider spending time not even trying to ride them but allow them to pass to see how good your predictions were.
I know that there are a whole host of other points that I could have covered but I feel that the points listed above are key. All you need to do is to go and put them into practice.