Every day another surftip from our surfteacher and pro-surfer Zouhir Hnina.
With this special tips for advanced surfers you will improve your surf in no-time!
#1 Surftip 1
Paddle towards the wave. Just before the breaking wave you take
your rails with both hands , between the nose and the middle of your board . Push the nose of your board as deeply as possible under water, strech your arms and put your weight over your shoulders and arms. dip your head and shoulders after it. Keep your strongest foot on the tail of your board to put pressure . Raise your other leg in the air. In the upward movement underwater, pull the Board to you. When you come above water , you lie directly in the right position on your board and you can continue paddling. Number one safety rule: Never let go of your board! God knows where that thing is going to or what your board will smatch…
Make more spead; A Flatter Board
Board design starts with the rocker, which is the curvature of the surfboard’s foam. General principles dictate that more rocker will result in a slower board that turns well. As you get to the flats of a wave the rocker will push water instead of gliding over it. A flatter rocker will plane easier and work very well when you don’t have larger waves to help generate speed.
Surfing starts with what you eat.
We may forget it sometimes but it is so important!… The fuel you are putting into your body during surf fitness training day in, day out, determines how you feel and how well you can perform. Of 50% of your diet consist of natural and water-rich foods like fruits, vegetables and sprouts and the other 50% is lean protein and complex carbs, you are on your way to feeling great and performing at your peak.
Adjust your feet while riding the wave. If you’re surfing with static feet, there’s something wrong. When you attack the lip of the wave, try to move your back foot to the tail of the surfboard so that you can turn it fast.
Check the time period between waves.
Surf watches are great to confirm wave period. By getting simple, statistical information on the line-up, you’ll know when the set comes and if the first wave of the set is the best one. (It often is.)
Learn to pick the right wave. For a beginner, all waves are the same: the bigger, the better. Advanced surfers know how a wave will be breaking. Watch for the highest sections, when a wave appears on the horizon. Remember: if the wave line is leveled, it will be closing out. Also, take a look at the back of the wave as it passes you, and check how it breaks.
I recommended using your hands to twist (not lean!) your upper body toward your turning direction. To make the turn even tighter, you need concentrate on the strength of your core. Use your hips as a swivel point; feel the twist of your upper body/hands transfer down to your swivelling hips and down to your heels or toes, depending on which way you want to turn. This will encourage an even sharper turn and you’ll see the water spray off your surfboard’s rails.
Mix it Up!
Many advanced surfers are accustomed to putting on surfing displays in the water; they become resistant to trying new combinations of moves or new maneuvers due to the likelihood of making mistakes. Dunn encourages any advanced surfer to embrace mistakes and treat those as the golden ticket to improvement. Humans learn quicker through failure than through any other means. Don’t be satisfied to stay at a certain level. You must continually challenge your surfing.
A proper warm up is probably one of the hardest things to get yourself to do. It’s tough to be on the beach jumping around when the surf is pumping. But while you you might miss a couple waves warming up, but you will rip harder on the ones you do catch, and could prevent an injury as well.
A good warm up can be between 5 – 10 minutes. Think about what surfing physically demands when planning your warm up — squatting, twisting, jumping, landing, pushing up, popping up and paddling. Find a routine that gives you a slight sweat when you are done and gives you an overall sense of readiness. You will feel a difference and hopefully that difference becomes addicting.
Pumping describes the action of going up and down the wave. It usually happens on the steep section of the wave. The higher you are the more speed you will generate when going down. Once you are down decompress your legs and spring back up the wave. Repeat this a couple of times and you will be generating sufficient speed for your next turn or move.
To trim the surfboard transfer weight between your toe side and heel side. This will pull you up and down the face of the wave and help you in maintaining and generating speed.