Learning to Surf: 5 Common Surfing Errors and How to Correct Them

Learning to Surf: 5 Common Surfing Errors and How to Correct Them

How’s everybody doing? My name’s Clinton. And I’m Brianna. And we’re with San
Diego Surf School. We’re here today to share
with you some of the beginning surfer secrets for that
beginner in surfing who’s looking to take their
surfing to the next level. [MUSIC PLAYING] What we’re going to
do first is we’re going to go over the
first secret, which is when to pop up on a wave. You’re going to find
yourself paddling on a wave, and you’re going to think the
wave is about to break on you. Have you ever been in
that scenario before? Yes. And you’re afraid that
you’re going to nosedive, and fall off the board. So the best time
is when the wave is about to break to
pop up on the wave. The reason behind that is
because when you pop up right away, you catch all
of the energy of the wave, and it’s the same
as riding a bike. When you’re going
faster, it’s a lot easier to ride and stay
balanced on the bike. So the same concept
with the board. The second most common error
and beginner surfer secret that we’re going
to go over is where to place your hands on the
board when you go to pop up. So if you’d lay down
on the board for me. Awesome. So you’re going to see, first
off, that your feet are just about in the right spot. You want your feet to be able
to touch the back of the board. So that way, you’re just
far enough back to not nosedive on the
board, which would be if you are too far forward. If you’re too far back on the
board, what’s going to happen is you’re not going to be
able to get into the wave. So you’re in the right
placement right now. Now when someone
normally goes to paddle, and they go to pop up, a lot of
people tend to grab the rail. Now what’s going
to happen is when people tend to grab the
rail, the biggest problem is they’ll shake
the board like that, and that’ll throw off
their balance when they go to pop up on the board. So when you have your hands
flat on it, right here. There you go, perfect. When your hands are
flat on the board, you’ll find that you’re
applying pressure on both sides of the board
to keep it more balanced. So when you go to
pop up, it’s easier. So paddle, paddle, and up. Awesome. Now our third most common error
and beginner surfer secret that we’re going to
go over is paddling. So when you’re
paddling, Brianna, do you ever find yourself
frantically paddling and just moving a lot of water
but not going anywhere? Yeah. So the reason behind
that is you’re not moving much water
when you’re doing that. What you want to do
is– it’s a saying that I’ve heard before, is “slow
is smooth, and smooth is fast.” You want to pretend
that you’re paddling through a big tub of
jello, and as you’re paddling through that, you
can imagine that it’s hard, you have to move
your arms very slowly to get through that jello. You want to use the same
concepts out in the ocean. The reason behind
that is you’ll be moving more of the
water behind you, therefore pushing
yourself faster. The fourth one is
a lot of people, when they’re paddling
for the wave, what’s going to happen is– pretend to paddle for me– they’re going to look
down at the board, just like you did right there. So what happens when you
look down at the board? Do you know? You nose dive? Exactly. When you paddle
for the wave, you want to pick a spot on
the beach to look at. So whether it’s a trash
can, a grain of sand, maybe you see a flower you like,
you want to pick out that spot on the beach– pretty flowers– you want to pick out
that spot on the beach, because it’s the same concept as
riding a bike or driving a car. How often do you find
yourself looking down at the steering wheel or the
handlebars when you’re driving? Not often. Exactly. So you want to have
that same thing– not often– with
surfing, because you want to be able to be
aware of your surroundings and be able to react
to everything in time. The fifth most common
error in surfing is when people
fall off the board, they’ll fall the wrong way
and get hurt by the board. So it’s important to learn how
to fall to protect yourself from getting hit. So if you find yourself too
far on to one side of the board and you fall off,
you want to try to do your best to
push yourself away as far as you can
from the board, so that way it doesn’t
come towards you. You also don’t want to
fall in front of it, and you also don’t
want to fall behind it, in case it comes back. So what you want
to do is you want to push yourself as far away
from the board as you can and try to fall flat. By falling flat, you’ll avoid
anything under the water, you’ll keep yourself
on the surface, and that way the board
will move away from you. So that is our fifth most
common error and beginner surfing secret. Thank you all for taking
the time out of your day to watch this video. Coming to you from San Diego
Surf School, I’m Clinton. And I’m Brianna. And we’ll catch you
guys in the water.

Antonio Breitenberg

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14 thoughts on “Learning to Surf: 5 Common Surfing Errors and How to Correct Them

  1. Bobby Manna says:

    "slow is smooth and smooth is fast."

    Thats a navy seal term.

  2. curlybro7 says:

    Very nice info.

  3. ANACRIME .357 says:


  4. bo somo says:

    great teacher. can't wait to try.

  5. Christopher Knight says:

    All great tips!

  6. OoO! says:

    dude… that ass !!

  7. Christian Hunt says:

    that ass

  8. soldout1986 says:

    surfer girls have the best butts period…

  9. tagoror says:

    Nice session, i was living in brighton uk, and bought the best surfboard i had. it was a Hoxen surfboard. I will try to buy another one but they havent in their web HoxenSurfshop. But have goods items, accesories etc for us.

  10. Andre says:

    che fiaaa

  11. Asobos Asobos says:


  12. Jonathan Ian says:

    Brianna's got a great ass!

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