When you want to go surfing, you must first know how to bodyboard. Fortunately, learning how to bodyboard is not that hard. All you need is access to a good surfing beach, a surfing board, a pair of surfing fins for better velocity control, and a good amount of perseverance. Here are the steps that you must know in order to catch and surf your first wave.
- Position yourself. Lie on your stomach. Your knees must be on the end of the board. Paddle your way down to the waves beyond the breaking point. When you see a wave, ride it by kicking your legs. Your arms must be inside the board—no arms must be held outside. You can hold on the board if you like.
- Look for a good wave. Not all waves can be ridden. You must look for a large wave where you can ride. Once you see a relatively good wave, you must now decide whether to go to the right or to the left.
- Ready your hands. Once the wave approaches and you have already decided the direction you will take, position your hands accordingly. If you decide to go left, leave your left hand inside and use your right hand to ‘hold’ on to the wave. Propel yourself into the wave by kicking a few strong kicks. Rail your board to the side of the wave, continually holding momentum. Do the opposite when you decide to go to the right side.
- Build up your speed, and then go down. Once you had already accumulated a good amount of speed and had already reached the safe side of the wave, you can now build it up again by letting the wave do its job. Once you reach a relatively stable position, you can release your rail and go down the wave occasionally, then repeating the same thing you did. This will practice your skill in riding the wave and add the thrill, which is of course the essence of surfing.
- Use your fins if you need to slow down. During the course of the ride, you must keep your feet off the water by holding them up. However, if you wish to slow down a bit, you can drag them on the water. Drag them both at the same time to make your position stable. If you want to go either right or left, you must only drag only one fin at a time.
- Surf only one wave at the certain length of time. If you finally get thrown by a crashing wave, do not immediately swim for another. You must go back to the shore and rest. If you get tumbled, hold on to your board.
When you go surfing, it is always a good precaution to first ensure your safety. Make sure that there are people around who can help in times of emergency. Also, do not try to hasten things up. Have the patience to look for the good wave and the good time to ride it up. If you put these advices into play, you’ll surely be good on the waves themselves.