If you’ve just picked up a board, or have a few waves under your belt, we’ve found six of the best surfing instructional videos to help you fine-tune your skills.Popping Up
This is your basic on-the-beach instructional on how to stand up on your board, but with a few clever tips thrown in. Even if you feel you’ve mastered the ‘pop-up’ it’s worth a review to ensure you’re not falling into bad habits. The instructor emphasises the importance of finding your centre line and ensuring proper foot placement.
If you’re stuck indoors or feel your surfing has stagnated, it can be worthwhile practicing some surfing-specific exercises. This video provides a comprehensive exercise routine for gaining strength and flexibility in your ‘surfing muscles’. It’s also great to use as a warm-up for those cold winter mornings.
How to turn your board
Crank the volume on this video before you begin, poor production values are a trade-off for the amount of detail you get. If you’re keen to start introducing turning into your surfing, whether it be for performing tricks or just prolonging the ride, you’ll want to watch this one. Acute details on proper body mechanics, and extensive in situ examples help clarify this crucial skill.
Mick Fanning turns teacher in this excellent video from the Surfline TV school. If you enjoy this tutorial be sure to check out their entire collection on YouTube. Generating speed is the gateway to performing tricks and spending more time on the wave, so heed this former ASP World Tour winner’s advice.
If you’re looking to push your surfing to the next level or just want to start experimenting then the floater is a great starting point. Head positioning and weight distribution are discussed in detail along with some creative animations.
There’s twelve minutes of highly detailed information on paddling out through breaking waves in this video. Eskimo rolls and push-ups over-the-wave are covered in meticulous detail. A white board, in situ video, and even a still water demonstration are included to really hone in on the finer details of paddling out. Jump to 6:30 if you want to avoid the beginner stuff.
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