Catching surfing waves on short boards is timing and techniques. Catching waves is a practice that surfers work on all their lives. The first waves come after mastering fundamentals and learning judgment.
The beginner surfer starts with catching foam waves. He learns to paddle before the wave arrives and then paddle hard when the wave hits the surf board until he is in front of the wave. The foam wave gives the surfer a big window in timing.
Wave Timing on Short Boards
A real wave arcs and breaks quickly. Now a surfer has to have position where he knows the waves are breaking. He lets the wave come under his short surf board. Then he paddles hard for three strokes until the board starts to drop in the wave.
Once the wave has the board, the surfer puts his hands on the board and pops up. At this point, the surfer has mastered the pop up so that he is quick and smooth. He has to land perfectly on the short surf board.
Wave Catching Techniques for Short Boards
One technique surfers use on the short board to get into the pocket quickly is to turn the short board toward the pocket after catching the wave and before popping up. This gives him a start without having to do the bottom turn or worry as much about pearling.
A second trick for beginners or catching waves on days when they are closing out is to catch waves at the corners. The waves begins at the apex and rolls to the right or left. By the time it is rolling, it is not often as steep. At this point the surfer is angling at 45 degrees toward the beach instead of straight down.
Some Short Board Carves
The first carve short board surfers learn is to bottom turn. Riding down the face is the beginning and then turning into the pocket is next. A good bottom turn is used to get into the pocket, escape from a falling wave over the back, and to initiate tricks riding up the face of the wave.
The next maneuvers will be a cut back to get back to the power of the wave and accelerating to move faster in the pocket. All of these techniques can be learned on a good 8′ soft top like a Wave Storm which make learning them on a short board quicker.
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