Beginner surfers learn fast with the right techniques and introduction to catching waves. Many people in my Oceanside Surf Lessons are riding on the first wave and then later paddling out to catch waves.
Dry Land Lesson
In the dry land lesson we cover safety, catching waves without pearling (nose of board under water), popping up and riding. This is as much as a beginner needs to know, but they have to apply techniques accurately in the water.
The beginner surfers pop up is an easy to learn technique that works instantly. I give students a count they are to say out loud in the water and move their body with the count. It is hard to focus on the environment (the ocean) and the techniques at the same time.
Practicing Techniques in the Water
I want students to focus on the techniques and timing without thinking. The cerebellum brain (lizard brain) is responsible for the body’s movement. The cerebrum (frontal cortex) is responsible for thinking. Thinking gets in the way of the body’s natural ability to enter flow and gain muscle memory.
The count I give students is 1> paddled three times after I push you into the wave (more when catching their own wave) 2> put hands on the board in a man’s push up position 3> push up and place the back foot on the board flat and under the butt 4> stand on the back foot raising the hands 5> drive the front foot to the front of the board.
Many students get this on the first push into a wave. Some struggle mightily, but get it when I turn them loose to catch their own waves. I think that their thinking at the beginning gets in their way, but once they have to catch their own waves everything is too overwhelming and they rely on their lizard brain to act on its own.
Once students can catch their own waves, I show them how to paddle out through waves and turn around to catch a new one. This is where the real fun begins. They realize how fun it is to face the ocean and use their judgement to select waves, turn around, and ride them to the beach.
Some are then paddling out further to ride bigger waves and the very advanced can start learning to catch real waves; all in one lesson. Everyone that can catch their own waves and stand up is ready to practice on their own.
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