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How To Surf | Positioning To Catch & Surf More Waves EVERY TIME

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Finding The Surfing Position To Catch The Wave

This session I'm working on getting to the best spot to catch the best waves. Getting to spot X can make each ride better and longer and give you the best chance of catching the wave.

I feature a video on getting to spot X and then I put it into practice in my session.

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Learn to surf for beginners. Work on popup, stance, standing on the surfboard, longboard and shortboard. Angle the take off. Keep eyes up and paddle. Choose and select the right wave. Surf small, flat wave and generate power and speed. Pump to get speed. Maneuver and trick like bottom turns, top turns, foaters and cutbacks. Beach breaks. Work on duck dives and turtle rolls. Catch unbroken waves and stay out of the white water. Turn the board with carving and trimming. Drop in with confidence in the line up. Favorite surfers are Ben Gravy, Jamie Obrian, Kelly Slater.

11 HACKS TO GET BEGINNERS SURFERS INTO MORE WAVES

We've all been there. Sitting out the back and wondering why everybody else seems to be able to catch all the waves.

Meanwhile, you haven't been able to catch any and you wonder whether it's just not your day today.

Do you paddle in? Or stick it out?

Here are some great tips to get you back into the thick of it.

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How To SURF: How to easily paddle onto waves! Common Errors & Corrections 2/3 -

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Help; I find it hard to paddle onto waves?
This is a common problem for beginners who are just learning how to read a wave, and about the timing needed to catch a wave.

To start, adjust your position as you are probably laying too far back on the board. If your feet are dragging in the water they can act like an anchor, so make sure your board is sitting trim with the ocean.

Next it’s about timing, allow yourself enough time to complete 8 paddle strokes before the waves hits you, this ensures you are generating enough speed, to match the speed of the wave. Without speed, the wave will pass under you, and leave you behind feeling frustrated.

Finally it’s about wave selection and learning where to sit in relation to the break to maximise your chances of catching that wave.
You need to find the peak of the wave, it will be the high point of the swell line (the peak) that tapers off to a low point (the shoulder) if you can see these two points clearly you know the wave is going to peel and you can position yourself effectively.

Often when you’re having problems paddling onto a wave it’s because you’re sitting too wide on the shoulder. This is called shoulder hopping.

To easily paddle onto a wave position yourself close to the peak, this puts you in the best position to utilise the waves speed and surf across the face.

How To Catch A Wave

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Top 3 Ways to Paddle Like World Champion Kelly Slater - Surfing Paddling Technique Revealed

Learn to paddle like World Champion Kelly Slater

With new underwater footage and more detailed explanations.

Learn to Surf - Surfing Paddling Technique - How to Catch More Waves with Less Effort:

Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.









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3 TIPS TO CATCHING MORE WAVES ON A BUSY POINT BREAK

Surfing popularity has soared in recent years and there are more and more surfers contending for fewer waves than ever before.

Point breaks, in particular, are experiencing high volumes of surfers, all contending for the same waves.

Here are three tips that can help you catch more waves:

1. Find your spot. Before you strap on your leg rope and dive in. Take a moment to look around at the rhythm of the sets and how/ where they're breaking.

For instance: There are three spots to sit on this point break pictured. Most surfers (unless they're advanced) can't make it around each section. Picking your take-off zone and sticking to it will maximize your wave count.

2. Board position. Sit up on your board with it facing at a 45-degree angle to the wave.

In this position, your attention will be out to sea, yet you're still able to turn your board quickly to catch a last minute wave if someone falls off.

3. Paddling. It helps to be a strong paddler at a point-break. Often you don't have the same time as there are so many people fighting for the same wave.

To maximize your paddle speed, place your chin close to your board, and keep your back flat.

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Top 3 Ways to Paddle Like World Champion Mick Fanning

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We all know that the better we can paddle, the more waves we will catch.

When you go out surfing, incorporate all three techniques –
1. head neutral when normal paddling, head down when catching a wave or when you need extra speed,
2. Smooth quiet entry, fingertips first, and
3. Enter with a high elbow (remember to enter over a barrel). You do those things and you will be one step closer to paddling like Mick.

Hope you enjoyed this – got some value out of it. Thank you so much for watching. See you in the water.

Learn to Surf - Surfing Paddling Technique - How to Catch More Waves with Less Effort:

Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.








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Surfing positioning for take off on the wave

UNDERWATER FOOTAGE | Surf Fishing

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Surfing Paddling Technique - two different types of strokes to use when paddling a surfboard

Ever wonder about whether you are paddling correctly or not? Not a big deal, you say? Well, we spend a majority of our time paddling our surfboard around the lineup. Might be a good idea to learn how to conserve energy when paddling so you can catch more waves with less effort.

In this Surfing Paddling Technique video, we take a look at two different types of strokes from under the water. What is the difference? Why use two different types of strokes?

Learn to Surf - Surfing Paddling Technique - How to Catch More Waves with Less Effort:

Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.







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The underwater armstroke for surfing paddling.

There are two things that I want to point out.
First, regardless of the type of stroke used, the hand enters and exits in the same place.
Which means that the body and board move past where the hand is placed. In terms of surfing paddling technique, this means that this is a highly efficient and effective stroke. If the hand exited behind where it entered, then the hand and arm, what we call, “slipped” during the stroke – meaning it didn’t hold the water like it should have. An example of this would be if you were trying to paddle upstream, against the current. The hand would have a hard time holding onto the water because the water is moving in the same direction as the hand.
We don’t want to slip. It happens to the best of us, but we want to try and prevent this from happening using good surfing paddling technique.
The second thing I want to point out is that the 4 phases of the underwater armstroke are present in both stroke patterns. The only difference is the time spent in each phase.
I know, fascinating.
But let me share with you why these two strokes are different. The top one is sprint paddling. Catching a wave, trying to avoid being caught inside. That kind of paddling.
The bottom one is casual paddling. Paddling out, paddling around the lineup, not in a rush type paddling. Trying to conserve energy kind of paddling.
Do you know which kind of paddling we do the most of in a given session?
Yep, casual, trying to conserve energy paddling.
And do you think you might benefit from knowing how to paddle correctly, how to paddle efficiently, and when the time is right, how to paddle with power and speed?
Try it for yourself. Next time you go out, see if you can tell a difference between how you paddle when you are paddling out and how you paddle when you’re catching a wave. See if you can tell an energy difference in the way you paddle. See if your hand and arm are slipping in the water or whether you are holding, and really feeling the water.
And if you’re interested in learning more on correct surfing paddling technique and learning the drills that enhance that understanding… the kind that saves you energy, helps you paddle faster, and helps you prevent any injury due to poor mechanics, sign up for some free training at surfingpaddling.com.

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What's The Best Time To Go Surf Fishing?

Learn how to determine the best time to go surf fishing in your area. Tides - Tides App

It's no secret that you can improve your catch rate by knowing the best times to fish. So what is the best time to fish? Actually a better questions is What's the best time & place to fish? The short answer is it depends. So let me get into it.

First and foremost you need to understand tide cycles. Before I knew anything about tides, I thought they were the same and changed at the same time everywhere. I couldn't have been more wrong.

In my area we have four tide changes everyday. Some locations only have two changes per day. So the first thing you want to know for your location is what are the tide changes and how does the water level affect my beach.

I'll use my area as an example. The high & low tide times at the beach here only vary about 11 minutes over a 60 mile stretch. So I can pick a tide location to look up somewhere along that stretch and be close enough. Each day the tide changes about an hour later than the previous day and the range from high to low varies about 4 feet. So if I plan to fish with a particular tide change I need to look up the tides for the day I want to fish.

To do that I put an app on my phone called Saltwater Tides. It's a free app available for Android or Apple phones. You can also do a search on the web for tide tables. On the web I like a site called Tides4Fishing.com. As a last resort you could ask one of the local bait shops. I'll get into which tides are best in a bit. So stay with me.

As a general everyday rule without looking up the tides the best time to fish is around sunrise and sunset from dark to light or light to dark. For surf fishing. again without looking up the tides, nighttime is better than daytime because the fish come in closer to feed.

In a previous article I recommended scouting your beach at low tide. Seeing your beach at low tide will help you understand what kind of beach you have. Is it a flat beach also known as a low impact beach, does it have a pretty good slope also known as a high impact beach or is it something in between? Does the beach have any structural changes such as sandbars, holes, points, run outs etc. or is the bottom the same everywhere? A beach that is the same everywhere probably won't hold any fish. Whereas a beach with a lot of structural changes will probably hold a lot of fish. Fish will always hang in and around the structural changes of your beach as long as there is a food source.

Whether you fish high or low tide is based on when you can get your presentation in front of fish.

To do that you need to know when you can reach structure areas in deep enough water for the fish you are targeting. That could be anytime during low or high tide. It depends on your particular beach.

So Let's Review What We Have So Far

Find out what the tide changes are for your area.
Check out your beach at high and low tide and how the tide changes the fishable areas of your beach.
Determine what fishable structure your beach has and where they are.
You need to determine what tides are best for you to reach those structural changes in water deep enough that will hold the fish you are targeting.
If you followed the steps listed above you should have a pretty good idea when the best time to fish is and where. I hope this helps.

One Caveat

Surf conditions will vary. In my area I don't like to fish when there's no surf. I want to see wave action coming in over the sandbars and crashing into the beach. The wave action agitates the food sources and cause the fish to feed and scavenge for food. This is where keeping a log or journal of your fishing trips comes in but I'll leave that for another time

Surf - How to catch a wave on a body board

Catching a wave on a bodyboard is much easier to get the hang of than surfing.
Make sure you are in the right place for the wave - about 5 or 10 meters deeper than where the wave is going to break.
When the wave is about to arrive, start kicking hard so that you are going in the same direction as the wave.
If you are too deep for the wave, you may need to use the dolphin kick technique to go fast enough.
When you feel the wave has taken you, lean to one side to begin turning down the face.
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Learn To Surf - Paddling on a Surfboard Guide Part 1

Shortboards, longboards, and paddleboards are the three types of craft I’ve outlined and the two scenarios we have tried to define are paddling out (or cruising speed), and catching a wave (sprint speed), and for a paddleboard, prone versus knee paddling.

I’m going to feature each one of these scenarios in 6 different videos and at the end, I’ll provide a link so you can download this summary.

You can use this as a reference. Keep in mind this should only be used as a guide – general guidelines. In the Surfing Paddling Academy class, we focus on learning not only what the technique is and how you can do it also, but why it works, why it gets results. Again, if we know why something works, then we can adapt to any given scenario. Different boards, different surf spots, different conditions. We’ll have it covered.

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Learn to Surf - Surfing Paddling Technique - How to Catch More Waves with Less Effort:

Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.





HOW TO ANGLE YOUR TAKE OFF

Angling your take off allows a surfer to drop in on waves that are steep. Popping Up with a slight angle will help you get the momentum you need to ride on the wave’s face, to either go right or left.

HOW TO ANGLE YOUR TAKE OFF

Step 1: Choose which way you are going to go - left or right.

Step 2: When you see the wave approaching, paddle into the best position for your take off.

Step 3: Get your board speed up by paddling perpendicular to the beach.

Step 4: In the last 3 strokes start to angle your board to where you want to go.

Step 5: Use the nose of the board as your guide and begin to mentally draw your line down the wave.

Step 6: As you prepare to pop up look in the direction of where you want to go.

Step 7: Place both hands on the deck and open both your shoulders.

Pro tip: Sometimes your outside hand is a little further up the board then your inside hand.

Step 8: Apply more pressure to your inside rail to help angle your board

Step 9: As you lift your chest up, bring your legs through. Place your back leg first on the tail pad and follow through with your front foot.

Step 10: Back foot 90-degree and front foo45-degree angle on the deck of your board.

Step 11: Keep your knees slightly bent and arms close to your body.

Step 12: Surf in the middle of the wave face. Draw an imaginary line that goes down the middle of the wave face.

Pro tip: If you feel like the wave is getting away from you, place your chin towards the board. This will give you extra paddle power and help title the board down the face.

MISTAKES

X If you paddle too much on an angle, you are going to come off the shoulder.

X Angle too little and you'll drop straight down the wave and end up back in the white water.

X Don't paddle into the wave and then begin to angle your board. The board won't start turning until you start moving.

X Just leaning on the rails as you drop down the face won't be enough to angle your board. Those last three paddles really help to encourage your board and body on the angle you wish to take on the shoulder.

X Planning to go down the “middle” of the height of the shoulder is only an indicator. In reality, you will want to draw your line a bit higher than the middle of the wave’s shoulder is breaking fast, and a bit lower when it’s breaking slowly.

X You might be surfing lower on the face than you think you are. Take note that most beginners think they are surfing higher on the wave than they actually are. The idea is to see yourself surfing for pictures and video to verify where you draw your lines.

X If your feet aren't in the correct position your board will go in a different way to where your body is pointing.

X Looking down at your feet as you pop. There is a saying…”If you look down, you go down”. So look at the direction where you want your board to go.

X Arching you back too much. Your momentum needs to be moving forward. If you arch your back too much you are going to disrupt your forward motion.

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Surfing Bigger Waves

After last week's epic session, the waves this week were a bit too much for me this session. I take a pounding while trying my hand on some bigger waves.

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Learn to surf for beginners. Work on popup, stance, standing on the surfboard, longboard and shortboard. Angle the take off. Keep eyes up and paddle. Choose and select the right wave. Surf small, flat wave and generate power and speed. Pump to get speed. Maneuver and trick like bottom turns, top turns, foaters and cutbacks. Beach breaks. Work on duck dives and turtle rolls. Catch unbroken waves and stay out of the white water. Turn the board with carving and trimming. Drop in with confidence in the line up. Favorite surfers are Ben Gravy, Jamie Obrian, Kelly Slater.
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Paddling Out At a Beach Break - Part 1 Surfing Fitness

Part 1 of 2 Keys to Paddling out at a beach break Surfing.

The reason they used Jet Ski Assist in the Billabong Rio Pro contest is for the benefit of the audience. It was boring watching them struggle in the old days.

But we are not pro surfers, and we do not have Jet Ski Assist. So how do we get to enjoy large beach break days?

In the following video, I break down one of two keys to enjoying a beach break session and provide you with a workout that you can try on your own to improve your surfing fitness.

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Learn to Surf - Surfing Paddling Technique - How to Catch More Waves with Less Effort:

Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.








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Improve Surfing Pop Up on Small Waves

This session I'm fixing my surfing pop up. I'm trying to start keeping my head up and my body facing forward. If I mess up, then the kids get to attack me with water balloons.


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Surf Tip of The Week - Beginner Surfing Green Wave Pop Up Technique

Ryan with California Surf Experience shares a detail that is often left out of most surf instruction. This detail can make or break your pop up when starting to surf green waves.

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Fishing How to - Understanding Tidal Coefficient, Barometric Pressure & Solunar!

Here is a great fishing how to video that gives insight on tidal coefficient, barometric pressure & solunar phases. Knowledge is power and the more that you know about these things the better you can plan your fishing excursions. I personally utilize the tool or webpage: tides4fishing.com

This is a great FREE website that will allow you to do your reconnaissance for planning your next fishing trip. Here is a brief synopsis of what I cover in the video:

I discuss tidal coefficients, which tell us the amplitude of the tide. (Difference in high tides and low). It also helps gauge how fast the water will be coming in or going out. Even though coefficients are the same for the entire planet, the amplitude is quite different depending on what region of the world you are in.

I also discuss barometric pressure and how the rising and falling effect the fishing. Barometric pressure is defined as the weight or mass of an entire air column on a unit if surface area at sea level. Fish sense pressure changes through their air bladder. The fish that have smaller air bladders such as wahoo, dolphins and kings for example aren’t effected as much as the species with larger air bladders: trout, redfish, tarpon etc… Reason being is because fish that have smaller air bladders have a body density that’s closer to the surrounding water; therefore they can’t sense the change as much. Fish with larger bladders can sense rapid drops in pressure and they can feel it too. When their bladder expands fish become uncomfortable and may move to deeper water, the last thing on their mind is eating at this point.

Lastly I discuss the solunar moon phases and their importance when fishing. Using moon tables you can find when the moon is directly underfoot or overhead. The peak feeding times tend to correspond around new and full moons, you also notice healthier tides. Understanding Major and minor moon phases can really increase your odds of catching more fish.

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Paddling Out at a Beach Break - Part 2 Top 3 Duck Dive Tips

TOP 3 Duck Dive Tips
Welcome back to the second part of how to enjoy a beach break session. Last time we covered the first key -- be in great paddling shape. I also included a sample swim set that you could try to help you develop your surfing fitness.

The second key to enjoying a beach break session is having a great duck dive. If you have a good duck dive and are in great paddling shape, you can sit anywhere in the lineup with confidence. You can sit inside, outside, you can use rips, take big set waves, you can take the first wave of the set, small waves, whatever you want.
In this video I am going to provide you with three key tips to a good duck dive.

There are a number of videos out on the internet that can show you how to duck dive, so I'm going to stick to some secrets that I have compiled over the years from a variety of different pro surfers, amateurs, and have used myself over the years.

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Learn to surf step number 1: Paddling correctly. How do you catch a wave? Paddle first. Surfing Paddling Technique expert explains how to paddle with less effort, how to paddle faster, and how to prevent injury from occurring due to paddling with poor technique. Also includes how surfers can make good paddling technique automatic and unconscious, so that they can go out and surf, have fun, and not have to think about how they are paddling.







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