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Learn To Surf Part 5 - The fine art of Standing Up

Jun 3, 2008
Standing on the surfboard:

You should practice the process on dry land before getting in the water. This way you will know what you have to do, and have a clearer picture in your mind.

Lay your surfboard on the sand, check the fins wont break by pushing on the board, if your worried remove them. Get on your board like you would if you where paddling for a wave, then push off the board with your hands just below chest point. In a single motion you need to bring your knees inwards and land on the board, so that your dominant leg is at the tail of the surfboard, and your other leg stays above the middle.

As your feet move to position keep your weight centered, while holding the rails. Then keep your center of gravity low. If you need to keep your hands on the rails, that's fine, just get to your feet quickly.

If you crouch, and keep the weight on the center of the board, you will find it easier to balance, and all you should be worried about now is staying up.

Repeat the process several times on the beach so it becomes ingrained in your mind, because you can easily forget everything once feel the power of the wave under you.

Once you catch the wave, balance yourself on the board, don't be to hasty to stand up. When your steady, then quickly pop onto your feet. Keep your hands on the board for balance.

Once you have this mastered, you can start standing up quicker, and then try it just as you begin to drop down the face of the wave.

Now you've covered the basics, you just have to practice, practice, practice. So best of Luck.
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