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The Styles Established For Surfing

Feb 6, 2008
Every person is an individual first and an athlete second. The type of sport that they get interested in will have a lot to do with the type of lifestyle that they prefer and the level of competition that they want to be exposed to. When people become interested in surfing, the style of surfing that is selected will be an important choice. A surfer that is unwilling to take chances might be better suited for surfing that keeps them in close contact with the shoreline.

The style of surfing that would fit this individual best would be body boarding. This type of surfing will allow a person to have more control over the waves because the swimmer will be able to wear fins in the water. Body boarding is still an exciting style of surfing because the swimmer will be able to perform aerial maneuvers once they reach the top of the waves on the shoreline. Many surfers love body boarding because the surfboard is relatively inexpensive and made of foam.

A more reserved form of surfing that is perfect for youngsters is skim surfing. The aim of skim surfing is to harness a wave that breaks right from the shoreline. There are many maneuvers that can be performed while skim surfing and parents feel more comfortable with children practicing this type of surfing because it does not require the child to swim in depths that go over their heads. Children also enjoy the various forms of skim boards and the marvelous shapes that they are made in.

For the water worshipers that love to mingle with others while surfing, bodysurfing is a great water sport. Bodysurfing can be performed in any area of the beach where waves are present and does not require the swimmer to purchase any type of equipment. The swimmer will use their own body to move through the waves and rely on the movements of the ocean to bring them to shore. Some bodysurfers prefer to wear colorful swimsuits to accent the moves the body makes while riding the waves.

It will take a while before a swimmer is able to go surfboarding with any degree of accuracy. The art of riding a board on top of waves requires a lot of patience because it takes time to learn to balance the body in a standing position while negotiating the wave that they want to ride. There are many types of surfboards available and they are offered in many lengths. There is a certain style attached to the surfing required to perform various tricks and that style can be developed over time into an art form that is suitable enough for competitive surfing trials.

Every surfing style is centered around the swimmer's ability to perform tricks. Some of the tricks will require the surfer to assume a position on their knees. When the surfing surface is less than four feet long it will require a considerable amount of style to be perfected before the maneuver can be attempted in competition. Some surfers prefer one style over another because it offers them the best chance to complete the trick without errors.
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