Anyone who has ever stood on a surfboard knows that no master has fallen from the sky. Practice creates masters! We from SURFINK give you the best tips on how to increase your surfing level:
It is important that you realistically assess what you can and cannot do. This way you can better set your personal surfing goals and increase your motivation. Because only when goals are attainable will the fun not be neglected. Concentrate on your next goals in every surf session. For example, if your goal is a good riding posture or a clean top turn, just work on it and don't give up if you get frustrated. Tomorrow is a new day and everything will be better. So stay focused and only start new goals once you've achieved the old ones.
When you study and work on things with others, you build healthy pressures on yourself. You will be amazed how much you and your surfing friends can learn from each other. Surfing is more fun in a community and you will progress faster.
Whether you live by the sea or are on a surf vacation, get the most out of it. Surfing is (unfortunately) not like cycling, surfing can be unlearned. It is important to constantly feel the surfboard under your feet - even if it is only for half an hour in poor conditions. So if you have the chance, surf every day!
Believe in your abilities, take risks and leave your comfort zone. Live in the here and now and forget what was yesterday. Don't think too far into the future either, because the only important thing at the ocean is your surf destination. Focus on the waves, your surfboard, your body and your mind.
- Muscle memory effect
Muscle memory helps you develop motor skills through repetition. Because if you do one thing over and over again, your body will remember these movements and, with a little practice, be able to do them almost automatically. Example: add a few special surfing movements (e.g. take off, trim by shifting your weight) to the warm-up and repeat them a few times on the beach. And before every session, because progress in the water only comes if you do something every day - and not just now and then. Dry exercises are essential when surfing!
- Surf instructor
A good surf instructor will bring your level up. The market is big and the choice is not exactly easy. How are you supposed to judge the differences between a good and a bad coach when everyone is felt to be better than you? It is best to get to know the surf instructor intensively first. Who has a clear concept? Who suits you personally and your learning style? And who do you feel is genuinely interested in making you a better surfer? Once you have found the best surf coach for you, stay with him as long as you can. Because surfing lessons are not only needed by beginners. The real challenge is waiting for you when you have mastered the basics and then want to become really good. Every “good” surfer, even the best, has a coach by their side.
A very special tip: do not invest a lot of money in your equipment, for example a new shortboard, every summer - in the hope of getting better - instead treat yourself to a surf course for advanced surfers every now and then!
Visualize yourself surfing until you can almost feel it. It may sound weird, but this mental cinema is a powerful tool at your disposal. Use it! Even if it is of course not the same as being on the water yourself: you can learn a lot from surfing films, for example, and you can learn a lot from yourself! Pay attention to the surfers' movements: how are they performed, what comes before and what after? Surf films provide a lot of inspiration.
Surfing and skateboarding - two sports that have always had a lot to do with each other. Skateboarding has its roots in the surfing scene because they wanted to bring surfing to the streets. So if the waves can't play along or you can't go to the sea, practice with the skateboard or longboard. This is great for refining your style and coordination skills, flow, technique and movements. Especially in "New School Surfing" with the spectacular aerials (maneuvers in the air), skating has proven itself as a supplementary training. Take the roller board with you as often as you can.
- Everyday professional life
Act like a pro. Get up early, plan your surf sessions well, always warm up before surfing and look for a surf coach. You can also train on land, add other sports to surfing and eat healthy. You don't have to be a professional surfer to train like one!