FROM ZERO TO HERO
What surf level are you?
“Most people don’t start because they don’t want to be seen starting at the bottom.”
Like all things… surfing takes time… and practice! In order for our surf coaches to help you the best way possible and improve your surf skills we outline the different levels. From zero to hero... What surf level are you?
Beginner - Dummy
If you don’t know what a “leash”, a “green wave”, or “line-up” means, you’re probably a dummy. You have never surfed before and have no clue or knows very little about the sport.
In this first introduction you’ll learn all about the sport, surf equipment and etiquette.
You’ll learn how to attach the leash to the board, how to get up on the board and to peddle out safely and yes! you’ll put your it immediately to the test in the white water (that is waves that are already broken).
"Yalla" meaning "Let's go" is a word that you will quickly get familiar with. Whether you want it or not.
Beginner: Whitewash Warrior
("Chwia" meaning "a bit" experience)
As a whitewash warrior you already had your first surf class or already got introduced to the world of surfing. You can paddle, keep balance on the board and ride a white wave under control in standing position until the beach and change direction.
Now you're ready to slowly move on to small “green” waves, that is waves that are not yet broken.
Advanced Beginner: Green wave game
As an advanced beginner you're ready to head to the line-up and catch waist-to-shoulder high green waves. take off and ride towards the beach in a straight line.
In this class you’ll learn how to position better in the water to catch more waves. We'll perfect your timing, and technique and you'll practice to generate speed. You’ll also learn how to turn and slowly but surely move on to the intermediate level.
"Turn" into an intermediate surfer
It's no effort for you to catch a wave until the end on your own? Good! The thing you’ll want to do now is extend you’re ride to get the most out of it and ride it “down the line”, along the wave's face. The most important manoeuvres to learn, and which differentiates a beginning surfer from an intermediate one is the bottom turn, also the gateway to the wave, and the top turn.
Mastering the basic turns is essential as it's the basis upon which all your other manoeuvres are built.
This is also the moment to change your soft board to a hard one and learn the infamous "duck dive". Take into account this will slow down the progression curve as it will take some time to adapt to the new board.
Advanced: Wave dancer
The next manoeuvre you’ll have to learn is the “cutback”. It’s the turn you need to return to the energy source of the wave, called “pocket”, This to make sure you won’t slow down on the wave's "shoulder".
Now you're ready to start experiment. Perfect your manoeuvres and your aerials... The sky is the limit!
Whatever you do, don't overdo yourself and don't force it. You're dependent on many factors: the rhythm of the waves, your own rhythm, surfing conditions...
Most of all: Give time time! And enjoy the ride!
You'll 'sea'... Every cloud and... every wave... has a silver lining! The reward of nature towards those who are patient!
Text: Babette Debouver
Photo's: Linde Nuyts & Babette Debouver
Source: the ocean