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5 Longboard Surfing Tips for Beginners

Longboard surfing is the first step to learn surfing like a pro. Every longboard surfer has millions of questions before taking the plunge. When practiced properly, every beginner can be a pro in longboard surfing. These longboard surfing tips will make you an expert in no time. Surf camps in Hawaii prepare surfers by providing training on longboard.

These longboard surfing tips are perfect for beginners to improve their style.

i) Leash Selection

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Leash Selection is an important part of classic longboard surfing. Ideally, it’s best to avoid a leash. However, in case you are not confident enough about going without leash, then it’s best to buy a leash that you can attach to your upper calf. It is important for you to allow your free feet movement while surfing. A calf leash makes this easier. It lets you move around your feet without any constraint. Generally, leash is advised for beginners. You need to remember that a leash needs to be longer than your board. Surfers fasten their leashes with their back foot.

ii) Fading

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This move adds style to longboard techniques. It is a bit complicated and you need lot of practice to master this classic move. To perform this trick on your longboard, you need to point your longboard’s nose in the opposite direction of the waves. You have to paddle through the waves and popup. Now, start to turn around the board. This move has another variation the ‘drop-knee’ turn that is designed for the experts. This move prepares the surfer for the upcoming nose riding and cross-stepping.

iii) Trimming

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You will perform trimming before nose riding and cross-stepping. So, let’s talk about it here. Perfect trimming lets the surfer position himself/herself in a spot where s/he can enjoy the least resistance and ultimate speed. Surfing is not only about standing on the board. Trimming saves the surfer from the slowing down of surfboard and sudden stopping. It also keeps the nose of the board floating over the waves rather than diving underwater. Ride high on the wave’s face for faster longboarding move. Before practicing on the waves, you can practice on sandcastle following the steps:

• Build a sandcastle of 30 cm. length that must be quite solid
• Place the surfboard on sandcastle balancing it in the middle
• While stepping on the board place your back foot first following the proper style and stance
• Push your hips to put more weight on your front leg
• The previous stance leads to slight dipping of the nose of the board towards sand
• Avoid bouncing or leaning
• Just keep pushing your hips back and forth along while transferring your weight from front to back
• Eventually you will be flexible enough to transfer your weight smoothly

Now step into the ocean and practice the moves on waves

iv) Cross-stepping

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This move is known as the foundation of the longboard surfing techniques. Before cross stepping, you need to perform trimming. Quickly bring your front foot behind your rear foot, then maintain the balance altering the position equally fast. This maneuver lets the surfer ride towards the nose of the board. If you want to move backward, then perform this trick backwards. Practice on balance beams to smoothen up your technique.

v) Nose Riding

Nose Riding

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Cross-stepping will bring you close to the nose of the board. Now, by placing your foot forward, keep enjoying your glide. When you let your five or ten toes hang off from the board, then you are performing true nose riding. For longer nose riding, arching your back will help you.

Along with these techniques and tips, you need to master some other few tips:

• Before buying a longboard for yourself, practice on other’s board as it will help you to understand whether you’re able to perform well or completely comfortable with longboard or not

• Buy a good quality longboard

• Learn how to control speed

• Learn how to fall without harming yourself

• Be patient. Perfection takes time.

• Inspire yourself and enjoy your rides!

Hawaii surf camps are perfect for beginner surfers as they are well-equipped with various surfing training programs and lets the surfers enjoy their stay in Hawaii. Their package programs cover surf training, surf lessons, outdoor activities and surfing analysis to better prepare the surfers. Contact them on +1 808-352-7674 or write to [email protected] for more information.

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