These 10 tips for surfing longboards will not only benefit beginners looking for stability in the water, but also advanced surfers who enjoy being able to walk on their boards and glide further on long waves. Although longboards are less fashionable than shortboards, they’re catching on in the surfing world for their practicality and usability. Maximize the potential of your longboard by checking out the tips below.
- Stay level. When surfing, try to keep your longboard level on the water. This will prevent you from tipping or flipping over.
- Position yourself toward the back. You’ll have more control over your longboard if you stand further back on it. From this position, you’ll be able to push your back foot to maneuver the direction of your longboard more easily.
- Practice balancing on one foot. The key advantage of a longboard is its stability. You’ll be able to move around on your longboard more freely than on a shortboard. Take advantage of this feature and of its length by practicing balancing on one foot so that you’ll feel more comfortable lifting a foot to cross-step on your board. You’ll also be able to hang ten off the nose of your board more easily.
- Be conscious of your upper body. It may feel more comfortable to bend at the waist, but you’ll have the most control over your longboard if you lean forward only slightly. Keep your knees bent and learn to feel comfortable in this position.
- Cross-step with your knees bent. You’ll tend to want to cross-step across your board with your legs straight as this is how you would naturally do so on land. On water, it’s a whole different story. Make sure your knees are bent when cross-stepping for more control over the water.
- Paddle almost immediately. With the extra weight of the longboard, you’ll want to be paddling sooner rather than later. This will allow you to get your board up to the wave’s speed by the time it arrives.
- Conserve energy when going back to the lineup. The only time you have to relax is when you’re paddling back to the start. Don’t cup your hands anymore at this point. Your longboard will create more resistance, so let it ride and paddle minimally with your fingers free with just enough energy to get you back to the beginning.
- Pop up instead of using your knees. When you’re getting ready to stand, pop up by grabbing onto both rails and jumping so that your feet are flat on the board. The longboard will provide stability for your body. Practice this action instead of jumping onto your knees first so that you don’t lose the wave.
- Go low to pick up speed. The more your knees are bent, the faster your longboard will pick up speed. When you’re on the wave, bend your knees to different levels to see how the speed shifts.
- Keep feet shoulder-width apart. The shoulder-width stance is one of the most stable in all sports. Maximize your center of gravity by maintaining a shoulder-width distance between your feet on your longboard.
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