People often how long it takes to learn to surf. You can learn surfing in one lesson.
Learning Comfort in the Ocean
One of the benefits I enjoy seeing students learn is comfort in the ocean. The ocean is intimidating and many people show fear before they get in the water. One young boy recently was trembling with fear during the dry land lesson and almost quit after his first push to the beach.
He feared the water going over his head. After a few brave trips through the first foam waves and the fear began to subside as he realized the ocean passes by without harming you.
Soon he said, surfing is fun. I am amazed at how young kids are braver than I would have expected as they drag their surfboard out to bigger surf.
The Physical Requirements for Learning to Surf in One Lesson
Kids learn immediately. Learning to surf to most people is getting up on the surf board and riding to the beach. New students don’t paddle out to real waves and ride like seen in the movies.
Kids have flexibility, are light, and can get into the correct posture the first trip on the surfboard.
Teens can do the same, but many start dealing with weight which makes it more difficult. After 70 pounds, the pop up on the surf board is more precise and better skills are required.
Young and older adults have to pop up correctly because of size and weight and need certain physical skills. Flexibility, upper body strength, some core strength, and stamina help.
The pop up for standing on the board requires the front foot to pass under the chest and land where the hands are placed in a man’s push up position. Many adults have not stretched in years and have trouble getting their foot forward.
Learning to surf in one lesson without preparing for surfing requires minimum athletic ability.
The Easy Pop Up for Learning to Surf in One Lesson
There is a professional pop up in which both feet are brought to the surf board at one time. This requires all the above mentioned physical skills.
I have a second, Plan B, pop up I demonstrate that can work just as well
for beginners to ride foam waves. In this pop up, the student places their rear foot on the board first and then as they are standing up on it, bring their forward foot to the middle of the surf board.
I use this method with kids and adults that have flexibility and/or weight problems. It is successful most of the time and over weight students are the only ones that continue to have problems in one lesson.
The Fundamentals of Surfing
New students are most frequently amazed that they learn surfing in one lesson. They learn to hold the surf board pointing toward the beach, roll over on it before the wave arrives, paddle the surf board in a balanced position, catch waves, pop up, and ride to the shore.
Then they learn to paddle out through the waves, turn around, and catch the next wave. This prepares students to paddle out to bigger waves as their skills, confidence, and courage increase.
They can practice on their own and whereas they learn surfing in one lesson, they can then practice as often as available to advance their skills.
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This instructor gives a good overall video lesson on learning to surf
Watch my video for pop up instructions: