Fitness for Surf Lessons

Fitness for Surf Lessons

Fitness for surf lessons determines how well you can perform techniques and how long you are able to effectively paddle to catch waves. In the beginner surf lesson pop up, students have to place their foot under their butt and stand up on it.  This requires a little flexibility that many overweight and sedentary people find difficult. 

It Could be Called Paddling Instead of Surfing

Surfing requires paddling to catch waves and then paddling to ride out through waves. Swimmers are used to lots of strokes and their muscles store the additional glycogen for endurance. Those who don't exercise upper body muscles have no glycogen stores and therefore less endurance fuel. 

One of the best paddlers I have seen paddled strong for a two hour lesson. I asked him what he did for exercise and he said he worked out in his gym at work for an hour and a half every day.  Overall stamina is good and I find soccer players, gymnasts, and triathletes also come to the sport with endurance. 

Learning  Ease is Important

The techniques of surfing require listening and being able to get the body to do as you instruct. I have students count each step out loud in the waster to over come their tendency to worry about the environment over what they should execute. Students who are in regular practice of learning new movementes with their bodies are able to translate more easily. 

Girls usually learn better than boys. They listen more intently and do not have as many egotistical blockers telling them they can figure it out on their own. The techniques are counter-intuitive at the beginning so students have to be willing to surrender their egos to learn the right process and steps. 

Cross Training

Cross training for surfing is beneficial. Training in the gym for upper body with cable pulls is helpful for paddling. Over all core strength through squats and dead lifts are excellent. An aerobic exercise like biking, running, or treadmill builds stamina and recovery. 

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Fitness for Surf Lessons

Fitness for Surf Lessons

Women Love Surf Lessons

Why Do Women Love Surf Lessons

Why Do Women Love Surf Lessons? It is a new world and women are free to do everything men enjoy. Girls start a fascination with surfing in their early teens. In posts I write and post on FaceBook, the largerst audience is girls 13 ro 15 years old. 

Boys also like surfing, but they are more inclined to go with their buddies or learn on their own. Surfing may be the most difficult sport to learn on ones own I have learned to ski and snow board and found it important to occasionally take lessons, but surfing is more difficult to get started. 

Women Enjoy Coaching

Women like to be coached and respond well.  In my surf lesson groups, I find that women usually listen best and and follow instructions best. Boys may be more naturally athletic and they also want to rely on their instincts more than have to follow directions. 

I find that through the duration of a surf lesson, the women in the groups will stick close to the coach to gleen every bit of information necessary to perfect their effort. Boys want to be on their own as soon as possible. They would rather have difficulties on their own than be told how to succeed. 

Women Learn New Things Well

What I find, is that after boys have struggled and see others in their group surfing, they will open up to suggestions and decide that they can't progress without knowing and following the techniques.

Women Want to Be Free

Women love the independence of being able to visit and utilize the ocean to enjoy Mother Nature.  It is great exercise. It is healthy. It builds self-esteem. It is a great conversation piece.It is a source of entertainment on any vacation. It would allow them to accompany any men they meet into the ocean. 

Let's go women!

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Why women love surf lessons

Why women love surf lessons

Surfing Lifestyle

Surfing is a Lifestyle

Surfing is a lifestyle and culture that has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world. You can take lessons in California, Mexico, Hawaii, Bali, Thailand, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Australia and France to name a few.

The Lure of Surfing

What is it that attracts people to surfing? The deep bond is created with a connection new students or surfers feel immediately with Mother Nature. It is almost like getting in a tank and swimming with Flipper. What I love to see most is students become comfortable in the ocean dealing with waves. 

New student's appreciation soars when after learning how to ride and catch their own waves, I teach them to paddle through waves and turn around to catch waves. This is the first time they really get to feel the waves on their surfboard as they rock and roll, duck, and decide which waves to ride. Once students enter this phase, the love is usually sealed. 

Learning to Become One with the Ocean

The ocean is powerful and new surfers learn immediately to be humble and how insignificant they are compared to the ocean's power. And yet, here they are toying with it and using the ocean's power as they blend with it to ride like a bird in the wind. 

On big wave days in Oceanside when waves are over 8', it is a marvel to see small dots on the waves that are surfers harnessing the power to have fast wonderful rides. Waves in other lands, of course, are much larger and surfers are up to the challenge testing their abilities and courage. 

No Limits to Personal Growth

Surfing allows limitless growth. So far, there are no ceilings except your own. With so much resistance we face in our daily lives trying to rise to the top, surfing allows us to express ourselves without politics or rules limiting our ascension. There is no one saying "no" you can't do that. 

It is total freedom. How many things in our lives allow us to do what we want? When you are out on the water with your surfboard in the sun on a warm day, there is no place in the world you would rather be. It is the freedom of an artist with a canvas or a musician with an instrument. It is more freedom than you probably experience in most situations in your life. 

Surfing Encourages Discovering Who We Are

It develops the body, mind and spirit. Surfing is extremely physical. It is challenging to learn the proper techniques. You feel the unity of your body, soul, and Mother Nature (Universe) when you spend a few hours in the ocean. 

Surfers are "chill" because this experience and freedom creates a perspective about everything else. Surfers enter the water in the morning before work and their day is made. The restraints they are forced to observe at work has been balanced by the freedom they experience in their personal lives.

Extreme athletes and other recreation enthusiasts like hikers and mountain bikers seek this same freedom. Seeking self-exploration, adventure, challenge, adrenaline, and risk become a lifestyle that balances the stress and restraint we have to face in the other parts of our life that draw us back and make the experience central to who we are. 

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Surfing is a lifestyle

Surfing is a lifestyle

Lessons for Surfing Foam Waves

Lessons for Surfing Foam Waves

Oceanside surf lessons specializes in teaching beginners how to surf in foam waves. This is where a new beginner learns the fundamentals and progress to real waves as fast as they are capable. 

Learn the Fundamentals

The fundamentals of surfing are balancing the board while catching a wave, standing up on the board and getting the right posture and position on the board to ride.  The best instrument to learn these fundamentals is a big soft top surf board. 

If a new student listens to the techniques and can get their mind and body to follow them, they can be surfing real waves in one lesson. Students have different learning abilities. In a group, one may get it on the first run and another may not get it at all. 

The Four Difficulties of Learning to Surf

Students have four difficulties. They often cannot get their balance right on the board to catch waves. They often cannot get the timing right to catch waves. They man not learn the exact sequence to get up on the board and fumble before they can stand. They don't get the right posture on the board and fall as soon as they are up. 

Few new students realize how many components go into riding the board to the beach. It is not easy. Each step follows in a process. Leave out a fundamental or a step and the process may fall apart. This is where in water coaching is necessary. Most of the time, students, overwhelmed by the environment, aren't aware of what their body is doing. 

The Count is a Secret

I give students a count to say out loud that takes them through each step so they don't have to think. All they have to do is remember the steps in the count and say them out loud as they proceed. Everyone who does it says it works. 

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Lessons for Surfing Foam Waves

Lessons for Surfing Foam Waves

Easy to Learn Surf Method

Easy to Learn Surf Method

The Easy to Learn Surf Method is the fastest way for beginners to learn to surf. It is a simple process with four steps. Yet, if students have a hard time learning new dance steps, new aerobic routines, or any new physical movements, they may have difficult. 

Surfing is the only board sport where the participant begins lying down on the board. To get to the proper position on a nice designed product for performance in surfing waves, the new student has to be precise in their movements. The surf board is a delicate instrument that reacts to the placement of weight on the rails or any place on or off center.

The advanced pop up begins as all pop ups with paddling to catch a wave, placing the hands on the board in a man's push up position, pushing up, and the popping both feet to the right spots on the surf board. 

Almost 50% of students can't accomplish the first three things in the water: paddling until they catch a wave, placing their hands on the board in a man's push up position, and then pushing evenly. Without these three processes, what happens next is of little consequence. 

Catching a wave takes patience and power. Most beginners want to pop up as soon as they feel  the foam wave impact the board from behind. They are not willing to paddle the three or four paddles necessary to get the board in front of the wave. Secondly, they want to go a pushed up position with both hands on the rails instead of putting them next to their chest and pushing up evenly. 

The beginner pop up requires the first three steps. Then the surfer puts their back foot on the board flat and under their butt. They stand up on this leg as they raise their hands and drive the front foot to the front of the board. Most students like to keep their hands on the board until both feet have landed. This places their head in front of their forward foot and they are leaning over toward the nose. They immediately fly off the front of the board. 

The proper riding posture is feet shoulder width apart with the front foot over the middle line and at a 45 degree angle facing forward. The torso has to be upright when the front foot lands. The weight has to be equal on front and back legs. The shoulders and hips have to be square to the front. Finally the knees need to be flexed so the ride is soft. 

It sounds simple, but it is difficult to execute in the water and impossible if students can execute the steps in order. 

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easy to learn surf method

easy to learn surf method

Selecting Surf Boards

The Right Surf Boards to Learn

The right surf boards to learn surfing, have a lot of volume. Volume makes paddling easier, catching waves easier and riding the surf board easier. This is why instructors use soft top boards. The other advantage is they don't hurt beginners when they hit them. 

Starting on the Soft Tops

In Oceanside Surf Lessons, we start teens and adults on 9' soft top boards and younger kids on 8' soft top boards. Consideration is given to how much board the student can paddle and the body composition of the student.  The larger the person, the bigger board they will need. 

Many kids fantasize about riding short boards like they see in the movies or out in the surf at the beach as advanced surfers rip the waves. What they don't see is that surfers with 8' soft tops can ride 7' waves and do most of the tricks as the other surfers. 

Why an 8' Soft Top

The advantage of the 8' soft top is it makes surfing easier until surfers are ready to step to shorter boards. Even then, the step down should be 6" at a time while maintaining width and thickness of bigger boards. Stepping down too fast only increases frustration and shortens surfing sessions. Shorter boards with less volume are much harder to paddle. 

Another advantage of soft top boards is they can catch foam waves for beginners and catch real waves anytime the surfer is ready. Its a progression that some can make in one lesson, but most need a few lessons to achieve. A foam wave rolls for a while and it is easy to get in front. A real wave forms in a few seconds and timing is much more difficult.

Moving to Real Waves

On soft top boards, surfers first learn to catch foam waves and then paddle out and turn around to catch bigger foam waves. In this process, they can start looking for real waves that have reformed and learn the necessary timing. By this time, beginners have to have mastered all the fundamentals learned in the first lesson. 

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Surf Lessons

Oceanside Beginner Surf Lessons

Oceanside beginner surf lessons are just the start of a life long adventure. There are so many concepts and techniques not evident when you watch an expert surf easily in the movies.

Surfing is very physical. It is all about timing. There are specific techniques that have to be performed almost perfectly. The surfboard is a small object in the ocean designed for precise weight placement in order for it to stay level and perform. It has to have precise interaction with wave forces or it turns over.

The First Surfing Fundamental

The first fundamental is how to lie on and paddle the surf board so it stays level, goes straight, gets in front of a wave, and can then be mounted. Feet have to be in the back of the board or it easily pearls (nose goes under water).  Surfer has to have chest up as they paddle. Paddling has to be fast to get in front of the wave. 

Once the board is in front of the wave, the surfer executes a pop up that keeps the board balanced and places his weight so it is equal on both sides of the center line. The front foot is near the nose and the back foot at the tail, shoulder width apart. 

Mastering the Pop Up

Most  important in the pop up is that the shoulders and hips are squared to the front of the board with the hands out in front. If one arm is trailing, like a snow or skateboarder, the surfer falls off on the butt side. There is a sequence to the pop up. The surfer catches the wave, puts hands on the board, pushes up, and then moves the back foot under their butt and stands on it. At the same time he is standing, he raises his arms and drives the front foot forward to the middle of the board. 

Why Surf Lessons?

A reason surf lessons are important is that students learn all this information in the dry land portion and remember none of it in the water. They have to be coached to do one step at a time, stay balanced, and not rush. 

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Oceanside Beginner Surf Lessons

Oceanside Beginner Surf Lessons

Two Hour Surf Lessons

What You Learn in Two Hour Surf Lessons

You can learn a lot in two hour Oceanside surf lessons. First you have to master the fundamentals. Then you learn to paddle out through waves to catch bigger ones. Finally you can learn to ride real waves and carve. 

Start with the Fundamentals

The first four fundamentals are first paddling straight balanced on the surf board. Second is learning to catch waves. Third is standing up on the surf board with the beginner pop up. Fourth is riding the surf board in the right posture and stance.

There is a lot to learn and it isn't always easy. The better physical shape a student is in, the easier it is. Surfing is physical. Upper body strength, core strength, flexibility, stamina, and good body composition all help. 

Paddling Through Waves

Once a student has learned the basics, they can start paddling through waves to get the next ones. This is where students learn to judge which waves they could ride and how to handle their surf boards among the waves. At this point the student is learning how to turn around, judge the arrival of the next wave, and then putting together the first four fundamentals. 

Catching Real Waves

Further progress is made by learning to catch small real waves and how to carve on the ride in on foam waves. Paddling is the most tiring aspect of surfing and after two hours, students arms and shoulders are very tired. Time for lunch and a nap. 

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Two hour surf lessons

Two hour surf lessons