TIPS: Why Isn’t Surfing Fun For Me? 5 Ways To Feel Like This
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Why Isn’t Surfing Fun For Me & How Do I Change That?
How good is it to see photos and videos of your favourite surfers, even just girls ripping out at your local beach, with the biggest smiles on their faces. You dream of that feeling after hours of being smashed and tossed around and being dropped in on, conceding to the beach feeling like crap.
We get it. So we talked to the ladies at Surf Getaways who’s job it is each day, to help us feel better about our surfing, to make it more fun and to get that smile on your face when you’re walking up the beach after a great (or even not so great) surf. Afterall, it’s not only about catching amazing waves and performing incredible maneuvers.
Surfing is about more than just teaching surf techniques and maneuvers. It is also about the ‘part above the shoulders’, in between the ears: your confidence in the water and making sure you keep enjoying surfing is what is crucial. Whether you’re a competitor, free
Here are some tips from our Surf Getaways coaches, Jenny Boggis & Serena Adams, on how to keep having fun surfing. They have coached plenty of women in their surf coaching careers, understanding that sometimes what’s holding you back in the surf is not having enough fun, and taking everything a little too serious.
1. Set Yourself Goals
Whether you go out in 0.5ft sloppy surf or challenging yourself in bigger waves, set yourself goals that suit the conditions. We can’t always have perfect surfing conditions and go out at the ideal tide, so we need to work with what Huey has given us.
For example, if it is a fat day with full waves on a high tide, the waves will be flatter and be a great canvas to practice your cutbacks on. Whereas close-outs offer a great opportunity to work on getting up faster and on the angle, more dynamic turns like floaters and lip-line close-out re-entries. On a small day you might work on generating speed when the wave doesn’t give it to you for free. Any day is a good day for some paddle and duck-dive practice!
2. Always More Positive Than Negative
After a surf session, try to reflect on how you surfed and those goals you set at the start of your surf. When reflecting, always start with a minimum of three positives before reflecting on your one main ‘point of improvement’. The goal is to reflect, be positive, and grow. Don’t be too harsh on yourself and take things too seriously. That’s when you lose the fun: you’ll be plateauing and lose the essence why you’re surfing in the first place. The most likely reason you keep going back is because you love the challenge anyway, so work with that love and drive to continue growing with the skill.
3. Ride Appropriate Equipment
Nothing is more frustrating than riding your shortboard in tiny waves or trying to duck dive your big small wave board through close-out sections. You’ll have more fun in the surf riding the appropriate equipment. Drop into your local surf store or have a chat to a local shaper, they can talk you through variations and give you a couple of guideline on equipment to test out so you based on the waves you ride and your ability.
Also, when progressing and starting to ride smaller boards, give yourself a break on days when you just feel like having a fun and easy surf, and take your old faithful bigger board out or some fun boards – see tip 5 – to just have some fun and not always look for a challenge.
4. Set Fun Challenges With Friends
It’s hard not to have fun when surfing with friends. When you’re out in the line-up everyone is smiling and laughing and calling each other onto waves. You might do it without even thinking, but set some fun challenges amongst your friends, where when a friend calls you onto a wave you HAVE to go. Just make sure you can trust them not calling you onto a close-out – even then, it feels like wipeouts don’t hurt as much when you come up laughing your head off with your mates.
5. Mix It Up
Swap boards with friends to learn about different boards (like foamies, finless, twin fins, logs). Feel and experience how different boards ride and what impact something like fins and fin setups make? It will help you find what works best for you and what will help you progress most. Also, don’t stick to your home break. Mix it up and surf different breaks and in all different conditions. Keep it exciting by surfing different types of breaks and surf different sizes of waves will make you a better all-around surfer and will impress that more positive than negative mentality on your surf checks and an outlook for ‘good conditions’ – you’ll be surprised.
*BONUS – If you want tips like these and coaching from the most experienced women in the game, book a Surf Getaways experience with Jenny and Serena in beautiful Byron Bay, Australia. Check out what the package looks like on their site. VISIT HERE.