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    Popping UP !

    Hello All ! So I started surfing this year around April. Of course Va Beach isn't really the greatest place to learn, but I work with what i can. I HAVE surfed or at least tried to the last few years with my cousin and uncle when a swell comes in at the OBX. But, i was just trying to wing it ! The truth is, I suck ! I have got up a couple of times, but usually fall off within a few seconds. I have been able to get on one knee and grab the side of the board with my hand, but I don't really count that !

    Any tips is helpful. Usually when I push down to pop up, the board goes out from under me, or if I am able to get my feet up on it, that's when I'll fall off soon after !

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    Join Date
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    I don't have much experience teaching people, but I'm just going to try to walk through what I do.

    When you feel the wave's taking you, put your hands on the rails next to your pectoral muscles on your chest. Then, SMOOTHLY and in ONE FLUID MOTION (these are very important), do the following in order:

    1. Push up quickly and sharply with your arms
    2. Swing your lower body under your arms and put your feet into your stance, crouching
    3. Straighten your legs until you are in a slightly bent stance
    4. Make your turn

    If you're surfing dumpy or steep waves, a slightly wider stance when popping up helps you to balance better when dropping in.

    Hope this helped.

  3. #3
    Thanks!! I'll keep the one motion in mind! . And maybe I'll be a little more relaxed.

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    Make sure you plant your front foot between your hands... right where your chest was. Your back foot stays back. NEVER go to one knee. Try doing through the motions of a squat thrust with a pushup... but more surfing style, popping up out of the pushup, standing up in a medium crouch, feet sideways, hips slightly rotated forward, and shoulders square with hips. Really try to explode up out of that pushup. Do it repetitively to get some muscle memory, and build strength in the muscles you use for a quick pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Make sure you plant your front foot between your hands... right where your chest was. Your back foot stays back. NEVER go to one knee. Try doing through the motions of a squat thrust with a pushup... but more surfing style, popping up out of the pushup, standing up in a medium crouch, feet sideways, hips slightly rotated forward, and shoulders square with hips. Really try to explode up out of that pushup. Do it repetitively to get some muscle memory, and build strength in the muscles you use for a quick pop.
    Thanks!! Ive been lifting a lot at the gym and getting back into shape to maybe help myself out too!

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    Buy the book "The Surfers Code" It sums up rules and edicate that ALL surfers should live by.

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    http://www.kooksguide.com/

    I found this to be the best book for beginners.

    The Surfers Code is a really good book but lacks the technical points.

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    Yeah brother try to find yourself a little bitt bigger board, a 6 8 is probably a little to small if your still working on pop UPS and is probably your issue. Try something in the 7 or 8 foot range, maybe something even bigger, and you will really feel a difference in your stability oand balance once you stand up on your board. when you get that down make sure your catching waves that are not too big but strong enough to give you a chance to practice but manage and steadily push yourself. When you can confidently paddle out and work you board in the surf and lineup your ready to jump back on that 6 8 and have fun! Hope this helps.
    Good luck

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    Try taking a private lesson, it could save you alot of time and wasteful energy. You may be missing something on the pop, legs arent bent, feet to close to rail, standing to far back, or forward etc. Like learning to play a musical insrument. You would get to you goal a lot quicker with instruction rather then try by youself. Also there are some instructional videos out there. P.S. Have someone look at your board it could be to small.

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    What kind of board are you using?