Total Newbie

Discussion in 'Texas' started by woodrock, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. idsmashh

    idsmashh Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    I guess I can agree to partially compromise here. Certain mechanics of the sport can be taught. (your feet need to be sideways, weight your back foot to turn, weight your front foot for speed, ect).. But 95% of this sport is balance. And there are no shortcuts to learn balance... Example: I know the mechanics of a backside air reverse. Just because I know how it's done doesn't mean I can do it.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  2. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Too many Dogfish Head 90's & my balance goes to shiiite.

    But seriously, good point you make & I definitely agree with you. Balance is crucial.

  3. woodrock

    woodrock New Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Okay, I appreciate the tips guys. I did watch all of the podcasts this morning from Simply Surf, and I do believe them to be very helpful. Or at least if I can remember to apply them when out again. Now, it's flat as a pancake out there through the weekend :( At least I had last Thursday to give it a go, and not much of a crowd either.
  4. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    With apologies to Nike, "Just do it." Sheer repetition, trial and error, body boarding, skim boarding, skateboarding- and of course surfing. It all adds up. This is my 48th year, and it doesn't get any easier, even after the stroke in '94. The best teacher, barring none, is yourself.
  5. GoodVibes

    GoodVibes Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Nicely said M.D. Keep Charging
  6. BubbleToes

    BubbleToes Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Woodrock, I’m getting back into surfing after an 11 year hiatus. I haven’t been able to popup without loosing my balance. Took me a while to figure out hello you have balance issues! I’ve tried to blame it on everything from a busted ear drum to bigger boobs. Truth is I just needed to do my homework.

    I haven’t been able to go out since I’ve done this to see if it helped but I feel in my gut it did. First like they said reading and watching videos are a big help. Also try doing plyometrics they really help with strength and balance. I can tell a big difference since I’ve started doing them. I’ve always worked on my core and doing pushups. They’re good conditioners also. Doing back and forths help a LOT. Get a small box small enough for you to jump over but big enough that you have to get some good air to clear it. You are supposed to clear it 20 times. I’m in pretty good shape and I’m lucky to make it to 10 but whatever it’s working.

    When I first started I would have friends tell me to just practice popping up on the floor of my room. I never did bc I didn’t think it would help. Boy was I wrong! What I do is find an X on the floor; I have tile floors, that is my “sweet spot”. I lay on the floor just like I’m floating on my board I even “paddle out” and find and imaginary wave, get into position then popup. I was surprised but it really helped. Made me more aware of my foot positioning and the way I was landing. I even practice my “gas and break”

    I have trips planned to El Salvador, Perth, Portugal, Spain and France. I gotta get my groove back – losing is not an option here! Good luck dude hope it helps.
  7. suzyq

    suzyq Active Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    since your standing up quickly maybe put an extra two paddles in there to make sure the wave has really got you and situate yourself so the board is underneath you and easier to pop up on