HOW TO DROP IN ON A GREEN WAVE
Do you feel ready to take your surfing to thae next level and start dropping in on green waves? Well, it’s about time you made the break out back – here’s some tips on how to drop in on green waves.
1 PADDLE HARD
One of the main reasons you won’t get a green wave is because you haven’t paddled enough. When I am in the water coaching I am often heard shouting, “PADDLE!” to my students. This is the fundamental skill you need to ensure you get on the wave in time. Start early enough and when the wave gets closer to you begin to speed up your paddles. As a general rule, if you feel like you’ve paddled enough, do two or three more strokes to really make sure you’re on the wave. It’s so frustrating when you don’t do enough paddles and the wave either passes you by, or you end up popping on top of the wave. Paddle power is key – so use those arms and paddle your heart out.
2 KEEP LOOKING
Avoid looking down to the bottom of the wave. If you’re a little nervous the wave height may put you off and then you may end up pulling off the back. Focus your eyes on the part of the wave you want to project onto, look down the face, and keep your eyes focused on this whilst popping up. This will take a bit of practise, and there may be times where you don’t get to your feet – but practise makes perfect.
3 STAY LOW
Keep low when you get to your feet, and avoid the temptation to stand upright. Keeping low will help maintain your balance whilst dropping down the face. Bend your knees, release your arms from the board and bring them up slightly. Whilst dropping down this is when you set your line, whether you want to go out onto the face or begin a bottom turn will depend on what the wave is doing.