Here’s your chance to ask the wise surfing owl about all your surf-related conundrums - from how to stop nosediving to where to plan your next surf trip. No topic is too big, small or embarrassing, so ask away.
Why do I keep nose diving?
- Olivia from California
If you’re nose-diving every time you paddle into waves, you’re probably too far up your surfboard. Try shifting your weight back on the board and see the nose come out the air. You never want to see the nose of your surfboard underwater when paddling into a wave.
Why does the nose of my board stick out when paddling?
- Jade from Wales, UK
If you’re not getting any waves and the nose of the board is sticking up in the air, you’re too far back on your board! Shift your weight a little further forward and try and level your surfboard out. If all your weight is on the back of your surfboard, then you’re not going to go anywhere.
I am nervous about dropping in, how can I overcome this?
- Louisa from London, UK
Commit to your waves. If you’re going to paddle for it, put your heart into it. If you hesitate, especially at the top of a green wave, you’re more likely to wipe out and possibly hurt yourself. The best thing you can do is commit to the drop, be brave and just go for it.
How do I know which ankle to put my leash on?
- Bethany from Western Australia
Find yourself popping up and seeing your leash at the front of your surfboard? Then you need to switch it onto your back foot. Don’t worry if it takes time to figure this out, if you’re learning to surf just be sure to look down and check your feet.
How do I know which beach to surf at?
- Jessie from Sagres, Portugal
Just because you like the look of a beach it doesn’t mean it will deliver the right waves for your ability. Do your research and watch the waves before you head out. There is no shame in moving to a beach with smaller waves or fewer crowds; it’s all about finding the right waves for your ability.
What’s the best thing to eat before surfing? And when?
Tegan from Newcastle, UK
It’s best not to eat a big meal before exercising and surfing. Before you surf have a smoothie with banana and rolled oats, these are great as they release energy slowly keeping you fuelled up for longer. Have this first thing, while getting your surf kit ready and you’ll feel totally powered up. Leave it at least an hour before you hit the surf though. Once you’re out of the surf, it’s good to eat something more substantial, like scrambled eggs or tofu with avocado, spinach and sourdough bread.
How do I know if I’m surfing the wrong board?
- Aimee from Biarritz, France
As appealing as it may be to surf a board that you can easily fit under your arm, make sure you don’t go too small too quickly. Beginners should start out on a foam surfboard: They are perfect for learning on and extremely forgiving when you fall (which you will do a lot). When you’re at the stage where you feel you can pop up every time on a foam surfboard, then it’s time to move onto a fibreglass surfboard. Mini Mals are great boards to transition onto, so whatever you do don’t let a surf shop sell you a shortboard. This is a marathon not a race! To send in a question, email email@example.com
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