Go Surfing – Perth
Go Surfing Perth safety tips to help you on your journey.
- Surfing is a physically demanding sport that requires a good level of fitness.
- Before you think about surfing, you must be a confident swimmer in the open ocean.
- You should be able to swim 50+ metres in the ocean waves.
- Always warm up with a few stretches.
- Avoid surfing in large crowds, it can be dangerous.
- Do not let go of or throw your surfboard, it’s a danger to others.
- Always be aware of your position in the surf.
- Know your own ability and always surf with a friend.
- Check the beach for hazard signs or warnings.
- The weather can change rapidly, turning safe surfing conditions into dangerous ones. Always pay attention to the weather.
Before you go surfing –
If in doubt, don’t go out.
- Practise getting to your feet on the beach.
- Lie down, arch your back and begin paddling.
- Place your hands on each rail beside your shoulders.
- Push up with your back foot and pull your lead knee under your chest.
- Stand up in the correct stance, knees bent looking forward.
- Make sure your leg rope / leash is firmly attached.
- Enter the surf alway with the nose facing the waves, beside you, fins away from your head.
- While you walk out lift the nose over oncoming waves.
- Watch and learn from experience surfers.
- Never tow your surfboard using the leg rope / leash, this can cause severe finger injuries.
Go Surfing Perth – Paddle Fitness
Incorrect Paddling Position
- Incorrect position on your board makes paddling difficult.
- Pearling is positioning your body too close to the surfboards nose, causing it to nose dive.
- Move your body back.
- Corking is positioning your body too close to the board’s tail, causing it to sink.
- Move your body forward.
Correct Paddling Position
- Correct position on your surfboard is vital for paddling.
- Your body must be centred (at your balance point) to give you stability and speed when paddling.
- Arch your back, so only the bottom of your ribs and stomach are touching the board.
- Mark your chin position in the wax for reference.
Wipe out Safely
- A wipeout is when you fall off your surfboard.
- During a wipeout stay calm and protect your head.
- Look out for your board when surfacing – it may spring back at you.
- Try to fall behind your board to avoid getting hit.
- Avoid a wipeout in front of other surfers.
Go Surfing Perth – The Correct Stance
- Natural Foot Stance
- Left leg and foot forward
- Right leg and foot back over the fins
- Goofy Foot Stance
- Right leg and foot forward
- Left leg and foot – back over the fins
- The Correct Stance is very important.
- Your stance is your body’s ready position, offering power, stability and easy movement.