Catching Your First Wave

So, you have your board ready, and you’re out in the water, laying on your board and waiting to catch your first wave. On the first couple of waves you try, catch the Whitewater and simply right it in to the beach. Point your board toward the beach when you see that there is a short wall of Whitewater coming your way. Stay lying flat on your stomach and begin to paddle. Don’t try to get up on your feet yet. As you ride in on your stomach, take notice of how your surfboard moves around on the wave. Test out the stability of the board by rocking side to side, then see how easily you can turn it.

So, how did you like the feeling? Now that you have a better filling for how your board rides a wave, it’s time to really catch one. Go back to where you started out for, where the waves were breaking. Sit up on your board for a while so you can see how the waves roll in, crest, then break. Do you see how they break typically in the same spot time? Knowing where you should be so you can catch a wave is something you must experience, not something I can tell you how to do. There are a few tips, though, that can help you as you try to catch your first waves.

You always want to paddle to catch the wave before it breaks and makes the Whitewater. As the wave gets higher, it will start to move faster. You must be able to paddle just as fast, or faster, if you want catch the wave. Otherwise, you will be left behind and missed the wave.

When you are ready to catch her first wave, look for one that is starting to crest. Face the point of your board toward the shore and begin paddling. You will only have to paddle a short amount before you start to glide on the way. Once the board starts gliding on its own, put your hands on your surfboard and push yourself up in a smooth motion, planting your feet firmly onto the board. Keep your legs in a low crouch to help you keep your balance.

Congratulations! Your first wave has just been caught.