Surfing with a shortboard is undoubtedly the most challenging and at the same time, most exciting ocean adventure. For beginners, there are a few complicated tasks about surfing like making a turn, standing on the board, catching a wave, and similar. Most of them fail to master these tasks for a longer time of practice. However, our today’s discussion is about one of these tasks it is how to catch a wave on a shortboard.
You cannot just catch a wave on the shortboard anytime you go to the ocean. There are a lot of factors and strategies you have to follow to catch the perfect wave. Firstly, you have to learn about the waves’ types and know when it is high time to catch them. Let’s start with the types of waves a surfer should know about and then I will describe the way to catch them briefly.
Types of Wave
Waves are the same for a person who is not a surfer. But if you are a surfer, you will see waves with different types and patterns. Learning all about them is indeed mandatory for you.
The first type is the beach break and it is the ideal type of wave for surfing. This type of wave generally breaks on the seashore calmly. For beginners, it’s the best type anyway.
The reef break is for professionals only because it will be unforgivable if you end up making any mistake. This type of wave breaks over the coral reef or stone. So, you have to extra careful in this case.
When a wave breaks onto a rocky point then it is the point break. And you must be semi-professional to try catching this type of wave.
Besides the wave, you have to be aware of the wind also as waves are also depending on the wind. There can be 3 types of wind. Onshore and cross-shore are two of them and these two types of wind are not good for surfing at all. You should always try kt when the offshore wind is blowing over the ocean.
Catching the Wave
Before going to the ocean, you can spend a few moments on the shore observing the waves. Then fix the appropriate time when perfect waves are coming. You can start on the white water first. You have to remember the going on a shortboard is pretty tough especially when you are going to keep the balance.
You must know how to get off the white water first. You have to use your belly keeping it on the board and twisting your arms like a swing to go deeper. Now, you will find waves coming towards you. And so, get ready to catch it.
To catch the wave, you can just paddle down the face and the bottom part to turn into the pocket. You can also keep it on angle immediately towards the pocket. You can then feel the power of the wave. It is in the top one third, so if it is not too steep, you can ride on the top by increasing speed.
At this moment, you should move the board faster especially when the rail and the wave are at approximately 90-degree angle. So, dropping down into the bottom of the wave decreases this angle and the board is not as fast. When you’ll catch it, you have to ride at the top. You can get this position by angling immediately.
You can also catch waves near the apex. To catch big waves for the first time, most of the surfers’ head for the corner. But here, the wave is not as steep and then builds the courage to move closer to the apex. So, if you are a beginner, you should always for the small breaking waves first. When you learn to catch them, you should go for the bigger one.
The question of how to catch waves with is shortboard may not seem clear unless you try it at once. But it is not very easy either. You have to be calm and patient. Besides, you shouldn’t try to catch waves before learning the basic surfing strategies. Hopefully, today’s tips will help you make it easier and also to understand the waves. Thank you for staying with us.