Starting off by practicing on the beach is a great way tom prepare yourself. Start off by laying on your board, face down with your hands holding the side rails. You should be in the middle of your the line thats runs down the usual surfboard will help you stay in the middle board with your shoulders about halfway between the nose and the mid-point on your deck. When you’re feel ready to pop up put your hands flat on the board next to your shoulders like doing a push up. With your toes on the tip of the tail, your head lifted with your chest up and your arms in push up mode, you’ll be ready to pop up to a full standing position of course this will be a harder when in water. Make sure you go straight from laying down to standing up it will look more professional and it will be easier to get a better wave. Getting on your knees first is a bad habit that wastes time and can be difficult to break. When on you’re on your feet.
Your knees should be bent, your body balanced, and your eyes looking at towards the end of the wave.
Using the Feet
Balance is the main part of surfing. Now that you’ve been able to pop up to catch a wave and have popped into a stand, you’re most likely going to have to adjust your stance in order to maintain stability as you ride. Having a bigger board will be easier to maintain stability because it will be easier to move your feet. Make sure your front hip is pointed straight to the tip of the board. You will use your back foot to steer. It’s a good idea to move around a bit to know what the board does in different stance positions. Make sure not to stick out your butt most people will try to do this its not good and it doesn’t look good as we like to call it goofy. Patrik J.