The one thing we all want to do when we’re learning to surf is to simply get better at surfing. Not only that, we want to do it as quickly as possible. One approach to accomplishing this that’s often overlooked is is getting the basics right first in order to speed up your progression further down the track.
Solid foundations are the mark of all good surfers and one of the key fundamentals you absolutely can’t afford to overlook is the pop up. It’s not the most glamorous of topics but you’d be surprised how many surfers I see every day stunt their progress by making simple mistakes. So before planning ahead to the day when you’ll be hucking clean cutbacks and sticking floaters over closeout sections, take a moment to make sure you master the fundamentals first.
MISTAKE NO. 1: LOOKING DOWN AT YOUR FEET