After years of surfing and living at the beach, body surfing is still one of my favourite activities alongside surfing. Body surfing is something everyone can give a go. So, here’s a step by step process to get you bodysurfing today!
1. Choose the right conditions
Before getting into the water, it’s important to assess the conditions. You want to look for waves that are breaking close to shore, with a gentle slope and no strong currents or rip tides. It’s also important to check the local weather forecast and surf reports for any potential hazards.
2. Gear up
All you really need to body surf is a pair of swim trunks or a swimsuit. However, a good pair of swim fins and a handplane or bodysurfing board can help you catch waves more easily and ride them for longer. Make sure your gear fits properly and is comfortable to wear.
3. Warm up
Before you start body surfing, it’s a good idea to warm up your body with some stretches or light exercise. This will help you avoid muscle strains and other injuries.
4. Position yourself
Stand in waist-deep water facing the shore and wait for a good wave to come. Position yourself so that you are facing the wave, with your body angled slightly to one side. This will help you catch the wave and ride it for longer.
5. Time your entry
As the wave approaches, start paddling with your hands and kicking with your fins. Time your entry so that you are at the crest of the wave when it breaks. This will help you catch the wave and ride it all the way to shore.
6. Dive under the wave
As the wave starts to break, duck your head and dive under it. This will help you avoid getting tumbled around and allow you to come up on the other side.
7. Turn onto your stomach
Once you are through the wave, turn onto your stomach and start kicking with your fins. This will help you gain speed and maintain control.
8. Use your handplane
If you have a handplane or bodysurfing board, use it to help you steer and balance as you ride the wave. Place the handplane or board under your chest and use it to lift yourself up and steer.
9. Adjust your position
As you ride the wave, adjust your position by shifting your weight forward or backward. This will help you maintain balance and ride the wave for longer.
10. Ride it out
Keep riding the wave until it peters out or you reach the shore. As you come to a stop, use your fins to push yourself up and stand back up.
Remember, body surfing takes practice, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. With time and practice, you’ll soon be riding waves like a pro!
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