Correct stance is one of the most important factors when learning to surf. Success largely depends on whether you will be able from the beginning to catch the correct position, you know what foot to go forward, how to put legs on the Board. Before moving on to training in the water should decide who you’re goofy or regular. These strange words indicate just what foot found. To practice the correct position of the legs and body is better on the beach. So, try to understand.
Goofy or regular?
Regular is the surfer riding left foot forward, goofy accordingly is the one who brings the right leg forward. The name “goofy” comes from a famous cartoon of the Disney Studio, where an eccentric character named goofy was Surfin right foot forward, unlike most surfers, who preferred to carry forward his left leg. There are also less attractive version on which the strut initially suggested removal of left foot forward and those who surfed the so-called Natural, those who stand right foot forward is called Goofy – stupid. It is not necessary that if you are right handed, goofy, and if left-handed – regular. Just all depends on how you prefer. Although there are athletes who skate well in both racks. How to find out who you are goofy or regular. If you rode a skateboard or snowboard, you probably already know the answer to this question. If not – try to imagine that you are running away and slide on the icy track. What foot forward you will slide? If this reception does not help, have someone lightly push you in the back. If you take a step with the right foot then you are goofy, if left – regular. The regulars among surfers meet more often than goofy, but overall it plays no special role.
How to stand correctly on the surf
For testing of stand on the shore can be made from wet sand slide or just put a Board under the cushion. This will allow you to feel what happens to the balance during the slide. Try gently to get on Board, remember that you first need to put the back leg, and then the front. Spread your legs slightly wider than shoulder width. Try to keep your feet on the longitudinal axis of the Board. The rear foot should stand perpendicular to this axis, and the front to be turned relative to it by about 30 degrees. Try to keep your weight on your front foot. In surfing the front foot acts as the accelerator and the rear – brake role. Try to turn your hips and shoulders forward. Along with that knee of your back leg should bend and turn inward. Watch for this, as the inversion of the knee to the outside is a gross error. Besides that it’s just a sign of bad style, this rack makes it difficult to perform backside. For cushioning the movement of the wave bend your knees. A bended knee is a prerequisite for successful skiing. The only way you can feel the wave and to use its natural motion to slide. In addition, it is quite natural that the lower you are to the Board, the easier you keep your balance. Hands should be directed in the direction of motion. When you try to take the rear arm back you most likely inertia will unfold sideways and will take time as described above, the erroneous pose. The sight should be directed forward along the course of the movement. The General rule is: where to watch, we go. If you look down, you can very quickly fall. Practice on the shore, practicing the correct stance. Everything is important: the ability to stand up, to shift weight onto the front or back leg. This will allow you later to accelerate and slow down on the wave. The more times you do these exercises on the shore, the better you get it in the water. Remember that you are accustomed to the wrong counter to be retrained will be very difficult! How to determine whether you have the correct hour? Ask a friend to photograph you on the beach and compare their stance to the reception of any professional surfer.