Posted on 13 May, 2014 · Posted in Activities

Surf school gran canaria presents you the beginner’s guide to surfing canaries. This List of 5 common beginner mistakes will help you to catch plenty of beautiful waves during your next stay at the surf camp las palmas.

Learning how to surf can be one of the best experiences in your life, but as you may already know learning without making mistakes doesn’t exist. Moreover surfing seems to have a less forgiving learning curve than many other sports. That’s because we are dealing with a hardly predictable environment – the ocean. But many of the problems total beginners have while
surfing canaries or other surf spots are caused by a few often seen errors. We from the surf school Gran Canaria putted in this edition of the “Big Surfing 101” a list together of the 5 most common beginner mistakes to make your next surf holidays as successful and enjoyable as possible.

The first general advice we would like to give you is to not surf alone. Surfing can be dangerous sometimes, especially if everything about surfing canaries is new to you. Rip currents, rising swells or even jelly fish reactions are one of possible dangers you could run in. Having someone around to help or at least watch out for you while you learn to surf is pretty important. As a total beginner it’s advisable to start your career in a surf school. We in Gran Canaria will make sure that your next surf trip is going to be a great experience that will convert you into a livelong surf addict. But before that read, learn and get ready.

 1.       Look down, Fall down! Looking down on the surfboard.

As you know balance is everything when it comes to surfing and looking down on your board can make you lose you stability. Not looking up is a really common mistake by beginner and even more advanced surfers. It’s a general rule in surfing that where your eyes are going you and you board will follow! So when you look down, you fall down. Watch some more experienced surfers when you surfing canaries and pay attention to the way these surfer are looking to where they want to go before they are actually getting there. But don’t worry it’s natural that a lot of our attention is used for what we are actually doing and learning, so that our eyes are instinctively following the movement of the hands and feet, checking for example the correct stand. Anyway in the white water it’s important to focus on the beach while you’re paddling and surfing. And later when you are about to catch blue clear waves in the surf school Gran Canaria it’s essential to look to the part of the wave you want to go!
 2.     Timing is everything! Not paddling enough, starting too late or too early and stopping too soon.
The most beginners in the surf school Gran Canaria will paddle until the wave hits them and they feel the wave lifting the tail of the board, and then stand up. If the student stops too soon to paddle the wave will just pass by under the board. Keep on paddling until the white water or wave catches you and then give one last deep and strong paddle to be sure. You have to paddle fast enough to match the wave’s speed. But don’t forget that on the other hand, if you start too early you will be too tired for the last and most important paddles. So start slowly and then increase speed.
3.       Bending for Balance. Bending the back not the knees.
To achieve balance it’s necessary to lower your gravity center while standing on the surfboard. Many students in the surf school Gran Canaria try to get there by bending the back forward, but at the same time keeping the knees straight. This will cause falling forward instead of giving you a stable stand. So keep the back relatively straight and bend the knees when you are surfing the canaries.

4.       Popping-up the wrong way. Using the knee to stand up.

The take of is the most important lesson you have to learn during surf holidays in Gran Canaria. The take-off or pop-up is the process of getting up on your board when you once paddled into a wave. In the beginning at the surf school gran canaria it can consist of separate steps, but later on surfing canaries it should me one smooth and quick movement. Many new surfers use the knee to help them standing up on the board and it’s possible to get in to the right position by using the knee, but it should be avoided anyway, because it could turn into a bad habit. The problem with the knee habit is, that it can work out for you in the white foam, but later when you are about to ride blue clear waves it will be harmful.

5.       When the nose dives. Having the wrong position on the surfboard.

The board is nose diving usually when we are lying to far forward while paddling or we are leaning too much forward in the standing position. Lying onthe board with spread legs could be another reason. So try to keep your legs and feet always together.

For those who have been surfing for a long time it’s like a second nature to not think about their movements. With patience, effort and a lot of practice you are going to get there. But as long as you are a beginner it’s important to get corrected immediately at the surf school Gran Canaria to not acquire bad habits that could prevent you from being the great surfers you are meant to be.