Now that you are past the beginners stage the fun can really begin! However, with fun and success comes challenges. Here is a list of 7 things you need to do if you want to improve past the intermediate stage quickly.
You need to be resilient
Now that you know how to catch waves in the whitewash and can navigate your way around the basics, there are a new set of challenges awaiting you. Figuring out how to successfully catch green waves, to manage crowds, to understand etiquette and to face your fears by tackling bigger and bigger waves can be overwhelming.
One thing intermediate surfers need to know is that resiliency is key. The only way you will stop improving is if you give up, or avoid these challenges. So open up your arms and embrace the crazy journey ahead!
You need to learn how to read basic surf forecasts
If you are wanting to improve quickly, you are going to have to find waves that will be conducive to your learning. By understanding surf forecasts you have the power to choose when and where to go for the best waves. Knowing the difference between onshore and offshore winds, understanding swell size, which spots handle swell the best, and which tides to go on will make a huge difference to your success in the water.
Just think, who will improve faster, the person that scored small clean waves on the high tide, or the person that got pounded in the washing machine all morning at low tide on that triple overhead day?
You will need to find a surf buddy..or 3
Having someone to surf with is extremely motivating. It makes surfing much more fun, more safe and allows you to learn from each other and push each other, which of course is good for your improvement. Don’t be afraid to make chit chat in the water, or find a local board riders that you can join to meet likeminded people.
You need to pay attention to your equipment
When you are learning, it is safe to say that basically any old big foam board will suffice in the whitewash. When you start to catch green waves and head into conditions where you are required to make steeper drops, attempt to turn and even duck dive, the type of board you have will make a huge difference to how well you can manage yourself in these new challenges.
Before jumping ahead and riding the old crappy board under the house, ask your local surf shop for the best board for you. Explain what level you are at with honesty and let the experts guide you.
You need to get filmed/photos
Even though I know this one isn’t always easy, it is incredibly helpful if you can understand what you look like when you are up and riding. By being filmed or even getting photos taken, you can begin to understand how your technique is affecting your performance. It is here that you can pick up bad habits and begin to change them. The intermediate stage is the prime time to check in with your surfing, so that you don’t end up developing bad habits year, after year, after year.
You need to find the time
If you want to improve as quickly as possible you need to surf as much as possible. Each time you go out you learn something. Wether subtle or not, the best way to improve is to keep giving it a go, until all those little bits of learning begin to become second nature. There is no substitute as good for surf improvement than surfing itself.
You need to know that learning is two steps forward one step back
Learning to surf is incredibly challenging. With the conditions changing every single session it can feel like you are never getting anywhere. To continue improving you need to remember that progression takes time and is often not obvious until one day you realize that those problems you once had are now gone.
Happy surfing everyone. Check out our other articles and videos for more tips and enjoy your day.
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