How to Catch an Unbroken Wave | How to Surf – Paddling into Green Waves

How to Catch an Unbroken Wave | How to Surf – Paddling into Green Waves


[Music] catching an unbroken wave is one of the most difficult things to learn as a novice surfer it requires a lot of practice your patience and hard work will be rewarded though as nothing compares to the feeling of dropping in on a green wave for the first time first you must understand the four different stages of a wave at stage a the wave is our love and all will be impossible to catch half stage B this is where you want to catch a Green Wave this inversion wave shape has a perfect power and steepness to you to paddle into it at stage C the way will break onto your back at stage D the wave has already broken and has now become whitewater now let’s have a look at how to catch green waves catching an unbroken wave is the art of predicting where and when the wave would be captured and positioning yourself accordingly you want to sit about 4 to 5 metres out from where the majority of the waves are breaking if you wait in the exact spot where the majority of the waves break you will start to paddle and the waves will break on your back [Music] whilst you’re sitting five meters out further than the break look at the horizon to try and spot lamps that look like stage a waves pick a wave turn around and give a minimum of eight strong paddle strokes you want to wave that transitions from stage a to stage B as you’re paddling for it the next challenge is to match the speed of the wave when you’re paddling for it matching the speed of a whitewater wave is very easy because the foam pushes you forward matching the speed of a green wave is a whole nother ballgame because there’s nothing pushing you forward now it’s a combination of a proper paddle technique and your new friend gravity that will get you into the waves to maximize the chances of catching unbroken waves you need to use the right cover technique you do this by using long strong deep paddle strokes you also need to be positioned perfectly in the center of your surfboard and have your nose coming out of the water but no more than five centimetres make sure you take a glance over your shoulder to know if you need to paddle more or less depending on the wave shape at that critical moment when the surfer gets that lift up on the wave he keeps his head low putting extra weight over the nose this is key to sticking on an unbroken wave your head and the upper part of your shoulders probably weighed 20 kilograms or more imagine the difference it can make when you bring your head lower and closer to the surfboard as you are lifting up on the way this way it helps you use gravity to Cystic on that green wave this surfers position making his nose 2 seconds later as he is lifted up on the face of the way the space under his nose gets even bigger because he does not bring his head lower to the surfboard often when the wave is it too steep a stage you won’t feel like you need to bring your head closer to the surfboards nose at this point you may want to arch your back to slow yourself down to get a better entry into the way [Music] you should do your pop up on the top two-thirds of the way once you feel your tail lifting and you feel that you’re gliding with the wave give to last paddle strokes put your hands beside your pictorials arch your back and then pull up when you feel confident you’ve caught the wave and you give those two extra paddles don’t hesitate to pop up a common mistake is to keep traveling down the face of the wave until you’re at the bottom arching your back will prevent you from nose diving and also slow you down so you don’t go all the way down the face of the way it won’t get better here are some tips for catching green waves we often see beginner surf is making a mistake of sitting a lot further out than experienced surfers the spot where experienced surface it is usually a good indication of where the waves breaking next you want to pull that floats the bigger the board the easier it will be for you to paddle into green waves catching a green wave is about paddling fast enough to match the speed of the wave since the board is big it paddles much faster than the smaller board it makes it easier for you to catch green wave vector surfers catch more waves because they move around a lot the more proactive you’ll be in positioning yourself in the right spot the more waves you’re catch here are some common mistakes many begin the surfers don’t look behind them at the wave and they miss time they’re paddling you simply can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t look behind you to see what’s actually happening don’t paddle with too much angle for a wave at first you want to be paddling perpendicular to the wave facing straight to the beach this is the easiest way to catch a green wave don’t think you’ve paddled enough when you’re doubting if you paddled enough for a wave give those two extra strokes before popping up don’t be afraid to nose I notice diving never happens because paddled too much no styling often happens when you’re hesitates don’t paddle enough lose your speed and get pushed forward by the wave it can also happen if you’re paddling too far up swing your surfboard with your nose already sinking in the water before you’ve even started paddling you may also know dive when you’re trying to catch a wave at stage C when the wave is already great so finally here are the keys to catch a new treating wave sit five meters further out than the break look over your shoulders paddle into a stage B wave make sure you’ve got the proper paddle technique a [Music] bigger board for faster paddling keeping your head low when the wave lifts you two extra power strokes arch your back and pop up if you’re a beginner or intermediate surfer looking to learn to surf or improve your skills head over to the live more magazine com to unlock your surfing potential and get ready for your next surf trip if you have any questions on how to catch away or you want to share any of your experiences trying to get onto an unbroken wave please 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100 thoughts on “How to Catch an Unbroken Wave | How to Surf – Paddling into Green Waves

  1. Great video! I've started surfing a few months ago and I really enjoy every single minute I spend in the water. Many thanks from Italy (inland, unfortunately!)

  2. all that came into play today when finally began to relax and BE IN THE MOMENT. Thanks for helping this novice catch Waves !!

  3. Best instructional videos EVER! Thank you so much, this has helped me understand so much better about what I'm doing wrong. The perfect instructional video for a visual learner especially! 🤘🙏 Will be watching more of you awesome clips 👍

  4. This is the best video for beginners such as myself. Thank you so much guys!!
    Also does anyone know where this beach is located? Aloha!!

  5. The third time I’ve watched this vid and keeps making sense. Can’t wait till I can catch waves as easy as this dude makes it look. Keep up the great work👍

  6. Love your videos! Really great content! Was finally able to rule out some of my mistakes I made in the past! Now it all makes sense! Best instructional videos! How about a video on how to duck dive or eskimo roll?

  7. This is the best video I have ever seen on how to catch a wave. Because I could never do it right, I always just settled for taking white water waves, and only a few times have been able to take those glorious green waves, so smooth! My problem was always either nose diving, or the wave just going by me so I couldn't get up on it. I sold my surfboard last year, but if I ever buy one again (which is highly probable) this video helped me and will help me in the future. Thank you! 🙂

  8. Great video for sure. Really clear and concise and yes we'd all like to be as smooth and effortless as the guy featured! The only bit missing, in my view, is the narrator doesn't describe how to be in the "right spot" left or right, especially for bigger waves than those shown here but even for smaller waves. From what I've learned – and am still trying to execute with any consistency – is you ideally want to be in the "pocket" just to the left or right of the "peak" of the wave (where it's starting to break) depending on whether it's a left- or right-breaking wave. I've also heard a tip that when you're looking at the oncoming swell/wave, you want to look for – and paddle towards – the darkest and highest part of the wave as that where it will break first and you want to be on either side of that (again depending on which way the wave is breaking). Right underneath it and the wave will crash on top of you; too far away from the peak out on the "shoulder" and the wave will likely pass underneath you, no matter how hard you paddle. Other than that, the video is flawless. Super helpful. Thank you!

  9. I got my first green wave in la Pared today. What a fluke after only 4 surf classes. I got beaten up by the others,but what a day to remember ! Thanks to Jan from Rapanui school.

  10. this video was extremely helpful. I’m glad you emphasized on how to fix nose diving. When i go out to try bigger waves i’m usually scared of nose diving cause it’s a big impact and i feel liked i failed myself

  11. Why are these called "Green" waves instead of blue or aqua or whatever? What doe the word "green" refer to? What happens when it's a cloudy day? Are the waves still "green"?

  12. This video is so concise and educational. I have no idea why anyone would give this a thumbs down. Thank u very much!!

  13. absolutely phenomenal tutorial!! Loved this! Taught me that we were catching whitewater a lot, or simply too big of waves too early so they just pummel us

  14. I find myself moving between 2 positions when paddling.
    First one is a bit aft of the board, just what's needed to get the nose 5 cm above the surface of the water with my back relaxed, this one is useful to paddle for long distances, like going back to the line up, as it is more confortable for the back muscles.
    Second one is a bit forward relative to the first one, in this position if you relax your back muscles the board nose would dive in water, but arching your back would raise it 5 cm above water, what I do is when a wave approaches I start paddling to catch up speed with my back arched as much as I can, and then as soon as I feel the wave reaching my feet I release my back muscles, the upper body weight gives a tipping angle to the board that matches the one on the wave, which is what's explained in the drawing @3:10.
    I managed to catch waves this way much easier since I tried it. give it a shot

  15. if i only got at least waves like these 🙁 Florida where i live is alot of shorebreak and no good form or good sets nothing :(((

  16. It's not that difficult at all…just get a SUP board and paddle into the goddamn wave! By the way, Nothing compares to dropping in on a 12' vert ramp on a skateboard and blasting huge backside method air!

  17. Solid life advice at 5:38 "You simply cannot learn from your mistakes if you don't look behind you to see what's actually happening"

  18. I don't know why I'm watching this, I live in Switzerland and don't plan to go anywhere in the near future, but it's sooo relaxing to watch 😅

  19. The videos on this channel are produced so beautifully my friends. Perfect explanations and great vibes on every one of em. So relaxed in the mental classroom everytime. Thanks guys ! ☀️

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