Beginners Guide to Surfing

Beginners Guide to Surfing & Self Surf Coaching for New & Developing Surfers

Our self coaching guide to surfing starts at the very beginning of a surfers path, covering basic how to’s, good surfing practice and giving understanding to the common errors and misconceptions that all new or developing surfers face, taking their surfing to new heights.

Our self coaching guide to surfing starts at the very beginning of a surfers path, covering basic how to’s, good surfing practice and giving understanding to the common errors and misconceptions that all new or developing surfers face, taking their surfing to new heights.

If you have ever wondered:

  • How to accurately describe surf conditions?
  • When is the best time to paddle for a wave?
  • How to generate speed in surfing?
  • The importance of a good stance?

Our surfing advice and guidance is drawn from over 14 years of coaching and instructing in the outdoor adventure activity industry. All of what is contained in this guide is what we pass on to our guests who join us at our surf school in Newquay Cornwall.

We use the iAM Bands Independent Ability Measure to help our coaches and guests place a mapped timeline on their surfing. This guide will be most useful for Explorer up to Skilled surfers.

Body Position and Paddling – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Learn how to paddle your surf board efficiently with correct body positioning. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter one.

Control the board in a lineup – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Discover how to control your board and get in position to catch waves in the line-up. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter two.

Assessing surf conditions – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Learn how to read surf conditions to get the best out of your surfing session and stay safe on the water. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter three.

Correct surfing stance – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Learn how to improve your surfing stance to achieve better board control. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter four.

How to read waves when surfing – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Reading waves is an essential to developing your surfing. Learn basic techniques to help you read waves. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter five.

How to pop up on a surf board – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave | UK

Learn how to pop-up on a surf board. Popping up is an essential skill to develop your surfing. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter six.

Generating speed when surfing – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Techniques to help you generate speed when surfing a wave and practice angled take-offs. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter eight.

Paddling, Rolls & Duck Diving – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Duck-diving and turtle rolls are important skills to help you paddle out safely when surfing. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter seven.

Trim, Carve and Bottom Turn – Surfing guide | Cornish Wave

Improve your trimming, carving and bottom turns to take your surfing to the next level. The Cornish Wave beginners surf guide for self-coaching – chapter nine.