HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WAVE COUNT
Being vigilant in assessing potential waves is an important part of catching more waves or at least being in the right position to catch more waves.
When surfers look out to the horizon for approaching waves, this is a good time to rest or reposition yourself, it’s also the start of the line up jostling competition for who can spot and assess an approaching set first.
When choosing a wave you’ll need to give yourself as much time as possible to figure out what is happening.
Action: As waves come in sets and each set has a similar period of time between each one, make a mental note of the time between sets and be actively moving when you estimate a new approaching set.
If there is a set of waves every ten or twelve minutes, pay attention to this and then after eight or so minutes, start to paddle around slowly seeking in anticipation of an approaching set.
“Whoever can spot, assess and paddle into position (closest to the peak) first, wins the right to surf the wave.“
Action: Spotting a potential wave early and starting to build your paddle speed as you move towards the on coming peak allows you to have already adjusted your body position on the board and to have built some paddle speed.
To do this whilst assessing how the wave is beginning to form gives you a big advantage over other surfers in your vicinity who are still sitting on their boards, increasing your chances of being the closest to the peak and gaining priority over more waves.
A common error that new or developing surfers make is assessing what the wave is doing whilst sitting on their boards.
This often leads to the surfer only having a small window of time to lie on their board, adjust their body position, build their paddle speed and position themselves correctly in the line up to catch a wave.
Only to be out positioned by the surfer that was first on their board and paddling into position whilst you were staring at the wave trying to make a decision on what you should do.
By having built up a small amount of momentum whilst making a decision on what the wave is doing will make switching into your top paddle gear quick, resulting in you being able easily match the pace of the wave and pop up with speed.
Putting this into practice for each approaching set of waves will give you a greater chance of being in the right place at the right time.