How to Surf 'Prone' on a Surfboard (Lesson 1)

Difficulty rating - easy

 Proning is quite simply catching broken waves and riding them on your front to the shallows. It’s a useful exercise to a) learn how to catch a wave and b) find your *'sweet spot' on the board.


1. Wade out to waist depth, board by your side with the nose of the board facing the oncoming waves. For each oncoming wave, push down on the tail of the board to lift the nose over the wave.


2. At waist depth, turn the board around facing the beach.


3. When the wave is around a foot from the tail of the board, push off towards the beach, holding the board by the rails and jump on. Make sure hands are in line with your lower ribs and ride to the shore. Push up to slow down, or lie flat for optimum speed. As long as your feet are just over the tail edge of the board and your hands are correctly positioned, you should find your sweet spot quite quickly.

*Sweet spot - point where your hands and feet are correcly positioned to allow the board to be perfectly balanced.


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