How to Body Surf

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When body surfing, it is important not to swim out as far as the surfers or bodyboarders for safety reasons, but you can still catch great waves closer in to the shore. Find out how to successfully body surf with help from an experienced surfing instructor in this free video on water sports.

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Hi my name is Joey Vagnerini of Aussie Island Surf Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina. I'm here to show you how to body surf. When body surfing the key to it is as you are swimming out in the line up you want to not, you don't want to go out as far as the surfers or body boarders. You want to go right at the peak of the wave where it just starts to crumble. At this point you don't have a flotation device so for safety reasons you don't want to be way past the waves and drift out and it would be way harder to swim into the waves since you have nothing on this part of the body to hold you up and in the getting in. As you get into the wave you'll start swimming just like you would swim in a pool or anything else. You swim into the wave and as you feel the wave start to pull you you put your arms out in front of you. If you are just trying to go straight you hold your arms like this and you go parallel to the bottom of the ocean and ride down the wave. It is going to be hard to see and everything but you can kind hold your arm and prop your shoulders on how you want to steer yourself. As you go to the right or left you want to hold your arms like this with your one arm back. This just gives you the buoyancy and the aerodynamics to ride down the side of the wave at either angle. As you go down the side of the wave you are pretty much going to go until the wave ends and that's basically how to body surf.

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