How to Surf in the Ocean

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Surfing out in the ocean involves paddling out to an area that is not populated by other swimmers, finding the right wave to catch and riding that wave until it breaks apart. Learn the finer points of surfing with help from an experienced surfing instructor in this free video on water sports.

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Hi, my name is Joe Vagnerini of Aussie Island Surf Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina, I'm here to to show you how to surf out in the ocean. Once you get the concept of standing up on your surfboard on the beach and getting the idea on how to pop up and have your overall balance set. You're going to want to make your way out in the ocean and try it. As you paddle out in the ocean, you want to first start out by putting a leash around you ankle and making your way to the ocean. You start out by paddling out in the ocean. When you want to paddle, first thing you want to start to do is, once you get to the center of your position on your surf board. You paddle one hand after another, at a more of a swimming rotation. At the same time you use your head and your feet, they'll kind of lug you into the wave. Now before you want to look, talk about standing up on the wave, basically paddling out is the number one concern. It's best to paddle out on a spot where there's not a lot of people already surfing. And make sure you watch the waves and when are they breaking the heaviest at the point, so you don't get caught up in a set and it drags you down and pulls you towards the shore. Once you get out in the ocean, and you find a spot in the line up, you want to sit past where the waves break. Where at a discernible, reasonable rate where you can still paddle into the waves. And you're not so far out that the current is shifting you out. Basically, when you get out in the ocean, if there's somebody paddling from the right hand side of you and they're going down the side of the wave. You, and they're going to be passing you in their route of surfing, you cannot catch that wave because that'll be called dropping in on and not a very good courtesy out in the line up. It goes both ways, if you're just trying to go straight, make sure that there's nobody going at each wave of you, and just kind of go and do your own thing. When you're starting out surfing, you do want to sit past the waves, but it's good maybe the first little bit while you're out there, is sit in where the waves have already broken and catch the what's called the white wash, which is the broken water already broke. You catch that wave and you can kind of get an idea of having the momentum on the wave and standing up to get your balance set. And that's how to take your surf into the ocean.

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