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Surfing Stance

😉 Today we offer you a detailed description of the basic position of Surfing that we consider to be the best approach, for the initial training of any person.

This approach is based on 22 years of collected experience, many courses taken, some academic, others just for a few hours or weekends, many questions asked to other professionals of the area, to whom I look with admiration (unfortunately in the Surf area there are few who deserve this merit, but many others from the sports area complete the range of many good professionals, scholars and sports scientists), more than 20 thousand students taught, not always with this method, and that we will improve whenever we consider that something different works better.

But the most important thing is that all our method is grounded. Any person, client or professional, can and should challenge, question, as long as they can then refute or substantiate it as well. “Because everyone does it this way”, “because I do it this way”, “because I learned it this way” “because I was taught it this way”, are not valid justifications.

Please justify yourselves based on and knowledge of Biomechanics and Anatomy, and then in another phase, Fluid Mechanics and Laws of Physics, Wave Phenomena, and so on…  😀

At Good Surf Good Love, we absolutely disagree with the typical “archery” position 🏹, that you see constantly being taught on beaches all over the world, every day, by all kinds of monitors, instructors, coaches, teachers (no, it’s not all the same thing…). 😬

Let me ask you, those who have learned this way, how many of you have consistency in the first turning maneuvers (at the bottom or top), especially when this turning is done in the direction of our backs – Backside??❓❓❓ Have you ever wondered if the position is not too rigid and stressed, and if your back is turned to the side where it is more difficult to do the first maneuvers, with what eyes will you be able to see the wave❓😬 hihihihi
The naturally lateralized position, we can accept, but the excessive flexion of the legs and the proudly expressed ninja attitude, no way!

😉 Calm down “ninjas”! This is just our method, and everyone can have their own. 😜

If the average consistency of standing up every time you catch a wave is not above 80% after your 2nd surf session, then you should try our method!

👉 Share this information with any of your ninja friends if you think they need to know this urgently! 😉🙏

Relationship of harmony between the individual – sea – surfboard = Surf Flow

Harmony between the individual – sea – surfboard

I often hear among my students and other surfers, regardless of levels, the following remark:

❓ “I would like to try a different or smaller board. This one is already too easy?

And I ask, “What do you mean you’re having so much fun you can’t take it anymore!?” 😂  🤷

I know many other reasons for not choosing the right board, but this is one of the most recurring ones.

Once and for all: The board should help us because we already have the sea which is unrepeatable and requires many “flying hours” to learn to feel and read it. Ah, and us, our physical condition and abilities to manage too, getting in our way. Are you sure you want a board that “robs” you of the best part of surfing, the fun, that “feeling” that real surfers know.

🤷. What I’m going to say maybe shocking, but most of the people who are already independent in the sea, still don’t know this “feeling” of sliding in harmony on the board and in the most interesting part of the wave. I don’t care if he is a great surfer, the best on the beach or on his street.

Sometimes the great surfers impose maneuvers on the sea that it doesn’t ask for, and for me, this is not surfing. But I can also see an individual with very little experience of practice, gliding with the harmony that I speak to you, and without knowing anything, there he goes in complete pleasure of slide with the board at sea, in full harmony.

🤔  As I’ve heard it said: “Without knowing how to read or write, that one made a big wave”!

Then there are also those who forget about the sea, either when they paddle out to try to catch the wave and they don’t have enough experience to feel or guess it, who know enough about the sea when they watch others on the beach, but then when they are in their session they “turn their back” on the sea and don’t communicate with the waves, don’t read it, don’t listen to it, and so don’t know what the sea wants to tell them.

🎖 For these I have a tip: You will feel the sea, no board. Just you and the waves. Do little reels, cut the green waves, make contests with friends, to see who goes longer in the wave! Indispensable condition, to move on to Level 1, at Good Surf Good Love.

Seriously, the real feeling, the reason why we miss social and family events, wake up at the crack of dawn, drive miles and miles behind perfect waves, is more than the contact with nature. It is more than the good that the sea does us.

The greatest good is to feel that HARMONY, the full control of sliding with the right board, in the right place of the wave, without using our strength before we have explored the energetic potential of the wave.

😉  And you, have you felt that full harmony? 😁

💬 How would you describe the feeling when running the wave?


16 most common mistakes of base position 

16 most common mistakes of base position 

Previously I have already given you our very general description of the Surf Base Position, the one we advocate in our teaching method. Today we will describe to you some of the most common mistakes.

    1. Very open base – This gives you much less range of motion in the hip, and also causes your body weight to be projected backwards from the centre of the board, which will cause you to brake. The so-called ‘foot on the nose, foot on tail’ position will also take away balance, stability and leg strength, which you will need later on when you start manoeuvring.
    2. Very closed base – Very closed base will also take away balance and stability. In fact, a mistake that is not listed here and that you should know is that the feet should not remain fixed, but should be adjusted. Even when you are still only moving forward, you should train your dancing feet, light on the board, so that you can adjust them when it becomes more necessary.
    3.  Front foot points to the nose – This one I have unfortunately seen taught on the beach. Serious, as it also doesn’t allow you to have balance on the board and will also make turning difficult. If you make this mistake you should correct it by over-correcting and placing it perpendicular to the stringer of the board – that wooden line that runs across the whole board from the back to the front edge.
    4. Thinking that the back foot must be on top of the keels at this early stage – so if the feet/handles should be shoulder-width apart, more or less, and if the front foot should be in the centre/middle of the board, just do the maths. Of course, we will need to put the back foot there on the fins to turn. But for now, the turns, while the turning angle is still small, can be done with a slight bending movement, looking and turning/tilting on the way up. Later we will move both feet if it is a big board or just the back foot if you are a shortboarder, to make a more radical turn.
    5. Thinking that the position of the feet is fixed – It isn’t. Whether you ride a big board or a small board, you’re going to have to adjust your feet a lot depending on the manoeuvres you want to do.
    6. Knees apart and pointed in opposite directions – The back knee should also point forward to allow for greater hip-femoral functionality.
    7. Legs/ Knees too bent – I have said before in other posts that this is one of the reasons many of the riders are condemning the evolution. This exaggerated strength in the legs is not necessary when the ride on the wave is controlled. On the contrary, it will make you unable to use them to make a change of direction or absorb instability along the wave.
    8. High tension legs – I reinforce the previous description. To understand how serious this error is.
    9. Lateral pelvis and shoulders – Over-correcting, in order for the brain to process the information about the required position, we should try to turn the shoulders aligning with the perpendicular of the stringer of the board and the pelvis should make an angle of at least 45º, never less, so that in the future, it will not be almost impossible to correct this functional constraint.
    10. Arms aligned with the board stringer – Again, overcorrection, both perpendicular to the length of the board.
    11. Arms hang both on the same side of the board – Always, one on each side of the Rail or board edge.
    12. Back foot does not support the heel – Recurring error, often due to lack of mobility in the ankle, often, because if your Trainer, does not identify you the error. If the reason for this mistake is lack of mobility, a coach who is also trained in Physical exercise and health can help, if there is pain, you should seek a therapist.
    13. Look directed at the feet or down – Apart from not knowing where you are going, if you make this mistake, you are also a great danger!!! Look directed where you want to go, ALWAYS!
    14. Very marked “ninja” style – This not at all flexible approach, needs to let in more and new information. Try it and you will see the difference.
    15. Center of mass designed on the back support – Have you noticed, for sure, that sometimes when you miss the wave, after standing up the board points upwards?
    16. Center of mass projected on the 2 supports– It’s due to your ninja position, or lateralized position. The consequence is again, the loss of waves,…

To correct these mistakes? Hummmm, I have a tip: Come and meet us!

Sea Reading

👀  On days with perfect seas like this, it is easy to read the sea.
But actually, sea reading is not only about perfect days and small seas.

⛱   On days with small sea or even without waves there are still currents, for example. As I have already mentioned, there are patterns: near pontoons for example, where some summer swimmers like to go for a swim because it is an area without waves. It is one of the most dangerous areas for a swimmer because it is a current zone that pulls us to the sea (to the outside).

⏳  Knowing the sea requires many hours of practice, either diving, watching, body surfing, or doing some board practice. The books and schemes like these help, but are not enough, because the scheme described here can vary with each group of waves, and according to whether the tide goes up or down.

🏋🏼‍♂️  In sports, we use a very important principle: efficiency! And efficiency is as simple as reaching a goal at the lowest possible cost.

Often people, spending exactly the same budget, prefer to invest in cheap, borrowed, and unsuitable material, and to learn on their own. 🙄🙅‍♀️

👧🧒🏻  If they are children, who still have all the time in the world, they will eventually get there. An adult, however, may be condemning their learning by choosing a more painful path with more obstacles.

🎖  What I mean is that, in a School, they will find the equipment that they can change as they evolve, and they will certainly have access to a step-by-step methodology, so that they don’t precipitate or even condemn their learning and/or evolution. Never forget the safety and respect for the practice of others, choosing the right place for your level.

The pyramid of respect

The pyramid of respect of the Good Surf Good Love Method has a very particular reading.

🧠  Aware that many will not understand it, we still insist on giving you a vision that can change the way you see, feel and explore Surfing.
The true and purest pleasure of surfing comes from the full control of gliding effortlessly, in the place where the wave generates all the energy (so that we can forget about the surfboard as if it were our worn shoes).

😉 Well, we know that just going to the beach, filling your chest with that sea air, diving into the icy sea, lying on the warm towel, riding the waves coming and going, or being in the sea trying to catch some waves, and even if you don’t catch any,… Well, we know that even so, everyone who loves the beach and the sea feels a kind of balance and harmony, do you agree?

But it’s time to explain to you the magic 🧪, beyond all these ways of enjoying this sometimes calm, sometimes rough, but always fickle Nature.

The true holistic intoxication of surf therapy comes when there is a clear reality of what surfing is, and when we can perfectly adjust our expectations to our true individual capacities and abilities.

This is why we often teach this approach to our students, especially those who have long been searching, in an unequal struggle, for that intoxicated feeling.

Everything starts again towards a new world “after surfing” by having at the base of the pyramid of respect their “I”.

When we have this “I” at the base of Good Surf Good Love’s Pyramid of Respect, then we discover that there is room for everyone to coexist and poetically enjoy their waves always, always, always without disturbing the Surf and the well being of others, who also always need another dose of the sea.

Do you want to know Good Surf Good Love Surf Academy and fill out the rest of the pyramid? Contact us.

Draw your pyramid and share it with us! 🤓

Share a Wave!

Share a Wave!

🙄  Have you ever felt out of place in the place you chose to catch your waves?

👩‍🚀  The reason for that discomfort may be on the basis of your learning, or in your knowing – behavior!

ℹ️  What I am telling you today is one of many ways of looking at things, but in the teaching philosophy of Good Surf Good Love, the most correct one.

Dear aspiring, practicing, new surfers…NO ONE who is really a surfer wants to share waves with you!

Sharing a wave is something very special that is done on an epic day between friends of many surfing trips, of whom you know very well the performance in surfing, regardless of whether or not they have higher levels.

A surfer uses the wave in all its time and space dimension! He goes well ahead, speeding up guessing a segment of that wave, to maneuver on a board that he guesses is going to crash but may soon want to turn back if the wave remains available/open for more surfing.

⛔️  Usually what we see on the beach today, in a very “new school” culture, is a very nasty joke of both sharing the same wave, made by people who are likely to have little experience to understand that:

1️⃣  Waves are not shared. It is a basic rule of safety and ethics: ONE ON A Wave, period!

2️⃣  A reasonable surfer doesn’t just ride forward (whether you interpret that as riding straight up the beach or running straight through a wave, without ever doing a cut back looking for the pocket of the wave). So, to think that one can go forward, sideways, or backward makes no sense to us at all!

3️⃣  The sea indeed belongs to everyone, but the waves do not. Whoever caught them first doesn’t have to share them.

😤  Every time you get on someone else’s wave, even if you know them, please be aware that you may be putting them or their equipment at risk of an accident, or you may be disturbing their leisure and good mood no less. 🤬

🙏  If you want an exceptional way to share a wave, take a look at the picture! There is nothing more special than catching high waves with one or two friends, sharing those moments in everyone’s memory! 🙌

In this suggested format and please, no other: “Share a Wave”! 👌

What is the best surfboard for someone who can already catch waves on his own?

What is the best surfboard for someone who can already catch waves on his own?

The best answer to this question is a “miss answer” 😅 : It depends!

And what does it depend on, you ask?

It depends on multiple factors, which you must analyze in the order that I will list them:

1️⃣ When you say that you already catch on your own, what does it mean? Are you sure that you catch the waves, that you can match the speed and energy of the wave, and it’s not the waves that bump into you and you go there?

Often there is this illusion. Sorry to break your hearts! But the truth is that you still lack know-how about the sea and the waves, so most of the time that you actually manage to catch a wave, it is actually still the wave that catches you. So maybe it is still time to keep the volume on your board and performance at a later date. Maybe even keep a slightly smaller “school board” than the one you have used so far to learn. But never, ever, radically change the type of board or dimensions, so that you don’t experience difficulty in the transition.

2️⃣ You go to a school, and you already have the autonomy to catch some waves, but the Surfer/Monitor/Instructor/Trainer/Teacher that accompanies you still chooses the hours of the classes, best tide, spot, and inside the spot guides you how to get to the lineup? Or do you practice alone or with friends and therefore manage all the previous information for you?

This question is very relevant, because regardless of the level of training of the person accompanying you, your life is in a way easier, because your playing field is, from the start, calibrated to your level. If so, you can make a greater leap in the performance of your board, because you will have the school’s board to support you.

Here another situation arises: are you going to change boards? What I want to ask is, if you need to sell your present board to get the next one. I know it may be a necessity, but if possible, I advise you to keep both until evolution happens and the new board also becomes an extension of your body.

It also helps when, you are a regular rider of one location/spot/beach, which will help you understand your beach quicker and allow you to have a board that fits that sea. Yes, waves have very different patterns from beach to beach. Also, this note will influence your purchase. This is also a reason why surfers have large collections of boards, not only to adjust to the different sizes and strength of waves, but also because the typology, energy, and strength of those waves vary from beach to beach.

3️⃣ If you are enrolled in a school, do you want to continue to be accompanied?

Here the question is whether you can continue to use the school Quiver for a while longer. This is ideal, and another reason why we are in favor of this. It sounds like an extra expense, but in reality, you are not only saving money on the board changes you would have to make to get access to a great Quiver of boards, but because your learning curve will be steeper!

4️⃣ Does your school have a full quiver of boards?

If so, great! Enjoy. But if when you look at your school’s quiver you only see big boards, well then it’s time to look for a school that can provide training and continuous monitoring. By the way, a note, what is the state of the boards in your school? If they look old and miserable, and are full of nicks and cuts, then it is time to invest in a school that will also invest in you and in new equipment. Every year, even school boards undergo improvements and innovations, studied with your evolution in mind. If your school doesn’t move forward, you will!

5️⃣ In your surf sessions, what is the ratio between the waves you try to catch and the waves you actually catch?

If the ratio is above 70%, okay, let’s move on to a board with a little more performance so that you can start thinking about your first maneuvers.

6️⃣ And within the result of the previous ratio, the waves you catch on your own, do they have a wall to run on and can you run the wave to shore, or do you still go for it?

If you are still going for it, you first have to learn to run the wave to the left or right side. If you already run the wave, then it is time for less volume and more performance. There are solutions on the market, still in sponge boards, that will allow you to evolve a lot at this stage, because the format evolves a lot compared to the squarer school boards and you also have the possibility to have rigid fins that make a giant difference in the drive of the board – the responsiveness of the board to your driving.

7️⃣ And how many times a week do you practice?

If you can only practice once or twice a week, and sometimes fail, we may have to admit that TOP performance boards are not for this stage. They will be for a day when you can practice more regularly. But be aware, that sea hours are not always a necessary condition to evolve. However, we will have to evaluate your general physical condition and how to maintain your specific physical condition, so that with this regularity, we can use more or less volume.

8️⃣ Do you do any other physical activity or do you train to keep in shape when you can’t go to the beach?

In this case, although you may even have skills, you may have to add extra volume, to compensate for the lack of specific surfing fitness, so that you maintain a good average number of waves caught per session. This is one of the reasons you see older surfers opting for boards with more volume: not only because we are often heavier  😅, but also for family, social, and professional reasons that no longer allow us to spend as much time in the ocean and therefore permanently in shape as when we were young! We have to be flexible and accept that performance does not always have to come with very small, short, light boards.

9️⃣ Do you already have your style defined?

This is also a sensitive subject. In today’s world, you have to consider that many of our surfers are starting as adults, so these people will never have full summers in the sea as we as teenagers and young adults in college had. So it may be the case that our advice is to buy a “school board”. After all, the big goal is to catch waves, lots of waves, right? Again, we appeal to flexible minds… As I once learned, “The map is not the territory!” 😀

The purchase of the first surfboard is often a bad buy and eventually an inglorious investment because if you are in a phase of evolution (which in fact we always are), in the opinion of the Good Surf Good Love Method, the ideal is to go from board to board, progressively and in a way that you notice little difference between boards so that you never transition to a board that is difficult for you to manage. If you don’t have this possibility your learning curve will obviously be conditioned.

So if you buy a board that is super-adjusted to the next phase of your evolution, in a very short time, you will have to change boards to continue your evolution. If you buy one for the skill that you should have, but don’t have yet, it will take you longer to get there at that level. (In our opinion, the learning curve should always be made easier, never skip any step in your evolution. Because we know that you will pay dearly for that jump, getting stuck at a future next level, which you will never get out of!

So there you have a reason to invest in yourself, continuing to be accompanied in your school, in order to take advantage of all the different boards that a training school should have.

The luck is that today, all of you have access to the same materials that schools have. And I’m not talking about the equipment from the big stores, which we all know are always of much lower performance than the professional equipment. So, why not have a board just like the one in your school? So that you can do your practice with autonomy, extra school?

You can check some websites of superior surfboards, where they make a relation between the surfer’s weight, height, and abilities. But in our opinion, this table is super vague. It’s necessary to analyze the physical condition of the practitioner, the regularity of his practice, well-gauged abilities because in the market they only talk about beginners, intermediate level, advanced, but this information is just absolutely vague!

If you read all this explanation and are wondering, then what is the answer to this question?

Each case is a case. We have several success stories and we obviously have a lot of equipment and models that we know work. What is your case? We will gladly support your purchase, in a consulting session, and also accompany you to the store, so that you don’t make a mistake or buy something on impulse, because the salesman is really good and the goals for the month are closing ehehe! It has already happened to me! 😅

How to avoid injuries or other risks while surfing

In addition to accidents and injuries, it is necessary to avoid, the same behaviors, disturbing the good mood of everyone on the beach – our main motto.
🥇  And it all starts with behaviors, which cannot be at risk at any time.
Please practice these habits:
🚦  1. Don’t go to a peak where you don’t see waves passing by without a surfer, It’s sold out!
There is no room for one more. This point, if it was a big help before COVID, imagine it now. If we had all been educated like that, everything would be easier now but in Surf there are many giant egos, combined with anorexic minds… 😁  Glup, said!
There are more difficult lineups to analyze, but at a peak, where the waves break in a triangular shape, it is very easy to observe this fact.
🚦  2. Keep your board permanently controlled.
Whatever your level, you have no excuse for not keeping your board constantly under control. I repeat, regardless of your level.
🚦  3. Some peaks are not for you, yet. Learn to surf better and invest more time in the Sea.
Gain more surfing experiences as some spots (surf spots) require many hours of flight! Many have already done more hours at sea than the rest of your life will allow you, even if you stay on “COVID vacation” 🤨  another year, and you can go to the sea every day, you will not add the hours of those who live on the beach and started small. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
🚦  4. Wherever you choose to surf, imagine yourself permanently without a string (leash or shop). Check if you can return without panicking, in case you lose your board and if you are not constantly letting go of the board, either because it is too big for you or because you do not have the ability to do so. 🤕
🚦  5. Do not disturb others, whether they are vacationers, other good surfers, other surfers to learn – And here I do not say anything else 😋. What I would say at this point, I already said at the first.

7 differences between a surfer and a rider

I have already been asked what is the difference between these 2.

The most important thing to note is that surfers live on the beach. They exchanged everything and everyone for hours at sea. 🌊

A practitioner is usually a person who goes once a week or a vacation from time to time. But pay attention to a person who now does it every day, it may not yet have that status or on the contrary, I know a lot of surfers who now only go on weekends but in summer, as soon as the days with more hours of light come, they walk there them from the city to the beach, doing km every day, to feed this addition!

(Then there’s the aspirant. Matter for an upcoming class! 😉)

➡️  Here are 7 great details that set them apart:

🌊  Surfer catches the waves. The practitioner is caught by the waves;

🌊  The Surfer takes the board. The Practitioner stands behind the board trying to maintain balance;

🌊  The Surfer takes the shoulder line projected on the front / center support of the board. The Practitioner projects his weight more on the back support;

🌊  The surfer manages to accelerate the board. The practitioner makes the board lock / dredge water;

🌊  The Surfer uses the board rails. The Practitioner surfs at the bottom of the board;

🌊  The surfer uses the wave wall. The practitioner runs the bottom of the wave;

🌊  The surfer dominates the most important maneuver – the turn at the base. Practitioners, often “big loggers” who fill the beach with style, never made one.

As Patrícia Lopes used to say, our greatest champion in the history of Surfing in Portugal: “Forward, it’s Lisbon eheheh!”

Regular or Goofy?

Regular or Goofy? 🤔

We have previously described how we consider to be the best base position, to have as a reference for the initial learning of Surfing.
🤩 But it is also important to mention that there are people who feel more comfort and balance when putting their right foot in front – GOOFY.
🤩 Others who feel greater stability with their left foot forward on the Surfboard – REGULAR.
For many in this area, this decision is made considering the calling foot, or the strongest foot, for example the foot that kicks the ball, and this should be the back foot or, there is also a lot of habit of pushing the person to see which foot advances, and this should be the front one.
🦶 So it usually boils down to the fact that the strongest foot is the back foot on the board or that the foot that locks when we push a person is the front foot.
At Good Surf Good Love, we do not use any of these methods because, we know that there is a very large percentage of goofy surfers, surfers who use their left foot behind and who do all other sports with their right foot, sometimes even snowboarding. or skateboarding. 😉
➡️ By the way, did you know that the expression “Goofy” comes from far back in 1937, when Walt Disney launched a cartoon of Goofy – Goofy – surfing with his right foot forward on his board? The film was called “Hawaiian Holiday”, look it up on YouTube.
⚠️ Please note that this term does not mean that whoever surfs with their right foot forward is not going to be a good surfer. Take a look at the average of Goofyes and Regular surfers in the 1st world league championship to see that the percentages are almost half.
Therefore, it is important that, in the case of adults, the mechanical programs that the body brings with other practices are respected, without ever contradicting it, seeking greater comfort in one of the positions; in the case of children, if they are less than 6 years old, it will be natural for them to rise in both ways, as they are in the optimal phase of psychomotor learning. At this stage, the little ones are a sponge! For us, we don’t much like to oppose this playing with your skills, but it is customary to be “forced” to an early specialization, more due to impatience of the parents or repair of the children among themselves, than by our will.😅
From the age of 6, it is common that they also already have this base defined for one side. Then yes, it is time to make corrections, such as starting to insist that they get up off the board in the way that we consider technically and biomechanically more functional – without jumping, without toes supported, without tiring push-ups, etc…. eheheh more material for an upcoming post!
And thou? Are you Regular or Goofy?🤔
                             👌 But if you want to know more, you already know, we are on the beach waiting for you!😜