How do you know it’s time to leave the white water and go Surf on the green waves?
It depends on the skills acquired, the control of the board, the education of the sea, and the knowledge of how to be, without disturbing the leisure of others.
At Good Surf Good Love, we give great importance to the permanent control of the board.
But that is not all. Everything is analyzed in data and it is this data that we usually use to define skill levels: motor control, specific strength and resistance, mobility, and knowledge of oneself and the sea.
If any rules can be made, in response to this question, you can start to go outside and leave the foam, if you have already acquired, consistently the following skills:
- You put on and stand successfully and keep your balance by running the foam to the beach in more than 80% of your waves.
- You are able to keep your board controlled (under your hands, under your arm, under your belly, or under your feet), more than 80% of the time and show an intention to improve that control.
- You know how to identify a right and a left.
- You can steer your board to the left or to the right, at your discretion.
- You can run the foams to the right and to the left, down to the beach.
- You know how to get on / off the board with control, without losing the board.
- You can divide your attention between controlling your skills, and everything else that goes on around you, so as not to put anyone at risk of collision.
- You minimally understand how the surf zone is organized, in order to know where you can go to the outside, without jeopardizing the races of the surfers, and without putting yourself at risk, to yourself or to other practitioners.
- Knowing that risk is always associated, you have a sense of where you can/should minimize it.
- If in your foam sessions you still don’t catch at least 20 waves and you are successful in more than 16, then continue to practice in these 2 aspects, until you are consistent, because, in the lineup, you have to “dispute” waves and do it to deserve them . If you miss a lot of waves, you will not be respected in a day of good waves by the real surfers. Furthermore, it never hurts to repeat, you will be putting yourself and other practitioners and surfers at risk!
Consider the following notes:
NOTE 1: When we mention that you should have acquired a certain skill, we mean that you are successful in those tasks, more than 80% of the time. That is, in every 10 attempts, you are successful in 8. Also, remember that these are the skills you have already mastered in the white water! If you have not yet mastered them, it is still not worthwhile to venture into the lineup, or in the surfers’ zone.
NOTE 2: The first time you go to the lineup, it must be on a very small day at sea and in an area with few people.
NOTE 3: When we talk about putting someone at risk, we talk about their physical integrity, their equipment, and their disposition or mood, which is as important as a cut on the face or ding on the board.
NOTE 4: Ideally, this progression should be followed and monitored by a qualified professional. (yet another absolutely controversial and extensive subject to be covered soon 😅)
One of the rules that lineups should manage today is the rule of Hawaiian masters, who simply considered it shameful to interfere in another surfer’s wave.
About this matter, there is much more to talk about:
Priorities, localisms, who should be where, and what behavior to have, knowing that the new era of surfing, has also implemented new ways of being that in other times were not accepted, and even today, they are not, by surfers of the time of lineups empty. Another one of those stories that I would love to discuss! 😬😉