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How to catch a wave in surfing

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Catching waves: beginners surfers must paddle for a wave as soon as possible | Photo: Shutterstock

How do you catch a wave in surfing? This is probably the first question a beginner surfer will ask when they grab the surfboard and hit the water for the first time.

Catching your first wave is an exciting moment in surfing. The secret is to paddle into a wave with method and synchronization. Frenetic paddling will not take you anywhere and, in the process, you must include, not only your hands but your arms too.

When you’re catching a wave, you need to get your surfboard moving as fast as possible in the water to match the speed of the wave. Many novice surfers lose waves because they don’t paddle hard enough for them.

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