Have you ever thought, while picturing your first surfing, that you’ll have to row a lot? Few thought about it before they started surfing, but they should have! After all, rowing takes most of the time. First, you gotta row to the line up, then choose the right starting spot and constantly rake up to the place, because you can be carried away by the current. The current is weak at times and you can barely feel it, but sometimes it’s so strong that you do nothing but row all the time. Just choosing a wave isn’t enough, you need to rake it.
Next comes the very moment: you catch your wave! And it goes on over again. If you row improperly, you can get tired in no time, and the whole ride will be ruined, therefore, in order to avoid this, we suggest using some tips and preparation methods.
-No need to try to row at speed, it’s important to row with effort, feel the water push. What happens when rowing at speed? Rowing at a crazy pace, you move the body in a way that it doesn’t lie flat on the board and starts wobbling.
-Hold your legs together and don’t hang them down, rocking the board.
-Do not get too low to the board; raise your shoulders when rowing. It’s crucial, in order to fix your body in a stationary state and, accordingly, not to rock the board.
-No need to constantly row with both hands at once, you need to row one at a time, like in a crawl style. When rowing with both hands simultaneously, the speed drops when they are above water. Both hands rowing can be used as the last extra stroke before your take – off.
There are lots of peculiarities, but don’t be scared! It gets better and better with each training session and you’ll soon begin to feel the board, the wave and your body. All the preparation and effort is worth the feeling when you catch your wave, glide along, and take every second in!