What’s the best way to improve your surfing abilities? Besides clocking more hours in the water (obviously), we believe that playing back your own surf footage alongside an experienced surf coach isseriously the best way to improve. That’s why we offer video coaching as a standard part of almost all of our surf & yoga retreats. As most of you already know, our retreats are currently on hold, which means in-person video coaching is on hold too. For this reason, we’ve decided to offer virtual video coaching!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Surfers can send their surf footage to SWA coach and former professional surfer, Holly Beck, and then schedule a one-on-one virtual surf coaching session which will be held on Zoom. In these sessions, Holly will analyze each surf clip and break down all the little details. The sessions will also include time for answering questions and discussing surfboards, reading waves, surf breaks, etc. Anything goes!
The coaching is not only perfect for Amigas who want to get their old SWA footage reanalyzed, but also great for other surfers who already have their own footage. If you don’t have any surf footage, stay tuned. We may have a few options for you in the near future.
Our goal is that surfers of all levels will come out of the coaching sessions re-energized, re-inspired, and equipped with specific techniques to help take their surfing abilities to the next level.
Stoked and wanting to learn more? Click here for all the details.
Standing on the beach and watching the waves with butterflies going crazy in your stomach. Paddling halfway to the outside only to turn back around out of fear or anxiety. Or making it to the outside but then feeling too far out of your comfort zone to catch any waves.
Here are three tools that may help you overcome anxiety in the ocean so you can tap into the joy of surfing and catch more waves.
Surf with friends (aka, surf with amigas!)
So much pressure is taken off when there’s a familiar face in the water. Surfing with friends means that someone can keep an eye on you, while you keep an eye on them. It also means that you can encourage each other to catch waves, cheer each other on, and laugh at the wipeouts together. Wiping out without a friend close by just isn’t the same. If you can’t line up a surf session with a friend, the next best thing you can do is chat with another surfer in the water. This will immediately take the edge off. Not to mention your new buddy will also be more likely to share a few waves with you!
Spend time swimming and playing in the ocean
Surfing comes with many challenges. Surfers have to learn how to read waves, build up paddle and core strength, be able to steer clear of other surfers in the water, and overcome big wipeouts, to name a few. We can all agree that it’s hard. Swimming and playing in the waves (close to shore) is a great way to open up a more playful mindset while you’re in the ocean. Laughing loud, jumping over and swimming under waves, body surfing in the shore pound, laughing loud all over again. These are just a few things that will not only teach you how to tap into a more relaxed and playful approach to surfing, but will also build your confidence in reading waves and being underwater.
Although this one’s a no brainer, it’s hard to remember to just breathe when you’re amidst the chaos! Deep, slow breaths will calm your nerves and get you re-centered. Try taking a few deep breaths every time you reach the outside and have a chance to sit up on your board. This will help to get rid of any panicky feelings you have and put you back in the zone. Try to make this a consistent practice.
We hope these simple tools help you calm your nerves and tap into the joy of surfing and ocean-play. If you try one of these tools and it works, we’d love to hear your story! If you have other practices that have worked for you, we’d love to hear about those too.
It’s always nice to mix things up a bit. We know you’ve all been loving Reesie’s online Yin Yoga classes, but this week she’s given us something different! This easy-to-follow, 10-minute ab video targets the core and warms up the abs just right. As a long-time yogi and surfer, Reesie knows just what movements every surfer needs to maintain the perfect balance of strong and flexible. All of us have been so grateful for these online classes that have kept us centered, strong, and in tune with our bodies during the pandemic!
Our advice? Pair this quick ab workout with Reesie’s Yang Yoga class or tag it onto to other short workouts that you love!
As always, donations for Reesie’s online classes are gratefully accepted at Venmo- @Cherise-Richards or PayPal at email@example.com
In our downtime between being able to run retreats, Holly has been busy posting some online content in a classroom format. The newest creation is a clinic on How To Nose Ride.
The mechanics of what makes nose riding possible.
What types of boards, fins, and waves are best for nose riding.
How to read waves to position yourself and your board to set up for nose riding.
Some tips for practicing on land to make it easier once you are in the water.
Nose riding is hard to do, but it’s a lot easier when you understand what you need to do to be successful. This class will help you choose the right board and fin setup, find the right wave, know what to look for on the wave, how to set up the wave so that you can start walking forward, and what to do when you’re up there!
I’ll also give you some useful tips for practicing on land that will help you out even more once you get into the water.
This class involves one 20 minute video about nose riding, a video about how to read waves, and then space for discussion, Q&A, and follow up videos based on the questions.
Do you ever find yourself paddling for a ton of waves only to actually catch a few? Or do you find yourself feeling off-balance and slow while you’re paddling out? A few years back we made a paddle tutorial that may help you to improve your technique. It’s short, sweet, and right to the point!
The video below covers a few tips and techniques that will help you improve on the strength and length of your stroke, as well as your balance and control. It also includes a few things to avoid doing while you’re paddling.
Keep your fingers together and your hands in a scoop shape
Dig your entire arm into the water (up to your armpit)
Paddle in the shape of the Coco Chanel logo and draw big, “C’s” under your surfboard
Keep your sh** tight!
We hope this paddle tutorial is helpful! You can check out more surf tutorials on the Surf With Amigas YouTube channel here. As always, please let us know if there are any other surf-related tutorials you’d like to see.