Do you ever wonder how Stephanie Gilmore does this? Yes us too! So although we all can’t be amazing surfers like Steph there are a few things you can do to make yourself feel more confident in the surf. Corinne Evans takes a look at some ways to bring out the best of yourself in the surf and give yourself the confidence boost it needs.
We love wipeouts
Wipeouts are a much a part of surfing as waxing up your surfboard, so embrace them! We all have them and even even the pro surfers fall off from time to time. There isn’t any need to feel self conscious if you fall off in front of people. Just grab your board and get back out there! If you’re not falling off, you’re not trying hard enough!
Stop with the bad vibes
Learning to surf and improving your surfing should be fun! So hold back the negative vibes and see surfing for the amazing fun sport that it is. Don’t take it too seriously, you will progress a lot quicker if you stop stressing and smile a little more. Surfing is a hard sport to master so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel like you’re progressing quick enough. Enjoy the waves and let yourself progress at your own pace. If you’re negative about your surfing you will damage your confidence, which isn’t a good vibe. Be positive!
We have lost count of how many times we have heard the question – do I look fat in my wetsuit? Seriously?! We all look like walking seals in wetsuits and that’s ok, it’s part of the sport. Without wetsuits (if you’re a cold water surfer) you’d freeze. Don’t waste your time worrying about what people will think you look like, just get your wetsuit on and hit the surf.
Share the stoke
There is such a wonderful sisterhood / brotherhood and family connection within surfing and we love nothing more than seeing people share the stoke in the surf. If your friend has a good wave, then cheer them on. Everyone loves a little confidence boost from time to time and what’s better than to compliment someone’s surfing?
Make a list of the things that scare you the most about surfing. It can be surfing by yourself, trying a new wave or paddling out the back. Make the list is visible so you can see it every time you go surfing. Then start to tick them off one by one. Push yourself to reach your goals and turn those daunting fears in to confidence boosting achievements.
Top photo courtesy WSL/Cestari, all other photos courtesy Ben Jones.