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5 Tips for Intermediate Surfers


No surfer is ever done learning, even our expert instructors at our Sri Lanka Surf Camp who you can find surfing in Weligama each day before and after lessons, still have a lot to learn. If you’re an intermediate surfer who has mastered the basics of popping up and turning down the line, then a visit to our Intermediate Surf Camp is sure to improve your surfing. Unlike most surf and yoga retreats, our intermediate surf camp does not just cater to beginner surfers but also to experienced surfers who are looking to improve and master a few complicated maneuvers. Whether you’re surfing Weligama, somewhere else in Sri Lanka, or at your home break, the staff at our Sri Lanka intermediate surf camp has put together a list of 5 Tips for Intermediate Surfers that are sure to help take your surfing to the next level.

1. Surf the right board for your skill level

If you’re surfing at our Sri Lanka Surf Camp, the staff at our intermediate surf camp will make sure you’re surfing the right equipment for your skill level. All surfers should start on a longboard and work their way down to shorter boards, only after mastering the fundamentals of catching and riding waves on a longboard. If you’re surfing in Weligama, you’ll find plenty of longboard friendly waves where you can perfect the fundamentals of surfing before downsizing to a mid-length or a shortboard.


Surf the right board for your skill level

2. Take off at the peak of the wave

To make the most out of your ride and to ensure the wave doesn’t roll under you, take off at the peak of the wave. As our instructors at our Sri Lanka Intermediate Surf Camp will tell you, the peak of the wave is the highest point of an incoming swell where the wave first begins breaking.


Take off at the peak of the wave

3. Look down the line

Many intermediate surfers struggle with riding down the open face of a wave. This problem is exacerbated when surfers are riding backside. To ensure you’re riding down the line and not towards the beach in the flats, the instructors at our intermediate surf camp will tell you to look down the line. Simply pointing your head and shoulders in the direction you wish to go will allow your hips and board to follow.


Look down the line

4. Lead your turns

If you’ve mastered the pop-up and riding cleanly down the line, you’re probably working on executing turns and cutbacks. Many surfers struggle to perform well-rounded carves, but the instructors at our Sri Lanka intermediate surf camp have the solution, lead your turns. Leading your turns means beginning your turn by turning your head the direction you wish to turn then follow with your front hand, shoulders, and then finally hips. Leading your turn with your gaze and front hand allows your body and board to follow in line.


Lead your turns

5. Generate Speed with your whole body

If you’re at the point in your surfing progression where you're beginning to turn, then you must learn to generate speed to set up your turns. On a shortboard, this involves pumping. As our instructors at our Sri Lanka intermediate surf camp will tell you, successfully pumping down the line is a whole-body process. To begin to pump, you need to rise up the wave’s face. Do this by leaning into the wave and extending your body upwards. As your rise, start to compress your body by bending at the knees, this will lower your center of gravity and move you down the waves face, allowing you to gain speed.

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