Basics About Surfing

Surfing is a water sport for some and a pastime for others. Surfers generally ride alongside a wave towards the shore, using a surfboard, either lying down or standing up. You can find surfers on long beaches or oceans where the strength of the waves is high.
Surfing does not necessarily require a surfboard. Earlier people used to surf on waves using an Alaia, a paipo, on their belly, knees and other equipment. Recently, best fishing kayaks has become more sophisticated.

Stand-up Surfing

Here the surfer awaits the wave seated and then rises upon the sight of a strong wave. Stand-up surfing is of three types, namely stand-up paddling, short boarding, and longboarding.

Body Boarding

Here a surfer rides the wave using a body board, by either lying on the surfer's belly, drop knee or standing position on the body board.

Knee Boarding

In this type, a board that is convex, buoyant and hydrodynamic in shape pulls the surfer usually by a speedboat or motorboat.

Surf Matting

Surfers ride the wave using inflatable mats or use foils.

Body Surfing

This the most natural form of surfing where the surfer rides the wave using the surfer's body and without the help of any physical board.

Tow-in Surfing

Surfer is towed right in front of the wavefront to match the wave's speed with the help of a motorboat.

Surfing without waves

Other surfing activities that do not require waves are paddle boarding, sea kayaking, kite surfing and windsurfing.

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