Sitting on my board

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Sitting on my board

Postby 48buthavingago » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:53 pm

After paddling out,when i try to sit on my board to wait for a wave after a few seconds i end up rolling off :oops: .
Are there any tips or tricks for sitting on your board wile waiting for a wave.
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby thomas_rj » Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:18 am

Do not move! ;)

Seriously, you simply need more time in the water, this will work itself out. I am not a physiologist so I will let someone else fill in on which parts of our body it is that needs tuning - but not falling off the board while sitting is like not falling of the bike when cycling at stroll speed. Not easy in the beginning, but after a while it is something you do not even think about, you just do it. It is an equilibrium that somehow bypasses the brain and disappears into the autonomous systems in your body or something like that.

(Looking at how the others are doing it is a good idea).
PS> if you fall off, remember it always looks kind of silly, so just laugh of your mistakes and go on to the next one without letting 'em defeat you :P
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby skimmer2 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:56 am

Still happens to me - just pretend you do it to cool off :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby young un » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:39 am

When I was learning, I used to spin my feet in the wter. Dunno if it helped, but it made me feel better.
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby errantsurf » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:45 am

The thing is to relax while sitting on the surfboard, almost sit into it.

Kicking circles under your board will also help maintain balance. :-)
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby dhand62362 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:31 pm

had the same problem until i had a day when the waves died off, so i was balancing on my board for long periods, since then its second nature, just keep trying it and it will click
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby surfrat » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:36 am

still happens mate...
you turn round to see your buddy's wave and over you go... :wink:

i always wobble about when trying to knee paddle on a longboard
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby dhand62362 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:50 pm

other things to try:-

- move into the centre of the board so it is flat in the water and just sit on it.

or

- with the nose sticking out of the water, wrap your feet around by the fins gripping the rails with your thighs and put your hands on the rails to support yourself until you can let go with your hands
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby kookie-monster » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:58 pm

If I topple I grip the board with my feet as well as my hands then stay upside down for a while....then spread a load of bullshit about how I am practising my turtle rolls....earns me scorn and derisive laughter wherever I go :oops:
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:10 pm

pretend to check your fins, otherwise you just need to get back on and remember it happens to most surfers once in a while. Might also depend what kind of board you're sitting on.
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby 48buthavingago » Mon May 27, 2013 8:55 am

I'm just checking out some of my old posts & the replies have increased :- so to all thoese who have replied, thanks for all the advice.
Since posting this question I have got my self a long board & the sitting thing is a lot easer but as someone pointed out I need to get into the water more often & practice practice practice which is not a thing I can do regular as living a stones throw from the Solent is great for sailing but crap for surfing, that's a prob which know one can help with.
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby leeson660 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:23 pm

Just reading the post and some of these replies made me laugh :-D

I thought I was the only one!! lol

Everyone else seems so calm and I'm there fighting to stay the right way up at times. Very embarrassing when your sat out the back trying to look cool and professional (usually a few hot girls around who can usually surf really well) then the dreaded capsize with a big splash. Then the board goes into the air like the titanic going down just in case anyone hadn't realised what was going on :) Did it waving to the gf the other day who was on the shore, v embarrassing!

But from now on I'll be checking my fins or cooling off (even in winter) so I'll still be looking like I know what I'm doing 8)
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby Leven » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:12 am

leeson660 wrote: (usually a few hot girls around who can usually surf really well)



Where on earth do you surf?! Don't see many of them down this way....
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:42 pm

beware the rogue sphincter gulp of seawater :lol:
Are We Too Deep ...............
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Re: Sitting on my board

Postby leeson660 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:10 am

Leven wrote:
leeson660 wrote: (usually a few hot girls around who can usually surf really well)



Where on earth do you surf?! Don't see many of them down this way....


Polzeath mate :)

There are some advantages to it being so busy in the summer!
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