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Bodysurfing is the art and sport of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or bodyboard. Bodysurfers usually equip themselves with a pair of specialized swimfins that optimize propulsion and help the bodysurfer catch, ride and kick out of waves.
To get on the wave, bodysurfers must time their launch, pick a direction, kick and stroke hard with feet and arms, then use their back and outstretched arm, to ride the wave both sideways and downward. Turns can be performed by digging the shoulder into the wave, causing the person to slide to the side of the wave and accelerate. Advanced techniques include spins and barrel rolls.
Exiting the wave is key to safety. The safest exit maneuver is roll sideways into the back of wave until one exits out the back where the wave is no longer breaking. In stronger waves, the same maneuver applies, however the surfer must apply greater force to exit. This must be done with no hesitation, to avoid injury. Some bodysurfers opt to stay inside the hollow part of the wave — commonly known as the barrel — until it closes out onto them.
Surfing provides many health benefits including:
Cardiovascular fitness – from paddling
Shoulder and back strength – these muscles will strengthen from the paddling
Leg and core strength – once you’re standing up on the board, strong legs and a strong core will keep you up.
A great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the natural environment
A good outlet for stress and tension.
Arm paddling – this mainly involves your arms. You need to position your body towards the nose of the board, keep your feet together and paddle with your arms using a freestyle swimming action (alternating your arms).
Kick paddling – this mainly involves your legs. You need to slide your body to the back of the board so your legs are free to kick.
Combination arm and kick paddling – this involves using both methods, which will help you to move more quickly.
Although surfing tends to be a fairly free sport and a mostly recreational activity, there are certain rules based on common sense that are important to consider, including:
If someone is already riding a wave, don’t try to paddle around them.
The person closest to the breaking wave has right of way.
Respect other riders’ right of way.
Share the surf and don’t steal other riders’ waves.
Remember that surf board riders cannot surf in between the flags on a patrolled beach.
Don’t take it out on other people if you’re having a bad day. Respect other people, their gear and their belongings. This applies not only in the water, but on the shore and in the car park.
Always apologise and make sure that everyone is okay if you make a mistake and cause a collision.