Surf Skating: Does It Work?
WHAT IS SURF SKATING
Surf skating is a form of skateboarding that replicates the experience of surfing on a wave in the ocean, on dry land.
And because it’s an activity that can be done irrespective of the elements, it’s something that you can practice again, and again, allowing you to refine, repeat, and perfect your technique until you get it right.
What’s more, unlike surfing the ocean with its ever changing canvas (literally no two waves will ever be the same), the surface whilst you’re surf skating will always be the same.
And it’s this consistent learning environment that allows you to make big improvements, fast.
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IS SURF SKATING HARD?
Surf skating isn’t hard par-se, but it is something that’ll take a little getting used to.
If you’re someone that has some skating experience already, and you surf too, you should find the transition relatively straight forward when learning the basics.
But getting good at surf skating however is a different story, and will take considerable practice to perfect.
DOES SURF SKATE IMPROVE YOUR SURFING?
Yes, surf skating does improve your surfing.
It helps because it gives you the opportunity to replicate and refine the body mechanics of what you do in the water consistently.
As these movements are practiced on dry land they’re internalised, and when you hit the water the body is pre-programmed to move in the right ways, taking things out of your head and into instinct.
Surf skating won’t improve your surfing however if you don’t actually go surfing often, because even though there are many similarities between the two, there’s still no supplement for the real thing.
Think of it as an accelerator…
In and of itself it won’t help you improve, but when combined with regular surfing it’ll accelerate your surfing progress for sure.
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ARE SURF SKATES GOOD FOR BEGINNERS?
The short answer is yes, surf skates are good for beginners.
But in truth, it’s a little more nuanced than that.
You see, most of the movements that are made on a surf skate generally replicate the movements of a more advanced surfer, things like pumping for speed, big bottom turns and cutbacks – yet as a beginner surfer, these types of manoeuvres are not quite in your repertoire just yet.
So does that mean the surf skates are no good if you’re just a beginner?
Nah, not at all.
With most of us spending the majority of our time sitting at a desk, or lying down, at the very least they’re going to help with your balance and agility in general – keeping you mobile and active.
And at best they’re going to prep your body mechanics in the right way for when you’re ready to tackle more advanced manoeuvres down the track.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SURF SKATE AND A CRUISER?
Surf skates and cruisers may look very similar on the outside, but they’re actually quite different when you get into the nitty gritty of it all.
Cruiser skateboards are designed for cruising down hill, carving from side to side, and are great for riding along smooth flat surfaces too.
The front and back trucks are fairly traditional and are both constructed in the same way (surf skates are quite different in this regard).
They’re great for cruising from place to place, but they don’t replicate the feel of surfing all that much.
Surf skates are designed with one purpose in mind – to replicate the feeling of surfing. This makes them great for pumping around on flat surfaces and pump tracks, but they’re not so great riding down steeper hills.
The reason for this is the way the trucks are constructed, with the front truck being incredibly loose making riding at speed more of a challenge as speed wobbles come into play.
Surf skates are amazing at one thing – mimicking the feeling or riding a wave, but generally speaking they’re not so good at riding from place to place as generally speaking speed is generated without pushing (speed is generated by pumping instead), which can be strenuous riding long distances.
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WRAPPING IT UP
Surf skating is a craze that has swept the world over in recent years, and for good reason.
It’s epic for your balance.
It’s incredible for building surf specific muscle memory.
It’s something you can practice anytime, anywhere.
And… it’s frickin fun as hell!
Will it help improve your surfing?
Damn right it will.
So what are you waiting for!