The first time at a wave pool
It was an unforgettable experience for me. It felt like a trial by fire – from moments of awe-inspiring “wow, this is epic” to humbling thoughts of “have I ever surfed before… I suck!” But that’s what makes wave pools so captivating; they offer an incredible opportunity to refine your surfing skills and have a blast while doing it.
Wave Pools are starting to pop up everywhere, and that’s an incredible thing.
With wave pools popping up everywhere, it’s no surprise that they are becoming the new go-to destination for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Give it a few more years, and every major city globally will boast its very own surfing wave pool. They’re akin to driving ranges for golfers, except tailored for surfers, and they are changing the face of the sport (obviously).
If you have a trip to URBN Surf coming up, or any wave pool for that matter, have a watch and streamline your induction into the Wave Pool Madness and Radness.
Top Tips – Wave Pool 1st-Timers
I wanted to give you a few quick tips of things to consider, and things to expect when you get to a wave pool for the first time.
This video directly applies to URBN Surf in Melbourne Australia, but I’d venture to guess that quite a few of these tips would directly apply to any and all wave pools.
This is what I wish someone had told me before I hopped into that frigid Melbourne wave pool water for the first time.
These tips would have shifted my expectations for the better and given me more awareness of what to expect and look out for, probably making for a less stressful experience and a bit more fun.
I hope this helps smooth out your first experience at the driving range for surfing.
Wave pools are an incredible opportunity to practice, have fun, and bump up that wave count.
Lately, I’ve actually been doing quite a few consultations of surf video analysis from wave pools.
If you’ve got video footage, and you need to know the next steps of progression, hit me up and we can dial in a consultation. We’ll pull from aspects of the Cardboard Surfer program and Surf Skate program to give you a working platform to dial in better technique, resulting in better surfing.
Discover the Perfect Timing:
Wave pools operate on a specific wave schedule. Take some time to observe the pattern of waves to understand the timing and maximize your chances of catching the perfect wave. Remember, patience is key, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ride.
Stay Relaxed and Centered:
When the waves come rolling in, it’s easy to get excited and tense up. However, staying relaxed and centered on your board is crucial for maintaining balance and control. Focus on your breathing and let go of any tension in your muscles.
Experiment with Different Waves:
Wave pools offer a variety of wave types, ranging from gentle rollers to more challenging barrels. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different waves. Each wave offers a unique experience and a chance to enhance your surfing skills.
Utilize Feedback from Instructors:
Wave pools often have experienced instructors on hand to provide valuable feedback. Don’t hesitate to ask for tips and guidance. They can help identify areas for improvement and offer personalized advice to boost your performance.
Your first time at a wave pool will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience filled with excitement, challenges, and triumphs.
Embrace the wave pool madness, gear up, and be prepared for an adventure like no other. URBN Surf and other wave pools around the world offer a unique opportunity to hone your surfing skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
And if you’re looking to take your surfing to the next level, consider a surf video analysis consultation with Cris. By leveraging aspects of the Cardboard Surfer program and Surf Skate program, you can dial in better techniques and become an even better surfer.
So, get ready to catch some waves and experience the thrill of surfing in a whole new way. The wave pool is calling, and it’s time to answer the call of adventure!