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Finding your leading foot. The left foot forward is called natural stance and the right foot forward is a goofy foot stance.

Finding your leading foot. The left foot forward is called natural stance and the right foot forward is a goofy foot stance.

The way to find out which way you swing (!) is to stand up straight, close your eyes and ask a friend to gently nudge you forward, the foot that goes out first to steady yourself is your leading foot!

The way to find out which way you swing (!) is to stand up straight, close your eyes and ask a friend to gently nudge you forward, the foot that goes out first to steady yourself is your leading foot!

Step 2---With your hands firmly grasping each rail push up quickly.

Step 2---With your hands firmly grasping each rail push up quickly.

Step 3-- Simultaneously, extend your arms completely and pull your knees quickly up to your chest.   Be sure to keep your weight centred with just a little slant forward.

Step 3-- Simultaneously, extend your arms completely and pull your knees quickly up to your chest. Be sure to keep your weight centred with just a little slant forward.

Step 4---Place your feet firmly on your board, one foot near the tail and one foot just above the midpoint of the board.

Step 4---Place your feet firmly on your board, one foot near the tail and one foot just above the midpoint of the board.

Step 5---Keep a low centre of gravity by crouching down and focusing your weight on the midpoint of the board.   Keep your arms out, your eyes looking forward and balance.

Step 5---Keep a low centre of gravity by crouching down and focusing your weight on the midpoint of the board. Keep your arms out, your eyes looking forward and balance.

Duck-diving is a technique to allow you to pass under breaking waves when paddling out, rather than getting hammered by each breaking wave.

Duck-diving is a technique to allow you to pass under breaking waves when paddling out, rather than getting hammered by each breaking wave.

  • Wetsuit
  • Surfboard
  • Enthusiasm
  • Basic knowledge of water safety