When you go out to the beach, there are many forms of surfing you can try. The most traditional kind of surfing requires balance and skill and is reserved for older, more coordinated individuals. If you want to do an easier form of surfing, you can try boogie boarding. Instead of standing on the board, you rest your stomach over it and let the waves guide you to shore. As an aspiring boogie boarder, you should follow these steps and suggestions.

Part One: Get On the Board in the Water

  1. Attach the cord to your arm. It's very inconvenient when a wave wipes you out and you have to hunt for your board that's several feet away.There should be a loop at the end of the cord that you can wrap around your wrist. 
  2. Get in the water. Swim out to the area beyond where the waves are breaking. Don't go too deep so you won't be able to stand up comfortably and touch the ocean's floor. Also, it's best to find water that is not so choppy so you can easily rest on the board.
  3. Prop yourself up on the board. As the board floats right side up along the water, hold your hands on each side of the board. Hop on the board so your stomach and torso are resting against it, as are the majority of your thighs and legs. For a smaller boogie board, your hips should line up with the end of the boogie board. 
  4. Maintain the right stance. Your hands should grasp the top corners, and your elbows should rest against the sides. Lift up your head. Your spine should arch slightly. 

Part Two: Catch a Wave

  1. Wait for the right wave. A good boogie boarder will know the right size wave to surf on and when the best time is to catch it. Look for a wave that is breaking, indicated by white and foamy water at the top. 
  2. Ride this wave. As you see the wave break, get kicking and paddling. You should be in front or on top of the wave so it will be able to push you shore. Remember that position is key. Use your arms to steer yourself in the appropriate direction. 

Practice is very important as you nail these fundamentals of boogie boarding. For beginners, it's best to start out with smaller waves and then get more adventurous later. Within time, you can call yourself a seasoned boarder and pass down your skills to another. 

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