How To Read A Wave

How To Read A Wave

Jey, surf coach and owner of Newquay surf school Cornish Wave, sent over his guide for how to read waves.

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Stay or Go?

The Yes/No part really hits the nail on the head for me, though I come at it from a slightly different angle.

I ask myself:

Am I going to surf this wave?

Yes: start paddling for the best area to take off from.
No: sit in a safe area or start paddling to get over the wave/prepare to duck dive or turtle roll.

To start with this was an active thought process. Over time I’ve found I habitually ask myself for every wave that approaches.

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How to Read Waves

It’s a lot to take in, but this guide contains a load of really useful tips.

Take a look, try to remember one or two key points and keep coming back to this page.

How To Read A Wave Infographic - Surf School Newquay Cornish Wave