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.
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.
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.