Owen MulfordCasey Mulford and Owen Mulford – Co-Founders of Billabong’s OC Groms Surf School, Ocean City, MD OC Groms Surf School was started in 2004 and from that time we have given over 2,000 lessons to children and adults of all ages. OC Groms Surf School specializes in teaching basic fundamentals of surfing, surf etiquette, water safety, and general ocean knowledge for the novice and for the more seasoned surfer, OC Groms teaches the finer nuances of surfing as well. As an instructor myself, I have been teaching surfing for 8 years and have instilled the passion of surfing into thousands of campers. All our instructors are CPR and first aid certified and have been teaching for many years themselves. If you take a surf lesson, make sure the counselors are properly trained in life saving procedures.
Hi, I am Owen with Billabongs O.
C. Groms Surf Camp, headquartered at K-Coast Surf Shop, 35st Street in Ocean City, Maryland. Today we are learning how to surf and what we are going to talk about now is popping up directly to our feet. As we talked about, we are in a good body position, and we know how to paddle for a wave. Once we have caught the wave, we are going to learn to pop up directly to our feet. Step one is popping up is we have our hands right underneath our chest almost like a push-up. What we are going to do, once we caught the wave, is to push our upper body up and swing our feet underneath our body. Notice my body position right now; my feet are a little bit more than shoulder width apart, my knees are bent, my hips are sunk low. My toes are pointing almost perpendicular to the board, but they are a little bit cockeyed, which is fine. We do not want have our feet pointing forward, because its tough to balance that way. Anywhere between perpendicular to about a 30 degree angle is fine. So make sure, our hips are sunk, our knees are bent, and we can use our hands and upper body as balance. The heaviest part of your body is your head and your chest, and that will be your toppling point. So if we are not tucked in nice and tight, we are going to fall over and not be able to ride a wave. Our next part we are going to talk about is popping up to our knees in case we cant pop directly to our feet.