How do you surf closeout waves?

What is a closeout wave?

In surfing, a closeout is a wave formation that does not allow a tubular ride or smooth ridable transitional and optimum trajectory of hydrodynamic wave action from drop in to either left or right.

What causes closeout waves?

The primary reason waves closeout is because of the swell direction. When a swell direction is too direct such as swell direction that is originating from the west that hits the California shoreline, you may get a lot of closeouts resulting from that swell direction.

How do I find good surf waves?

You can tell a spot has a steep profile if it gets deep very quickly. In this case the waves will break closer to the shore and they’ll be packing some power. Spots that gradually get deeper will often have gentler waves, ideal for learning to surf. Tides go in and out with high and low being roughly 6 hours apart.

What is pearling surfing?

Pearling occurs when the front of your board, the nose, dips into the water when you are trying to catch a wave. With the nose of the surfboard digging into the water, the back of the board is launched up.

What to do when a wave breaks on you?

Turn your back to the wave (but look over your shoulder and keep an eye on it), hold the board with both hands on either side of the nose with your body closer to the whitewater and the board closer to the beach, and as the wave reaches you, allow yourself to sink below the water and pull down on the nose.

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What do surfers look for in a wave?

An advanced surfer will look for a larger, faster, more powerful, preferable hollow a-frame. (See surfer lingo to clarify.) It’s important that the wave starts breaks continuously from one position and peels along its length without other sections breaking. This lets a surfer ride along the unbroken face.