Body surfing can be a very fun and enjoyable experience for someone who likes riding the waves on the beach. Body surfing is essentially when you have the ability to ride a wave with your body instead of a surfboard. You do not usually need equipment for body surfing since you are using your body, which makes it a great spontaneous thing to do. Body surfing can be very dangerous because it is not as easy as it might look so you should always have someone with you the first time. Body surfing is something everyone should do at least one time in their life if they enjoy the water and riding the waves. As with most things in life, body surfing will take time and practice in order to perfectly ride a wave. If you want to body surf but you are unsure how to go about it exactly, here are some techniques you can use to body surf.
Body surfing does not require you to use any equipment, although you might want to get a pair of swimming fins. The swim fins are something you will need if you want to body surf farther out into the water, which is something you should only do after you have gotten the hang of it You can get basic swim fins or the body boarding swim fins at surf shops or other retail stores in the sporting goods section for about 30 dollars. If you are body surfing early in the season or in cold water you might also want to buy a wetsuit which will protect your body against the coldness of the water. Generally, a wetsuit will cost you about 50 dollars to 100 dollars depending on the brand and style. You can find a wetsuit at your local swim or surf shop or at many retail stores in the sporting goods section. If this is your first time body surfing, you want to be in the more shallow water and have someone else with you in case of an accident. You never want to try body surfing for the first time alone and you might even want to make sure a lifeguard is on duty at your location. A wave can come up and hit you very fast and take you under the water, and if you are not skilled in swimming in the ocean then you might get into trouble.
The best beaches for water surfing are the beaches will shallow grades which will have more gentle waves. You can go pretty far out into the water on a beach where the waves are gentle and it is best for a beginner. You do not want to go to a beach that has a sudden drop off in the water depth because you can really get caught in a bad wave. You want to find a wave that does not crash suddenly and that is about one to four feet in height. Do not be body surfing right on the beach; make sure you are farther out into the waters. Once you have found that perfect wave to body surf then you can focus on the technique to try to body surf correctly.
You want to stand so your back is to the wave and you are facing toward the beach itself and wait until the wave is a few feet behind you. Push off from the bottom of the water and begin to move your legs like you are trying to kick. The wave will lift you off and then you want to angle your body so you are facing downward. The lower half of your body should be rising above the top half of your body. Make your body long and straight like a surfboard as you begin to slide in the wave and keep your legs together. Hold your arms straight out in front of your head and arch your back a little. Once you do this you should be sliding on your chest most of the time. You can paddle your arms and legs a little to keep your body in that position and it will help you body surf the wave. When the wave begins to break then you want to turn away from the wave or dive under the water so the wave can pass. When you first start body surfing, you want to glide straight down the waves so that you get the hang of the feel of the experience. After you have gotten experience you can then proceed to change your formation and body surf the waves in other directions. It might take several days or weeks for you to successfully body surf the first time so be patient. The main thing to remember about body surfing is you want to keep your body in a position similar to a surfboard so you can ride the wave without causing yourself to go under the water.