How to Pop Up on a Surfboard

If you want to know how to pop up on a surfboard, you’ve come to the right place! This blog post will teach you everything you need to know about popping up, from the proper stance to the timing of your movements.

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Popping up on a surfboard is how you get to your feet and into the surf stance. Once you’ve mastered the ability to pop up, you can start surfing! Many beginners have trouble with this phase of surfing because they try to stand up too quickly, or they use too much arm strength when popping up. It takes practice to learn how to use your whole body together to gracefully get to your feet.

Picking the Right Surfboard

When you’re ready to start popping up on a surfboard, the first step is picking the right surfboard. Ideally, you want a board that’s long enough to provide stability but not so long that it’s cumbersome. A good rule of thumb is to pick a board that’s about 6 inches (15 cm) shorter than your height. For example, if you’re 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, you want a board that’s around 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) long.

Once you have the right surfboard, it’s time to start practicing your pop-up. To do this, start by lying on your stomach on the center of the board. Place your hands on either side of your chest and push up so that you’re in a plank position. From there, jump up and place your feet in the middle of the board. Once you’re in position, shift your weight onto your back foot and stand up straight. And that’s it! You’ve successfully popped up on a surfboard.

Picking the Right Wave

Start by assessing the wave. You want a wave that is not too big and not too small—somewhere in the middle. The best waves to start on have a long, gentle slope and break slowly. These types of waves are easier to paddle into and will give you more time to get up on your feet.

When you see a wave you like, paddle hard to catch it. Position yourself so you are perpendicular to the wave, then when the wave starts to catch up to you, pull yourself up onto your feet in one quick, fluid motion. As you stand up, place your feet parallel to each other with your weight evenly distributed on the board—this is called a “stance.”

To stay on the wave, keep your knees bent and let your hips move from side to side. This will help you stay balanced as the wave moves underneath you. If you need to turn, do so by shifting your weight from one foot to another rather than picking up your feet and moving them.

Popping Up on Your Surfboard

Popping up on your surfboard is one of the most important surfing skills you will need to learn. Once you have mastered this move, you will be able to catch waves with ease and start Surfing!

Here are some tips on how to pop up on your surfboard:

1. Start by lying flat on your board. Place your hands beneath your shoulders with your fingers pointing toward the nose of the board.

2. Push down with your hands and feet to raise your body off the board into a plank position.Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.

3. Bring one foot up toward your chest and place it beside your other foot. Keep your knees bent and shift your weight onto your toes.

4. From this position, jump up into the air and land with both feet on the center of the board. Bend your knees slightly to absorb the impact. once you are in a standing position, keep your feet shoulder-width apart for balance.


Now that you know how to pop up on a surfboard, get out there and practice! The more you do it, the easier it will become. Soon you’ll be popping up like a pro!

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