Body surfing is a sport where people ride waves on their stomachs without the use of a surfboard.
All it takes for body surfing
The ability to stay afloat and breath-holding skills. Unfortunately, this makes body surfing an expensive hobby as you need to be able to afford lifeguards and other safety equipment such as rescue vests. Other options include structured training courses that teach beginners how to become experienced in the water and how the ocean environment works. Without understanding these elements, you risk losing your valuables such as wallet/watch/car keys, etc… As well as potentially harming yourself by fighting against nature instead of working with it. For those who lack swimming abilities or those who live in inland areas, I recommend purchasing a stand-up paddleboard. This allows you to balance on top of the water and use either a single or double-bladed paddle to move around.
Reason For Body Surfing
Body surfing is thrilling because it can be done at any age without breaking your bones from falling down due to adverse weather conditions such as high winds, adverse currents, or sharks. No matter how old or young you are, a healthy body will still allow you to catch waves and ride them in before floating out / paddling back in safely. Even older generations who have retired from regular surfing usually take up body surfing due to their physical capabilities worsening with age and possibly because they prefer floating out vs standing up when catching waves. Other reasons include not being able to afford a surfboard, already having an existing injury that prevents them from surfing, or simply not being physically fit enough to stand up on a moving object.
While some people are born with a passion for body surfing, others need guidance and learning techniques which include floating, timing your breaths, and paddleboarding skills. This can be done by approaching lifeguards at beaches who may teach you if they have spare time or by purchasing swimming lessons within schools. If you want to become experienced in open waters, I recommend searching for local clubs/surf shops that offer paddleboard rentals. You then either rent their boards or bring your own along with any protective equipment such as rescue vests etc… and go with them on their training sessions.
Practice For Body Surfing
If you do not have the means to purchase a paddleboard, another option is to post on online forums or social media platforms such as Instagram and ask for friends who will allow you to use theirs. This works really well as long as they’re willing to take you out with them when they cruise around the coastline/ocean area. You then bring your fins with you which will provide greater speed and enable you to catch more waves than those using just their hands. As far as timing goes, it’s important that you time your breaths according to wave size. If a wave is small, take a breath every 2-3 seconds while if it’s larger, take a breath every 6-10 seconds.