The Take Off is the moment when surfing, where you stand up on the surfboard to surf the waves while standing.
The take off is not easy to learn at the beginning. Important is a fluent and fast sequence of movements.
At Take Off you push yourself up after the paddle movement. You support both hands on the height of the chest on the board, pushes the arms through and tries to get to his feet with a quick jump. Who stands with the right leg in the front is called Goofy or Goofy Footer when surfing, who stands with his left leg on the front of the board is called Regular or Natural.
Important in the Take Off is the timing. Do not get up too early, because then you will stop paddling too early and you will not have enough speed to really get carried away by the wave.
You can also practice the take off "dry". Lie down on your stomach. Keep body tension, this is important because it gives you the necessary stability later on the board.
It is also important that you are in the right place of the surfboard. Imagine a centerline (if no stringer exists) and position yourself neither too far forward nor too far back on the board. With Malibu boards one says, one should be able to touch the board end with the feet. Over time you will get a better and better feel for the right position on the surfboard and you will not need donkey bridges anymore.
Even when paddling you can do a lot wrong. Do long paddle moves along the board. Keep your legs closed so the water can not run between your legs and throw you forward. Keep your fingers open a bit when paddling. You displace more water and move faster.
Now the time has come. You are right on the board and behind you a wave is building up. Paddle properly and brace yourself off Brett at the level of your shoulders.
Once supported, push your chest upwards. Always look forward. This is important so that you also drive forward. Now jump in one movement on the board so that you come to a halt to the side. To be stable, you should stand about shoulder-wide in the middle of the surfboard. The knees slightly bent and the upper body slightly turned in the direction of travel.
You always look forward during the whole process of getting up, otherwise you lose your balance. It is important that you have the center of gravity always in the middle of the board during the entire movement process.
Always focus on your body tension and do not paddle randomly into any wave or foam roller. Always make sure that you are well balanced. Take your time and be completely in the thing. When you get tired, take short breaks.
Most importantly, above all, do not give up. The take off at home on the floor is easy. There are many factors on the board that may overwhelm you in their entirety.
Here is: practice makes perfect. Do not measure yourself to others from your class. Each person has a different pace of learning and with a little patience, you will soon be standing your first waves standing.
Of course, the take off varies in its difficulty later. This depends on how steep or fast a wave is. Often you have to overcome yourselves a rapid "descent" to head for. Practice safety and trust in yourself. And remember: you need speed, so paddle vigorously and cleanly and pull again, if you already think the wave has already caught you.