Catching Waves

  • Introduction to Catching Waves
  • Types of Waves
  • Reading Waves
  • Reasons You May Not Be Catching Waves
  • Conclusion to Catching Waves



Reading and catching waves is arguably the hardest part in surfing and typically takes years of experience to master. All waves break similarly, and although they seem chaotic there is a definite pattern that can be found at each surf break.

This section doesn’t only cover how to catch waves, but also covers how to analyze and predetermine what a wave is going to do before it breaks. Remember that reading waves is essential to catching them. Knowing that you are in the right place to catch them is 90% of the job.

Did you know that if you were in the right place at the right time, you might not even need to paddle to catch a wave? The point we are trying to get across is: when it comes to missing waves, it is not about how well you can paddle, but about your ability to be in the right place at the right time.