Thanks to my buddy Sean Duley for the guest post.
Have you ever been in the ocean and tried body surfing? If not, you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime. This article will be a guide for how to body surf for the first time.
First, you need to pick a great ocean for body surfing. An ocean with many waves is great, however, you do not want waves that are too big. In California, some of the best body surfing I did was on the Pacific Ocean in Venice Beach. Other great beaches to check out in California for body surfing are Manhattan Beach, the beach in Santa Monica, and Malibu Beach.
After you have found a great beach, the next step is to swim out into the ocean. Swim out into the ocean so it hits right above your waist. At this level, you should still be able to jump from the bottom in a rather easy fashion. Make sure you have balance as well.
As the wave approaches you, be sure to jump into the actual wave. This is called "catching" a wave. Envision the way surfers dive into waves as they would on you favorite directv show.
After you jump into the wave, now the wave should be able to pull you in and over, so that you are gliding on top of the wave. You will know you have been successful when you are gliding on top of waves. Body surfing takes practice, but it is highly enjoyable when perfected!