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Surfing Basics to Master Before Catching a Wave
California-based financial advisor Darrach Bourke has served in senior positions with multiple large investment and lending firms. He has worked for San Mateo, California’s Emerson Equity since May of 2016 as senior vice president of wealth management. In his leisure time, Darrach Bourke, a former big wave surfer, continues to surf regularly at Ocean Beach and Fort Point in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Beginning surfers should definitely not start with the big waves. After waxing their boards and ensuring that all other equipment is working properly, new surfers must examine the water carefully to find waves that are neither too big nor too small. 

If you have never surfed before, you must determine which foot will take the forward position and which foot will take the rear position on the board. Go into the shallows, stand on the board, and let a friend push you back and forth until you determine if you feel more comfortable in the regular foot (left foot forward) or goofy foot (right foot forward) position.

The next skills to practice are techniques such as the duck dive and the turtle roll that will help you navigate oncoming waves while you are paddling out. When you make it past the breakers, you will likely join a line-up of surfers waiting to catch a wave. Take these surfers’ advice when it comes to identifying a wave that’s right for you and finding an appropriate take-off spot.
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