Words by Emily Wilkins

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Enviously watching a female surf coach shred a tiny shore dump one day I asked, how is your pop-up so fast? She did ten a day, at home in her bedroom, was her reply. “And if you want to really do it properly, put down masking tape as a stringer line, and make sure your feet are landing in the right place.” Well I did, and although it was hard at first, I soon saw results. And it’s something I’ve always come back to, especially when not surfing as much as I would like.

Here’s what to do:

Lay face down on the ground, palms comfortably under your shoulders.



Press up with your arms, twist your hips, back-foot hip facing upwards.


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Then smoothly swing yourself up into a squat, only now you should be facing side on to how you were lying down.


Well done. You just popped up. Now do it again. And again!


For more surfing tips like this get the new version of the Surf Girl Handbook available August 1st.