Pop up on a surfboard: learn how to do it fast

If you're a surfer or aim to become an accomplished wave rider, you need to learn how to pop up on a surfboard. This one's for all the fresh meat out there; as well as late-stage beginners and intermediates who want to polish their skills and get better waves.

Never surfed before? Learn the essential technique. Practice on your beginner board on the beach (dig out a little groove for your fins so you don't wreck them), or any flat surface if you don't have a board handy.

Lay on your belly along a straight line like the stringer in the center of your board. In paddle position, your head and chest are raised while your arms are busy scooping water past. Feet are lying with the tops resting on the board.


Edouard Delpero: that is not a shortboard | Photo: ASP/Laurent Masurel

Edouard Delpero and Justine Dupont have claimed the Vieux Boucau Longboard Festival 2014, in small wave conditions, at Plage Nord, in France. They are the new European Longboard champions.

In the Men's final clash, Delpero found a decisive long right-hander to collect one of the top scoring rides. Edouard, who was surfing against brother Antoine, and French compatriots Emilien Fleury and Rémi Arauzo, carried his rhythm all the way to the buzzer.

"I was first to hit the peak way out the back, and I was lucky enough to score that super nice right, a very smooth wave with a cleaner face and I managed to do a hang-ten and a couple maneuvers to finish it clean," explains Edouard Delpero.


World Surf League: it's surfing, not wrestling | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

Forget the ASP World Tour. Meet the World Surf League (WSL). The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced a change in its official name.

Paul Speaker, CEO at ASP, believes "the new name is easier to understand and gets us on a better track to serve our fans, athletes and partners, and to grow the great sport of professional surfing worldwide."

The Association of Surfing Professionals was founded in 1982 by Ian Cairns. Under the new management led by ZoSea, the world surfing circuit has been introducing dramatic changes in the sport.