There are lots of ways to get footage of yourself, but video filmed from the beach is generally best since you can see both the surfer and the wave they’re riding. (Footage from a camera attached to your board is harder to analyze as the wave itself is distorted and your position on the wave face is difficult to see.)

To get footage, you can either team up with a couple of friends and take turns operating the camera, or get in touch with a videographer in your area who can do the work for you.

Most videographers offer private and group sessions, if you’re looking to share the cost. You can click here to find out who’s in your area.

If you’re teaming up with your friends, we’d recommend 3 or 4 people doing 20-30min shifts, everyone can get a solid hour of surfing on video. In our experience, if one person takes the initiative and brings a camera and tripod to the beach, most people are pretty keen to get involved.

You’ll need a camera with a good zoom lens so the surfer can fill up around a 3rd of the screen. Usually, 400mm (35mm equivalent) or 30x zoom is fine. You’ll also need to mount the camera on a tripod to keep the footage stable.

For more information on equipment, listen to Episode 68 of the Surf Simply Podcast.