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.)

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.

We find the most effective way to get footage is to team up with a couple of friends and take turns operating the camera. With 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.

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