To teach surfers to “build” on their score as the competitive heat progresses.


Ask the surfers to go for a light jog on the beach followed by stretching exercises.


  • Send the surfers out for 20 minutes.
  • Ask them to surf the drill like a normal competitive heat. 
  • The surfers can catch as many waves as they like, but are scored only on two waves.
  • After the surfer’s first wave, they should be looking to catch better waves for the heat’s duration.


This drill encourages surfers to look for quality waves towards the end of their heats.

 In experienced surfers are prone to catch waves towards the end of their heats that do not have the scoring potential to replace earlier ridden waves.

They do not “build” on their scores in their heats.

Surfers should be encouraged to “build” throughout their heats, continually catching better waves for the heats duration, never a lesser one.

Many surfers don’t have the ability to say “no” to bad waves – especially when under competitive pressure.

A major skill to develop in competitive surfers is for them to become decisive when catching waves.

Decisive means, only paddling for and catching waves with good manoeuvre potential for a particular day.