To evaluate the percentage of successfully completed waves. To let the surfers have an understanding of their success rate.


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


  • Send the surfers out into the surf for 40-60 minutes. 
  • Ask the surfer to just go surfing. 
  • Do not tell them that you will be evaluating their success on the waves they ride. 
  • The coach should simply count the number of waves ridden and the number of waves where the surfer finished successfully with a controlled kick- out. 

Then calculate a percentage from the two scores.

  • No. of waves ridden successfully x 100 = _____% No. of waves ridden


The calculated percentage is the success rate of the surfer for that surf.

It should be the goal of an advanced surfer to be error free or at the minimum, in the 90’s to be successful, even in their free surfing.

By not telling the surfer that they will be evaluated, their normal “success rate” will be displayed.

This is valuable information for the coach, and can highlight to the surfer that they may not be surfing to a high enough standard if their success rate is low.

What surfers habitually do Monday to Friday, is what comes out when performing under pressure.

Finishing waves with a high degree of success in their free surfing, will make it more likely that a surfer will do the same when competing.