Surfing is not what you might just “pick up” but a lot of people in their own wish list. Starting for some people, the challenge is to learn even do not know if you are good at this. There can even be fear of failure.
In order to alleviate these concerns, here are 25 tips for beginner surfers, designed to help you try to start taking risks. I said try it because it is likely to be full: try it. In addition to these useful tips, hope to put some work. No one jumps on the cost of a surfboard first wave and fast moving. Like any other sport, you need to devote some time and energy to learning and learning to do better. If you follow these hints, you will be a great surfer.
1. Don’t Learn by Yourself.
No matter how easy you think it looks, never, ever approach surfing by yourself. Either get an experienced friend to teach you or go to a surf camp in order to avoid injuring yourself and others, or even putting your life in danger.
2. Pick a Good Teacher
If you decide to take some surf lessons, research the teacher in advance. Make sure they are experienced and have good reviews. Sometimes, a good teacher won’t just teach you how to surf, but they’ll inspire you and help you love surfing.
3. Use a Big Surfboard
This is one of the best beginner surfing tips you could ever follow. Some people are tempted to jump on smaller, shorter boards as quick as possible. A large board will help you develop better fundamental mechanics and you’ll catch a lot more waves in the early stages.
4. Get Yourself a Soft-Top
Make no mistake, at the beginning, you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting on it, rather than standing. Soft-tops are good entry boards and they’re safer for everybody involved than their fiberglass and epoxy alternatives.
5. Surf a Beginners Wave
Using a beach that is appropriate for beginning surfers is crucial to your surfing success. Learn to surf on a beach known for good, steady waves and the whole learning process will be smoother. Tackle small waves before you attempt larger ones. Even though you may feel ready, unless your teacher says you’re ready, you’re not. Trust me, you’ll be upgrading your surf spot in no time with the right amount of dedication.
6. Spend Some Time on Dry Land First
Once you are on the beach, do not rush in the water. Take some time on the beach and stretch. Check your belt and you also take some time to watch the waves. Let you focus on other users, see what they do. This is not a habit that will stop once a graduate beginner.
7. Pace Yourself
Once you get into the water you will need to pace yourself. I know how excited you may feel, but if you don’t pace yourself you can risk injury. Remember, you have all the time in the world to surf.
8. Don’t Get Tangled with the Big Dogs
This advice ties in with our previous one as well as tip #5. It simply means keep your distance from experienced surfers, mainly because they’re surfing more challenging waves. As a beginner you’re prone to making lots of mistakes, and you’ll want to avoid getting in people’s way. The safety of others is just as important as your own safety every time you get in the water.
9. Get Comfortable Sitting on that Board
As weird as it may sound, sitting on a surfboard isn’t the easiest, nor the most comfortable thing in the world.
10. Paddle, Paddle, Paddle
Paddling is another thing you will need to practice until you get it right. The key is to find a rhythm and to keep it. This also requires you to be in shape, because it will be quite exhausting the first few times.
11. Get Used to Wiping Out
If there’s one certainty when learning to surf it’s that you will be involved in a lot of wipeouts. You will fall, and fall, and fall…and then you’ll fall some more. The waves will knock you down, you’ll get confused, and frustrated, and you’ll even get some bruises. All you need to remember is that it’s all part of the game.
12. Bend at the Knees
When you’re on the wave, it is imperative that you bend your knees and not your back. If you bend your back, you’ll not just lose your balance mush easier but trust me, it’s not a good look in surfing’s style book.
13. Stay Perpendicular to the Whitewater
When a breaking wave is ahead of you you can either duck under it or race to paddle over. No matter which you choose, once the wave has broken you need to stay perpendicular to the whitewater (the part of the wave that is breaking). If you don’t, you’ve given all that energy more surface area to grab you and your board, pulling you under the water and dragging you toward shore.
14. Have Fun
No matter what you do and where you are, if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it. Always remember that awesome quote by Phil Edwards: “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.”
15. Go On a Surf Trip
You do not need to be responsible for the north shore of Oahu to surf your head for a few months, but there are plenty of places around the world of water warm and waves’ new surfing. You surfing up in the jump, even a week you have nothing but woke up, surfing, eating, surfing, sleeping and repeating.