Surfing is shared. But how can you convince your partner to share the lineup with you? How can you let her / he fall in love with surfing, surfboard, and riding a blue wave?
Under normal circumstances, you have only one chance. If your plan fails to conquer the heart of your dear, you can hardly have a second chance, the catastrophic experience leads to sustained bad memories.
Surfing couples are rare, but the number of partners who share the passion for surfing is growing. Here are a few tips to get romantic duos in the waves:
1. Praise her/his body measurements, and how they relate to surfing: some people feel intimidated or even afraid of waves and surfboards. Sometimes they don’t believe they’re physically ready to take on surfing. Make surfing a universally accessible surfing. Encourage your soulmate to dive into this wonderful world.
2. Invite her/him to try surfing on a blue summer day: talk about it a few days before it is supposed to happen, with no pressure, and no obligations.
3. Get a big surfboard: the bigger the board, the fastest she/he will pop up and experience the thrill of surfing. A memorable episode will increase the chances she/he gets hooked and wants to give it another shot. Get a beginner surfboard.
4. Search for an uncrowded beach: no one likes to be the kook and the absolute beginner who falls off the board like a child when learning to walk for the first time. Protect her/him from being the laughing stock of the beach.
5. Let her/him get acquainted with the surfing reality: putting on the wetsuit, waxing up the board, putting the leash one, and carrying the surfboard down the beach are new things, so don’t rush the pre-surf surf process.
6. Keep surfing simple: teach her to find her/his balance on the surfboard, the paddle mechanism, and how to pop and ride small whitewater ripples.
7. Stay with her/him all the time: if you want your significant other surfing with you in the future, you need to support her/him and dedicate your time to her/him. Forget your waves, and focus on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
8. Shorten the surf baptism time: don’t surf yourselves to exhaustion. Keep it a relaxing, enjoyable adventure into the sport of the kings.
9. Smile all the time, and give positive feedback: talk positively about the first rides. Share tips on how to make it even easier. Make it a fun and unforgettable experience that you will both remember for the rest of your lives.
10. Have lunch, dinner, or a drink together afterward: celebrate her/his introduction to surfing, and underline the evolution from zero to awesomeness in such a short period of time. Talk about what he/she could be doing in a matter of weeks, and it feels to ride an endless wave, with your eyes closed, and the sun’s heat gently touching your face on a warm summer day.