The way to get your partner into surfing

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.

Couple making heart shape with hands against surf board standing

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.


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