Surfing Tips for Beginners

Surfing Tips for Beginners

If you have always wanted to learn to surf then why not make that your resolution this year? Who knows, you might enjoy it so much that this is one year you will actually keep your New Year’s resolution. Here are just a few surfing tips to help you start out as a beginner.

Don’t surf alone

Surfing might look easy, but it really isn’t as simple as it seems. You should never go surfing alone, as the sea is a very temperamental natural element that can change in a flash. If you have a friend who can surf, then why not rope them in and get them to show you how it’s done. If you don’t have anyone who can go with you then make sure you choose a beach with plenty of people around.

Take lessons

The best, and of course safest, way to learn how to surf is to find someone who knows what they are doing to teach you. Look around and see which teachers come recommended. Do your research and find someone that you will feel comfortable with. Not only will they show you the right way to surf, but they might also even inspire you with a love of surfing.

Dress for the weather

In an ideal world, surfing would be done when the weather is warm and sunny but being realistic, in the UK, where the weather can be very changeable, the sea doesn’t reach high temperatures. It is a good idea to make sure that you dress accordingly, and this means a wetsuit. It is also important to remember that while you are in the water, your body will acclimatize to the temperature, but once you come out you will feel the cold, so invest in a surf robe and don’t forget to take it to the beach with you.

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Pick the right board

There are lots of different types of surfboard out there, but it is essential to pick the one that is best suited to a beginner. Don’t be tempted to go for a small board. Of course, they look great, but they are harder to use. Choose a large board which will allow you to develop better skills as you learn and it will be a lot easier for you to catch more waves with a larger board in the early stages, which should hopefully encourage you to carry on with the surfing rather than giving up.

A suitable type of board to go for as a beginner is a soft top one, they are a much safer board for both you and those people around you and better for sitting on which you might be doing quite a lot of.

Choose the right beach

Some of those large waves look truly amazing but don’t run before you can walk if you’re the confident type that might want to try everything they’ve seen other surfers do. Those big waves need skill and practice that can only be gained on smaller swells before you even contemplate attempting the larger waves. Instead look for a beach with gentler waves that is great for beginners. Listen to your teacher or surfing buddy and do not tackle larger waves until they think you are ready.

Stay on dry land

We understand that the draw of surfing is about being in the water but it is important that you don’t actually rush into the water when you arrive at the beach. Spend some time on the sand and do some stretches, check your board and make sure it is ready, watch the waves and get a feel for what’s going on. This is not a bad habit to get into and it will serve you well even once you are no longer a beginner.

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