8 Tips for New Surfers
Surfing is not as easy as it looks. It isn’t something you’re likely to just “pick up,” but plenty of people have it on their bucket list. For some, the challenge in setting out to learn lies in not knowing whether or not you’re even going to be good at it. There can often even be a fear of failure. Here are some tips to ease those worries and hopefully get you up on your feet in no time.
- As surfing involves the ocean, you should be a strong swimmer and always be aware of the safety aspects of being in the surf.
- If you are not sure about a suitable surfing spot, ask the local lifesavers or surf shop for ideal locations and times to head out.
- Having the right equipment is essential to get the best out of the surf. Your board should suit your body and your ability. For example, start with a long board as they are easier to stand up on, paddle and ride. Wear a wetsuit if necessary to keep you in the water long enough to learn.
- The ocean environment is a relaxing place, but it can also be dangerous. You need to be able to identify the safe and dangerous spots. People getting caught in rips are the cause of most surf rescues. A rip is a strong current running out to sea.
- You need to know how to identify and avoid them.
- Check the beach and make sure you are not alone – take a friend.
- Watch the area before you go in to see the best place to paddle out.
- Watch other people to see how they are getting on out in the surf as their could be unforeseeable coral or rocks below.
Most of all have fun… Surfers enjoy the physical benefits of paddling and surfing, being in the fresh air, as well as the overall benefits of surfing, you soon will too!