A safe and enjoyable way to remain involved while enjoying the outdoors, surfing is as common as ever.
If you are just starting out, you do not need to peel waves perfectly; aim for long rows of knee-high white water flowing into the beach. Hold your emotions in control, and do not be scared to go where the newbies are surfing. The trick is to locate a spot that is not too busy, where you can catch a lot of waves and learn the art of paddling waves and popping up.
You can check online for the best beginner surf spots in your region, or see where the local surf schools are doing their lessons. Keep away from popular spots—they are crowded, they are not welcome to newcomers, and they do not typically provide the greatest conditions for newbies.
How to surf?
The first time you start, get yourself on a large board if you are in doubt check out this detailed article about asymmetrical surfboards. We have seen too many rookies on brand-new, pricey shortboards that are super awesome but lack the scale and duration for the rider to catch enough waves to actually develop their skills. There is no shame beginning on a 10-foot soft-top longboard that is easy to paddle and stable to ride. While doing this you are going to get a lot of experience learning to read the ocean and popping up with ease. And if you are more professional, you will get your first serious board. Now you got winter wetsuits ready and a surfboard, read on for some surfing tips.
Below, we have mentioned 10 tips for inexperienced surfers that should get you started on the right track and hopefully on to a lifetime of fun.
Get your soft-top surfboard
There is a reason these “Wavestorm” surfboards are the best-selling surfboards in the world—they are a lot of fun and a perfect entry-level board. When you learn, the board will eventually reach you. But do not worry—your body would be able to handle the violence with a fluffy top.
Surfing with a few people around
You may want to take on the most famous spots in your town, but the most popular spots are frequented by surfers who have been there for years and are going to get the best waves. Begin anywhere off the beaten path that is not crowded—you are going to get more waves and as a result, get stronger, quicker.
Practice the pop-up
It could look boring, but take a few minutes to function on the beach to show up on your board. Lay your board in the sand (dig a little space for your fins to rest in, so they do not break) and lie down on it.
The trick to standing on a wave is a fast and fluid pop-up—think of it as a real quick, but managed, push-up. Perfect the motion on the sand, because it is going to be even smoother for you while you are in the surf.
Shuffle your thighs
This may not have anything to do with the actual wave trip, so if you shuffle your feet when going in and out of the ocean, the odds of being struck by a stingray are greatly diminished.
Ask anyone The agony of a stingray barb that is passing into your foot is enough to make a grown man cry—and certainly enough to cut your surf session short.
Select the lovely place while paddling
You have always seen inexperienced surfers paddling so far back on their decks, rendering it a wheelie and sluggish. In the other hand, certain newcomers paddle too much on their decks, letting their nose peek underwater.
What you need to do is locate the perfect spot in the centre, mark it with a piece of wax and make sure you paddle in that place.
Stay perpendicular to the whitewash.
This is one that my dad told me years earlier, and it is still real. Think about it if you and your board get hit horizontally by a boat, you are going to be clobbered and forced to the shore.
Instead a knife through a whitewash when you paddling off, taking it straight on and with your body nice and low to your board.
Remove the extra paddle
This is a tip that should be extended to surfers of all stages. If you are paddling towards a wave and know the force of it is beginning to carry you towards it, take a harder paddle. The additional momentum is going to make things so you are not trapped at the peak of the wave, allowing the drop even smoother.
Bend your legs
When you get on your feet on a surge, make sure to bend your knees instead of leaning your legs. You get a much stronger posture with the knees bent to catch the force of the wave. Plus, the back twisted and the knees straight is a poor style.
Flop to your side
Let us face it—you are going to slip down. And when you do so, the only way not to harm yourself is to collapse flat and sweet. Never dive off your board first; attempt on flop to your side or back. And falling off your foot first can be risky owing to the slippery existence of the seafloor.
If you break the surface after you fell, place your arms and hands in front of your face and above your head—you never know if your board is going to come back to you.
This is by far the most critical tip for any inexperienced surfer (and the key explanation why we do it). You are going to wipe out, get in the path of others and basically cook out while you learn to surf. But that is all right—everybody had to start somewhere!
There is a phrase in the surf community that goes like this The strongest surfer in the ocean is the one who is having the most fun! ”
Soak up the words of advice, get out there and have some fun!