Learn to surf like a pro
Surfing is a great sport for those who love water sports and can be enjoyable even for beginners. It is a fun activity to embark on while enjoying nature and sceneries on the beach. However, it takes some learning to be able to surf with ease and safely. Find out our top tips to have you surfing like a pro in no time!
We’ve come up with a surfing guide for beginners to help you understand the basics of surfing and eventually catch your first wave. The guide covers everything from prior preparation to what you should do to catch yourself a wave.
Get a Beginner’s Surfboard – Various types of surfboards are made to maneuver the different sizes of waves on the ocean. For a beginner, you will need a long and thick surfboard to give you better buoyancy, stability and make it easy to catch waves with little effort.
Select the Best Beach for You to Learn How to Surf – Different beaches offer different surfing experiences. Therefore, you need to choose the best beach for you to learn from. While choosing a beach, consider: the usual crowd at the beach, water conditions and size of waves. A beach with big waves is ideal for pro surfers.
Get the Right Surfing Apparel – Get all the apparel and accessories you need for a safe and comfortable surfing experience. Some apparel for surfing include; swimsuits, board shorts for men and bikinis and tankinis for women.
The accessories you will need are rash guards to protect you from getting rashes and sunscreen for protection from UV radiation.
Learn How To Read A Surf Report – If you want to enjoy surfing, you must get to the ocean when the conditions of tide, wind and wave height are desirable for beginner surfing. Therefore, learn how to read a surfing report often indicating the nature of all these conditions and more.
Learn the Surfing Rules and Etiquette – With knowledge of surfing rules and etiquette, you’re bound to get the best experience out in the waters. It can also help you avoid conflict with other surfers. Be patient with the waves and prioritize them as required. Don’t take someone else’s wave.
With patience, you will enjoy your waves more. Surf in your comfort zone. Secure your surfboard with leash to avoid causing harm to other surfers in case it flies off. Also make sure you stay out of the way of other surfers.
Practice before Surfing
After preparing yourself for surfing as indicated above, it is time to start learning the basics of the water sport and practicing them. With practice, you’ll be able to perform more naturally while in water. The first thing you need to learn is how to pop up from the board.
Place your board on the beach and lay on it to learn how to pop up. Put your hands on the board and assume a push up position. Push your body up so your feet land on the deck with the front foot forward. For most surfers, the left foot is the front foot. The other foot should face sideways.
Ensure your feet hold firmly on the deck of the surfboard. Practicing to pop up from the board will also help you identify your front foot, making it easy for you to surf when in water.
Get Ready to Surf
After you have done all the prior preparations and learned how to pop up, it is time to head to the water. Here are some things to do before you head out to the water:
- Do some stretches to loosen up a bit. Surfing is a physically demanding sport and some level of fitness is required to give you a good experience.
- Scan the beach before heading out. This will help you identify a spot you will head out to, how far you need to paddle, the nature of the waves and the crowd at the beach.
- Ensure your surfboard is properly waxed so you get the required traction. You can also use traction pads for enhanced grip.
- Fasten the leash to the board and to your back foot to prevent it from slipping away and hitting other surfers.
Head to the Water
It is now time to head to the water. Carry your surfboard in your arm and head out to the spot you have identified. Walk in the water until about waist high and then throw your surfboard on the water and climb on it. Lie on the surfboard flat on your stomach and paddle using your arms to the area where you see white water.
Keep your feet from the water. Ensure you are properly balanced on the surfboard. Position yourself centrally on the board so its nose doesn’t sink in water nor a large portion of it remains flying above the water. It can throw you off balance.
Try to Maneuver the Board
While still lying flat on the board, try to control it to get a feel of how it performs. Move from one rail of the board to the other and feel how the board moves. The technique can help you perform better when you stand on the board.
Catch a Wave
Catch your first wave while still lying on the board and ride it all the way to the beach. Ensure you do not catch the big waves for now until you have gained enough skill. Test the performance of the board while riding the wave.
After you have had a feel of how to ride a wave and control the board while lying down, it is time to do so while standing up. Start from the beach again and paddle towards the ocean to the waves. When you are near the waves, turn your surfboard towards the beach and start paddling for the wave to catch up with you.
When the board starts gliding on the wave, place your hands on it and do the pop up you practiced earlier. When you stand on the deck, ensure your feet are firmly secured. Also, you should not stand completely straight, but with a crouched stance for balance and easy maneuverability. And that’s how you surf.
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