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Have you ever wanted to start surfing, but didn’t know where to begin? We understand that learning how to surf can be daunting, which is why we’ve put together this beginner’s guide so you can learn the right way.
Choose the Right Board and Equipment
Beginning surfers often make the mistake of buying a shortboard first, when in fact these boards do not have the volume or length for a new surfer to catch enough waves to actually improve their skills. Instead, get a longboard between 9-10 feet. These are easier to paddle on and stand on, making it easier for you to be catching waves and popping up like a pro in no time. Once you’ve improved your basic skills, you can get your first serious board. When picking out your first board, you’ll also want to pick up an ankle leash, some surf wax, and (depending on the climate) a wetsuit.
Choose the Right Waves
Choosing the right location to learn how to surf can be difficult. When you first start out, you’ll want to avoid popular spots because they’re typically crowded. We recommend staying clear of these crowded spots to avoid putting yourself and others in harm’s way while you are learning. Once you’ve found a quieter location, find a stretch of ocean where the waves break over semi-shallow water (waist-deep to chest-deep). Here you can catch plenty of waves to practice paddling and standing up.
Learning Surf Etiquette
Learning to surf can be intimidating to some because of the reputation local surfers often have for being unforgiving to beginners, but as long as you follow the rules of the water you’ll have no problems. Surfing is somewhat unique in that waves are limited, which means every wave you catch is a wave someone else in the lineup can’t catch. Be mindful of who else is looking to catch the next wave, and if someone beats you to it, don’t drop in and cut them off. Maneuvers like that will land you on the @kook_of_the_day Instagram.
Don’t be this guy:
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