Here we expore the best tips for learning to surf

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Did you always want to try surfing but were not sure that you would be any good at it? Or maybe were too afraid of failing? If that’s the case then you need not to worry, we have got your back. In this article we are going to share some tips for learning to surf. These tips are aimed at helping you attempt to start your surfing adventure. Make sure you do some work in the water along with following these tips. The reason is that nobody becomes great at something in the very first attempt. Just like any other sport surfing requires time and effort. If you will do hard work along with following these tips, you’ll be on your way to become a great surfer.

 

Don’t learn to surf all by yourself

surf lesson photo
Photo by Tim Green aka atoach

The very first among many tips for learning to surf is that never try to learn surfing alone. No matter how easy it looks, don’t make the mistake to approach it all by yourself. You need to have an experienced person with you all the times. Another good option is that you should go on a surf camp for beginners in order to avoid any injuries and even putting your life in danger.

 

Select A Good Teacher

If you are planning to learn surfing then you should do your homework. You need to find a good surfing teacher and make sure he has experience and some good reviews. Surfing is an art and you need a good teacher to learn this art. Your teacher might even inspire you to surf and make you fall in love with the sport. Selecting a good teacher is definitely among one of the most important tips for learning to surf.

Have Right Gear

foam surfboard photo
Photo by Chris Hunkeler

You need to have proper gear that includes a perfect size surfboard, a well fitted wetsuit etc. A wetsuit that is not of proper fitting will give a very uncomfortable experience to you. A suit that is too big for you will rub against your body and you would end up having nasty rashes or in the worst case, you might even bleed. It will also make very hard for you to paddle and stand up on your board.

 

Paddling Technique

surf paddling photo
Photo by Bill Selak

Paddling is the most important skill if you want to be a good surfer. If you can’t paddle then you will not be able to catch waves, and you’ll end up tired very quickly. Your paddling muscles will take time to get strong. Make sure you do a warm up before hitting the water. Try to paddle so that your hands reach far out in front of you and stay close to the rails of your surf board while digging down deep into the water with each stroke.

Bend at the Knees

When you are surfing it is very important that you bend your knees and not your back. If you are bending your knees and not your back, you will not only lose your balance easily but it is not a good look in surfing’s style book.

Stay Perpendicular to the Whitewater

While surfing, if a wave is breaking ahead of you, there are two options, either you can duck under it or race to paddle over. The choice is all yours but once the wave has broken, you need to stay perpendicular to the whitewater (the breaking wave). If you fail to do that, then you will be pulled under the wave and dragged to the shore. This is among one the most crucial tips for learning to surf.

Enjoy Yourself

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It doesn’t matter if you are beginner or a pro, if you are not having fun then it’s not worth it. So, no matter where you are, always enjoy the moment. Get in the water with your friends and have fun. So, these were some tips for learning to surf. We hope that you will follow them and become a great surfer.

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