Surfing is not something you wake up and start doing, but it’s definitely on the bucket list of so many people. The feel for the water, the feeling of giving up your body weight on the surfboard, the sexy tan and let’s not forget the fun of bringing it in a conversation “Oh, yeah, I couldn’t pick up the phone. I was surfing a huge wave” … I mean come on! Isn’t this the sexiest excuse to not pick up a phone call?
The problem is, like any sport, it also takes time, patience and basic physical coordination to learn how to do it. If you’re newly smitten with the idea of surfing, what board should you purchase, what clothes should you wear.
Do you want to ride some waves? Here are some tips for you:
Tip #1: Don’t Learn by Yourself – Pick a good teacher
If you decide to take some surf lessons, research the teacher in advance. Make sure they are experienced and have good reviews. Sometimes, a good teacher won’t just teach you how to surf, but they’ll inspire you and help you love surfing.
Tip #2: Choose the right surfboard
And by the right surfboard, I mean a BIG surfboard. A large board will definitely help you better and you’ll catch a lot more waves in the early stages.
Tip #3: PADDLE, PADDLE, AND PADDLE SOME MORE
Always paddle: one arm and then the other, alternatively. This will provide you with a constant speed so you can catch that wave.
Tip #4: Spend some time on your surfboard in the water
The first time you try this you may be quite unsteady. The key to doing this well is being calm or trying to be still. The less movement you make the easier you will find it is to do this.
Tip #5: Stand on Your Surfboard
This is something you have been doing all your life. Lie on your chest, your head up, looking ahead. Put your hands on the board beside your shoulders palms down like you were going to do a push-up. Push your upper body up; at the same time, sweep your feet under you, laying them on the stringer (the line down the middle of the board) so your weight is centered along the stringer.
Practice this for hours. Have someone watch you and have them critique your performance.
Tip #6: HAVE FUN!
Just remember, no matter what you do and where you are, if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it.
If you are tired, bored or you simply aren’t feeling the surf session anymore, stop what you’re doing, head to the shore and relax. You can always pick up where you left off the next day. No use in pushing yourself when you’re just starting off.
Because if it’s not for fun then what’s the point?