If you are planning your first surf trip, you are no doubt feeling excited and nervous about the whole experience. There is no need to fret: half of the fun is falling off your surfboard and getting back on again. It’s what the experience is all about! Despite this, it is a good idea to prepare and get some practice in. So, let’s take a look at some top tips for surfing beginners…
Have fun – There is only one place to start, and this is with having fun. A lot of people end up getting so consumed in the surfing and where they are going wrong, they forget about the reason they booked a surf trip in the first place: to have fun. After all, if you are not having fun, it is not worth it! There is a great quote: “The best surfer out there is the one that is having fun.”
Bend at the knees – One thing that most beginners forget to do is one of the most basic elements of surfing: bending at the knees. Don’t bend your back! If you do this, you are going to lose your balance, and you will end up falling in the water every time.
You will need to practice paddling too – Paddling may be the most basic part of surfing, but it isn’t easy. A lot of people are shocked to find that they struggle to paddle when they go away on their first surfing trip. The key to paddling is to find the right rhythm and keep it. This can be draining the first few times, which is why it is a good idea to spend some time getting into shape before you go on holiday.
Pace yourself – It can be very difficult to pace yourself when you are excited, but it is vital to do so. You can risk injury if you do not pace yourself properly.
Spend some time on dry land first – This leads on from the former point: don’t rush straight into the water. Do your stretching on the beach. Take a moment to watch the waves, and check your board and your leash. Watch the other surfers to see what they are doing too.
Surf a beginner’s wave – The final tip is to make sure you choose a beach that is suitable for a beginner surfer. This is vital to your surfing success. The whole learning process will be a lot smoother if you select a beach that is known for having good, steady waves.
If you follow the advice that has been mentioned above, you will feel much more confident about surfing for the first time. From bending at the knees to getting into the right rhythm when paddling, there is a lot that needs to be taken into account. Nevertheless, as stated, the most important factor is always to have fun! That is what you are going for, right?