Top Tips for New Surfers
Not only is surfing one of the most enjoyable water sports on offer, it’s also a great way to keep active, spend time with friends and experience nature at its very best. However, when it comes to learning this blood-pumping water sport, many are put off by the prospect of not being able to master it instantly. While, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, or in this case, persevere, these top tips are sure to put you on the path to surfing success:
1. Surf with Others
As with kitesurfing, we highly recommend that, when embarking on your quest to learn to surf, you do not do it alone. This is for several reasons; firstly, having someone around to show you the ropes, whether that be a teacher or an experienced friend, will help you master the water sport quicker, which is ultimately what you want. Secondly, while you may want to avoid the embarrassment of falling off of your surfboard (trust us, it will happen), a quick fall can lead to injury or cause you to get into bother with strong tides. As such, it is always better to surf with someone to avoid getting into a situation that could become difficult or even life-threatening.
2. Invest in a Soft-Top Board
While more experienced surfers are rarely subject to being hit by their surfboards, for beginners, the likelihood of being whacked is far higher. Consequently, investing in a soft-top surfboard is a great idea when you’re starting out as not only will you spend a lot of time sitting on your board while learning, but if you do come into contact with it (which you inevitably will), the force will be far less than that of an epoxy alternative.
3. Research Your Teacher
Lessons are a sure way to learn any water sport, so you should certainly consider taking some for surfing, especially if you don’t know anyone who is experienced enough to teach you. However, before you commit, make sure you do some research in advance to ensure you pick the best school/teacher for you. While solid experience and good reviews are essential, a positive and understanding attitude is also important, especially seeing as learning can sometimes be a lengthy process. A good teacher will also inspire you not just to learn, but to really enjoy surfing too!
4. Practice on Dry Land
While you’ll no doubt feel the temptation to dive straight into the water, try and resist the urge and spend some time on dry land first to practice your surf skills and do some stretches. Popping up is best mastered on the beach beforehand; although it may scream beginner, taking a few moments to practice this by laying your board flat on the beach and creating a few small holes for your fins to prevent them from snapping off will undoubtedly help you once you are out on the waves!
5. Stick to Smaller Waves
When learning to surf, it is crucial to pick a beach that is known for smaller and steadier waves as this will help you master the water sport far quicker whilst ensuring your safety. Additionally, even if there are some slightly bigger waves that you feel you could take on, always stick to the smaller ones until your teacher – whoever that may be – confirms you are ready for the big dogs. Tackling larger waves without the knowledge or experience to do so is incredibly risky, so just bide your time. Trust us, you’ll be riding those monster waves sooner than you think!
6. Bend Your Knees
When that golden opportunity to catch a wave arises, it is crucial that you bend your knees instead of your back while you are surfing. This will help you to retain your balance and absorb the wave’s energy rather than fight it. Curving your back, on the other hand, will serve to knock you off kilter, plus, in the surfing style book, a bent back and rigid knees is not a good look!
7. Enjoy Yourself
Learning to surf can be a long and, at times, testing process. However, as long as you are enjoying yourself, it will undoubtedly be worth it in the end! Of course, there will be times when you will have had enough of falling off your board, paddling out to sea and generally feeling exhausted. But here at F-One Kites, we can attest that everyone has to start somewhere and with a good amount of effort and determination, you will be up on your board and shredding those waves in no time at all!
Whether you’re searching for surfboards, surf kites or kitesurfing boards, we can provide an extensive selection of high-quality equipment for a range of water sports, so why not browse our website today? Alternatively, visit our blog to discover the best family surf destinations to visit once you have mastered this epic water sport!