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Beginner's Guide To Surfing

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So, you think you're ready to begin your surfing journey, and are keen to get to the beach with your surfboard? Are you ready to have a go at surfing Pipeline, the barrels of Kirra or huge Mavericks? Well hold on there, maybe not quite yet. Before you go any further you should first check a couple of things. A bit of reading and preparation now will save you a lot of time later. Here are the most useful sections on Surfing Waves to get your surfing career up and running.

Surfing for a Beginner

Gear to Start

It's important to get the right gear in order for your surfing to quickly progress. The main barrier to progress is starting on an unsuitable board. Make the right choice now and improve rapidly. Also learn about the other pieces of equipment like the surfboard leash, wax and surfboard fins.

Beginners gear

Beginners Lessons

We've a comprehensive guide for beginners which has information on the main things you'll need to master to become a competent surfer. Lessons include paddling, duck diving, catching a wave, positioning and more. This is the place to fine-tune your technique before you've got your feet wet.

Learn to surf

Etiquette

Surfing etiquette is a set of rules that should be observed while surfing. This guide will teach the apprentice ripper the right to surf a wave, not to drop in, not to snaking and other useful things that will keep you on the right side of more experienced surfers.

Surfing etiquette

How a New Surfer Can Prepare

If you are serious about surfing and want to be ready for that first session, find out what you need to know in the run up to arriving at the beach. The better you prepare, the more fun you will have: you'll be fit and ready, have the right gear and be at the right place. Go go go!

Prepare for surfing

Fitness for Novice Surfers

Surfing is a physically demanding sport. You need to be strong, flexible and have excellent endurance. The fitter you are, the longer you'll be able to surf for. The faster you can paddle, the more waves you'll get. We've got lots of articles, specifically for surfers, to help you get into shape.

Surf training

Help

There will always be specifics that may not be addressed in our articles, but help is at hand. We've got a great surf forum, with helpful members who will answer your starter questions and offer the benefit of years of surfing experience. You'll move from fledgling to full grown local hero before you know it.

Surf help

Things to consider:

The first thing to consider is how strong a swimmer you are, and how far you can swim. Paddling around in the sea is not the place to be if you are used to wearing a rubber ring to keep yourself afloat at the local swimming pool. As with all sports there is an element of risk, and the sea is much more unpredictable than a football pitch or tennis court. Even when you are a competent surfer, you should never paddle out farther than you can comfortably swim out to and back in without your surfboard.

10 Mistakes a Beginner Can Make

  1. Using a board that's too small
  2. Attempting to surf for the first time on waves that are too big
  3. Not preparing physically before starting out
  4. Not learning proper surfing etiquette
  5. Surfing without a friend or support
  6. Not learning how waves break beforehand
  7. Not applying enough surf wax
  8. Walking out through through breaking waves holding the board straight out in front.
  9. Not observing the local surf conditions, rips, rocks and other dangers
  10. Not reading our surf guides!!

Learning surfer slang will help you understand what the other surfers are talking about.

Starter's Summary

A good surfer will make paddling, carving and wave riding look effortless, but the reality is that there is a lot of physical work involved in paddling around, getting up on your board and doing maneuvers. (But lets not get ahead of ourselves!).

Safety should always be at the back of your mind. For example, you should never be surfing alone. You never know what might go wrong even on the smallest of waves, and it's good to have someone who can help you out should you get into trouble.

One final thing, like swimming you should never go surfing straight after a meal. Wait at least half an hour after eating before going for a surf. If you're up for a surf first thing in the morning you should wait until after for your breakfast.

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