Surfing can be one of the most exhilarating water sports you can ever experience. There is something about the freedom of riding the waves that can you take over your life. It’s easy to see why people can become obsessed with surfing. It’s not surprising that many people would like to learn how to surf but are too fearful to give it a go. It’s not as scary as some might think. Here is a simple guide to learning to surf. You will be doing it like a pro in no time.
Choose the right surfboard and wetsuit.
It’s essential that you have the right tools. The sea can be a dangerous place so it’s best to take every precaution. It’s advisable not to learn on a smaller board and just to stick with the perfect surfboard size for you.
The same goes when picking out wetsuits. These need to fit correctly and be comfortable. At first, you will be in and out of the water a lot. Being uncomfortable when doing that could put you off pursuing learning to surf.
Get a professional instructor.
These guys know their stuff so utilise their expertise. They will be able to offer you a lot of tips and advice. On land and in the sea. They will discuss things like how to stay safe in the water, and what to do if you fall in. They will be able to take the fear out of the experience and make it much more enjoyable.
Know the best place to start.
There is no point heading to a surfers paradise where the waves and current are too strong for a beginner. It is enough to put anyone off. Speak to an instructor who will know some of the best spots for you to learn the essential skills. As you practise, you will become more confident on your board.
Watch others as often as you can.
You will learn a lot by just being observant. Watching professional surfers in the lineup will give you a boost of confidence. By watching how they sit in the line, you will be able to determine how best to do this yourself. Practise will always make perfect but it’s also good to be a keen observer to. You could also watch many YouTube videos and DVD’s on others surfing.
Read up as much as you can.
You can get a lot out of being observant and watching other people. But you can get just as much out of a book. Reading also gives you the time for the knowledge to sink in.
Watch yourself back.
Finally, enlist the help of a friend to stand onshore and video you surfing and doing your thing. This would be a fantastic aid for you to improve. You will be able to see if and where you are going wrong. You will also be able to see what techniques need improving and what you have mastered.
It won’t happen on the first try unless you are super talented. But with a little perseverance and practise. You will be able to master the art of surfing and have an absolute blast doing it.