Learn to Surf

Learning to surf can often be a frustrating experience. To assist you in getting the most from your time in the water we have put together a few pages to help you get on your way.


Itís perfectly acceptable and highly recommended to take surfing lessons when youíre just beginning. You might think surfing is straight forward and that you will have the natural ability to pick it up right away, but the reality is that surfing is a very difficult sport when you first start out and there are loads of little tips that you can gain only from a surf instructing professional.


Surf lessons can be private or in groups and usually last for about an hour. It is likely that you will be given a foam board that is nearly 10 feet long and very lightweight for your first lesson. These types of boards give maximum float and are easy to paddle. Most surf schools ensure that you will stand up on a wave. If you donít, you can usually return for another lesson for free until you nail it. It might seem unnecessary and uncool, but a beginning surf lesson will likely accelerate your surfing ability more than the trial and error of learning on your own. If you go it alone, your learning curve will likely be slower, more painful, and can even be dangerous.


Another thing to keep in mind is that friends who are good surfers, are not nessacarily good surf instructors. Some of your friends may have been surfing for years, but if you ask them to help you learn, they could end up teaching you incorrect techniques. You and your experienced surfing friends might paddle out together, but your friends might leave you treading water at the lineup while theyíre catching all the waves.

Thatís why you are much better off parcelling out the $50 or so for a first lesson. Surf instructors get paid to answer questions and help you onto a wave. Their primary goal is for you to have a ball while riding your first wave. To take full advantage of the time you have with your instructor, it is wise to prepare a list of questions you can ask. Thereís no limit to the ridiculous or stupid questions you can ask a surf instructor.


Surf instructors make sure they take their pupils to beginner surf breaks that are usually a bit crowded. This can be a most mortifying experience, but you will be among others who are in the same boat as you. One thing is for sure: Wherever it is you go with your teacher, he or she wonít paddle you out to a break that you canít manage, so you know you will be safe and taken care of. For this reason, surf lessons guarantee that you will paddle back out another day wanting more. Goodness knows you donít want to be in over your head or get injured and be too frightened to try the sport again. So begin off on the right foot by taking one surf lesson. Once you get that initial lesson out of the way, youíll feel far more confident going it alone thenceforth. 

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