Beginner's Guide To Surfing20 comments
So, you think you're ready to go for a surf, 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.
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.
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.
Surfing etiquette is a set of rules that should be observed while surfing. This guide will teach you who has 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.
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!
Fitness for surfing
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.
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 question and offer the benefit of years of surfing experience.
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.
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.
on Aug 23, 2011
|This website helps alot I just hope I can get in good enough shape to begin|
on Aug 23, 2011
|We're adding to the surf training section all the time, so check back regularly for additional exercises.|
on Oct 18, 2011
|Tried my hand at surfing last week for the first time ever. I am 30..... Too late? Anywhoo - I enjoyed alot. Basically watched what the other okes are doing at Jeffreys Bay - Dolphin beach and got to stand up on the board a few times. Just need more time in the water and preparing by getting fit and visualizing it while not at the coast is the order of the day till december.|
Thanks for the guides I think its gonna help A LOT.
on Oct 18, 2011
|Hi Bruce, thanks for the feedback. Don't worry, you're not to old - check out a recent post on the forum about starting to surf later in life. 30, you're a spring chicken!|
on Oct 25, 2011
|You cant be serious about that part where it says: "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." |
Hahaha i have never read a more rediculous thing. Why wouldnt you do that? I mean seriously, it were 100 years ago you thought that it was dangerous to swim after eating. There is no risks at all to do so, or am I wrong? If im wrong, please show me facts that says so.
on Nov 1, 2011
|Yeah I know that if you go swimming right after a meal, there's a good chance you'll throw up. never happened to me but I guess it's true.. probably the same for surfing..|
lots of thanks for this article by the way! great beginners guide!! very amped to go surfing! it may take a while but I don't care i need to surf haha thanks again
on Nov 8, 2011
|A good way to practice surfing and board riding skills anytime is with the Holoholo balance board. Check it out at http://www.holoholo/tv|
on Nov 18, 2011
on Nov 19, 2011
|I loved this surfing guide! I once surfed for aching called : Project Surf Camp and they had surfboards that had padding. I've been dying to surf so much and finally my parents said that their going to buy me a surfboard next week! Any recamendations for surfboards for beginners? ( by the way the THANKS FOR THE GUIDE!!!!!!!!!! )|
on Nov 21, 2011
|don't forget to get yourself a decent rash guard|
on Nov 25, 2011
|Actually the reason you shouldn't go surfing after a meal is that digesting food causes you to release/produce chemicals that are associated with cramping.... On dryland its one thing but if you get a full body crap in the water and your surfing big waves, especially over a reef or close to rocky crops then your screwed!|
on Dec 5, 2011
|I'm 12 yrs old growing up in Labelle MO. with no beaches. I'm drawn to the water and i can't have all of it in the summer and none of it in winter I hate it and i want to surf and move to Hawaii.|
on Dec 17, 2011
|i am teaching my friend how to surf|
on Aug 8, 2012
|I'm 13 and my dream is to move to Cali after I graduate college and learn to surf. I know my parents aren't moving to Cali anytime soon so I have to wait until after College. I live in North Carolina and the closest beach to me is Mrytle and their waves are too dead. But I know my dreams will come true.|
on Aug 8, 2012
|I live in wales, so that's not a good place to learn how to surf.. What inspired me to come here is the film 'soul surfer' you guys should check it out! Its very inspiring..i will surf one day, every holiday we go to Swansea and I surf all the time there, I Duno if Im good but I love to do it:) I hope I become a professional surfer one day:)|
on Jan 29, 2013
|hey how do you wax your board ? xx|
on Feb 11, 2013
|@kasper noone swam 100 years ago, and if the rare few did it sure as hell wasn't anything like modern day surfing. btw they say don't swim directly after eating because it can cause cramps. all the blood is in your stomach so you can cramp up really bad, idk if you've felt a bad cramp before but it is hell and can make paddling in really suck.|
on Feb 11, 2013
|@guest from january 29 buy some sex wax for the water temperature you are going to be surfing in and rub the wax on your board in a circular motion around where your feet are going to be.|
on Feb 11, 2013
|i hope this woorks because im going on a trip this summer so if this does woke thin i will keep useing this|
on Apr 17, 2013
|ya i love surfing i have don it for 3 years i am only 14 but i love it got 3 boards and loving it|