Surfing isn’t something you’re likely to just “pick up,” but plenty of people have it on their
bucket list. For some, the challenge in setting out to learn lies in not knowing whether or not you’re even going to be good at it. Here are 8 tips for beginner surfers, aimed at helping you attempt to start the adventure.
Don't learn by yourself
Pick a good teacher who has experience in surfing.
Using a large board will help you develop better fundamental mechanics and you’ll catch a lot more waves in the early stages.
Learn to surf on a beach known for good, steady waves and the whole learning process will be smoother.
Spend some time on the beach and do your stretching. Check your leash, you board and also take a moment to watch the waves.
Paddling is another thing you will need to practice until you get it right. The key is to find a rhythm and to keep it.
When you’re on the wave, it is imperative that you bend your knees and not your back.
When a breaking wave is ahead of you you can either duck under it or race to paddle over. No matter which you choose, once the wave has broken you need to stay perpendicular to the whitewater.