Learning to Surf

Learning to surfAre you attracted by the idea of riding the waves? Then you must learn to surf. There is nothing more thrilling than this during the hot days of summer, allowing you to cool off and do something exciting at the beach. Still, you will need to learn the basic safety measures when surfing, together with the most elementary moves to do this, so having an expert around you, or trainer, is more than helpful. Once you get the hold of the moves, you will be able to practice on your own. Keep reading to find out what the best surfing board for a beginner is and how to best enjoy your surfing sessions.

The best board for a beginner is a long board, which is a board with sufficient width and length that will allow you to stand up with ease. The board should be chosen according to your size. So the taller you are, the bigger should the board be. It is recommended not to start with a short board, because it will take you much longer, plus plenty of work, to start surfing properly. If you wish to learn riding the waves fast, the long board is the best choice. You can opt between a fiberglass surfboard and foam surfboard, both of these soft boards being great for beginners, because they are affordable and resistant. Also, you may want to check out surf suits as well. They come in different thicknesses, depending on the water temperature in your area. You can either ask about what suit is right at your local surfing store, or you can ask the experienced surfers what they wear when surfing.

Safety is important when surfing, so you’d better learn to recognize a rip tide to avoid it. Rip tides can be very dangerous, so you shouldn’t surf in these conditions. During a rip tide, the waves are appearing like not breaking the rip, returning back to the sea. Also, if you see something floating on the water, during a rip tide that object will be rapidly pulled out to see without an effort. Do check the color of the water as well, because murky waters or greener waters are signs of a rip tide. And do some research about what you can do if you get caught by a rip tide you didn’t notice. These things could really save your life.

Besides the board and suit, you should also get a leash, as it will be connected to your ankle, allowing you to find the board and cling on it when you are knocked down. Before heading out on the sea, practice the basic moves on the ground first. Practice paddling and getting up on your feet, on the board, to make sure to got the moves right. Also, before starting your surfing session, make sure to pick the right spot. You may want to start with gentle waves, which will allow you to master your skills on getting onto the board. If you don’t know where to start, you may ask some experienced surfers where the best spots for beginners are, or search the Internet.

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