|Introduction : -
People interested in learning to surf will find a basic introduction here. The information is focussed on those who are new to surfing, where and how to start surfing, what equipment is needed, and more. Navigation in this Learn to Surf section is simple, If you can´t find something, or need further information please contact us.
Why Surf? : -
Ask anyone why they surf and you will receive many individual answers. To some it is their entire life, to others it is something to do when they have a week in the sun every year. To many, it is simply because there is nothing else like it. It is one of the few sports that uses only the power of nature, pure and natural. It is great fun, and that is the bottom line.
How to start : -
The best way to start surfing, is to get started. The greatest fun can be had from the smallest of wipe-outs. How to start is different for everyone. Most common probably, is going surfing with friends. It´s not important if they can surf, it is about having fun. Surf schools are an excellent option, they usually provide the equipment required, and you start off by learning good habits, under instruction. Progress is generally rapid. Use our Surf Schools Directory or an internet search engine to find a convenient surf school.
Equipment : -
It is not wise to get all the gear required before you actually find out if you like surfing or not. There is some cost in getting yourself fitted out for full time surfing. Check out the Choose a Board, Choose a Wetsuit, and Choose Accessories sections for more information on these equipment requirements.
Begining to Surf : -
Before learning to surf, you must be able to swim. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. Surfboards are built to ride waves, or occasionally to catch waves. In neither case are they built to be a lifesaving device. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not endanger your own life, or the lives of others who may have to come to your rescue, should you be forced to swim.
Before begining to surf you should be able to swim at least 100 metres without stopping. Once you have learned to catch and ride small waves (say up to 1 metre high) then make sure you can swim 500 metres without stopping. If you want to ride 2 metre waves and bigger then be sure you can swim at least 1,000 metres without stopping, and are able to swim at least 25 metres underwater.
Excercise for Surfing : -
You can´t beat swimming as preparation for surfing. Swimming exercises many of the muscles you use to paddle a surfboard, it improves your aerobic fitness, and increases your water confidence. Watch the faces of your non-swimming friends as you paddle past them to catch your second wave, while they are still paddling out to catch their first!
Pre-Surf Warm-up and Stretching :-
Pre-surf warm up and stretching is important. If you wish to surf regularly and be ready for the waves, make sure you do not sustain unnecessary injury. Without going into detail here, ensure that you stretch all the main muscle groups and that you do not enter the water cold.
Some Surfing Do´s And Dont´s : -
Alcohol ; - Save drinking for after surf bragging sessions.
Be Aware ; - of other surfers & water users, the surf conditions, & where you are surfing.
Comfort Zone ; - Surf in waves you are comfortable in, don´t get in over your head.
Fitness ; - Make sure you are physically fit when surfing.
Food ; - Do not go surfing for at least 45 mins after a meal.
Fun ; - Surfing is about fun, keep that in mind when you are in the waves.
Patrolled Beaches ; - When surfing a patrolled beach stay within the designated area.
Priority ; - Always make sure that you are not taking anyone else´s wave.
Practice ; - If you want to improve, be in the water as often as possible.
Respect ; - the locals if you visit a beach. Remember that you are a guest.
Rips ; - If you get caught in a rip, paddle parallel to the beach until you are free
Sun Block ; - Wear a good waterproof sunblock.
Surf Buddy ; - Always surf with at least one other person.
Surf Conditions ; - Make sure the surf is safe. Check it out while warming up.
Throw or Hold ; - Know when to hold onto your surfboard & when to get rid of it.
(When paddling out keep hold of your board, you´ll get out to the line up more quickly, and not put anyone paddling out behind you at risk. If you are about to wipe-out then get rid of your board. An injury is more likely to be sustained if you and your board are getting washed around together). Surfersvillage partners provide more info on Surfing-Waves
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