How to Surf | 7 Tips beginners need to know to Start Surfing

surfing is one of the most difficult and

complex sports in the world

not one wave is the same so your

playground is constantly changing

elements such as wind tides and swell

are affecting the waves so you surf

differently every single day although

the process of learning to surf may take

some time it can be one of the most

pleasurable experiences of your life

there are seven steps to learn surfing

safely and efficiently


surfing the proper surfboard is so

important it can make the difference

between surfing 20 waves or zero waves

in your session it's not about having

the brand-new model it's mainly about

having the right volume and the right

rocker for you the volume is the

measurement of how much flotation your

board has it depends on the length the

width and the thickness of the surfboard

from its nose to its tail you want lots

of volume choose big surfboards either

long boards or foam boards boards at a

wide thick long and have flat rocker a

rocker is the banana shape of the

surfboard it has a great performance

advantages for experienced surfers for

beginners though the rocker will only

slow you down make sure you have a leash

it attaches you to your surfboard if


find a wetsuit for the water temperature

of the spots that you're going to surf

you might also need to wax your

surfboard if the top is slippery this

will help you stick to your surfboard

put the proper wax on there is wax for

cold water mild water and warm water

your surfboard should have fins under

the tail

this will provide direction to your

surfboard in the water without fins is

very hard to stay in control and give a

direction to your surfboard choosing the

proper surf spot is crucial for both

your safety and your enjoyment in the

water a common misconception is to think

that Beach breaks meaning spots with Sam

bottoms are better for beginners and

spots with rocks or coral reef bottoms

are better for more advanced surfers in

reality there are sandy beach breaks

that are better for advanced surfers

some reef breaks are too good for

beginners for example here is a beach

break in Bali

even though the bottoms made of sand

these are not good conditions to learn

on this is a reef break a few hours away

because the tide is high surfers don't

have to worry about hitting the reef

also because the spot doesn't pick up as

much swell waves are much smaller making

it perfect conditions to learn

if you want to know four-spot is good

for your level you must not only look up

the spot info but you also want the

daily wave conditions some spots can be

perfect to learn on some days and on

other day is when the swells - big waves

may only be suitable for experts at the

same spot there are many ways to find

out what the right surf spot is and what

conditions are right for you you can ask

any experienced friends visit the local

surf shop or look online on the web

sites like surf line calm or wanna surf

calm you want to find out about hazards

such as rocks rip currents localism and

the best tides to surf at doing some

research on the web is always good but

the best thing is to ask a knowledgeable

and experienced surfer that has been

surfing that area for a long time before

going to the beach you should learn some

basic security aspects of surfing here

are some of the most important ones

first of all you need to know how to

swim before trying to surf you can't

count on your surfboard as a floating

device if you are not comfortable to

swim without a surfboard in conditions

you see it a specific spot it's not a

good idea that you surf that spot one of

the most common cause of injuries are

people hitting their own surfboard if

possible when you wipeout jump as far

from your board and protect your head

try not to dive in headfirst especially

when you're surfing small waves in

shallow waters keep a good distance with

other surfers in the water another

common cause of injuries are collisions

between two surfers the impact zone is a

place where the lip of the wave hits the

flat water this is the moment when the

wave is it is most powerful stage on big

waves getting caught on the impact zone

can mean getting dragged fiercely down

to the bottom

beginners shouldn't be surfing in big

waves but it is always a good habit to

try and avoid the impact zone by

paddling either towards the whitewater

or towards the open shoulder of the wave

be careful not to get in the way of

surfers riding the wave

you might have to duck dive or turtle

roll in the white water to avoid this

situation although it's not always fun

to aim for the white water it's

sometimes necessary waves lose lots of

power with every second that passes

after they have broken going for the

white water is better than being right

on the impact zone and getting the lip

crashing on you one of the most easiest

ways to lose your air underwater is to


lots of beginner surfers think they get

stuck under the water for 15 seconds

although it may seem like a long time if

you're surfing proper beginner waves you

shouldn't get stuck under the water for

more than three or four seconds in case

of any emergency you should be able to

get your surf coach or a friend's

attention quickly and easily you should

discuss with your surf coach or an

experienced surf friend about this

signal so it is clearly understood

between you both one of the most

efficient signals is to cool your coach

was waving one arm in the air straight

to and fro above your head a rip current

is a powerful water current that runs

out of the beach perpendicular to the

shore the longest rip currents can

extend in length for a few hundred

meters but their width is rarely more

than 10 meters this means it's possible

to paddle out of a rip current in a

pretty short amount of time

never paddle against the rip current the

first instinct of many surfers to try

and paddle back to the shore when they

get caught in a rip current rip currents

move quickly even experienced surfers

often can't fight a strong rip current

if you are in a rip current don't panic

because rip currents are narrow and

because the strongest fastest part is in

the center the best way to get out of a

rip current quickly is to paddle

sideways parallel to the shore to make

paddling easier you can paddle in a

diagonal with a slight angle out to the

horizon once you get out of a current

you'll be able to paddle back for waves

and for the whitewater to help you get

back to shore with the limited effort

there are many rules to go by in surfing

don't paddle inside don't drop in don't

snake don't ditch your surfboard and so

on it may sound confusing when you're

new to the sport if you want to know


what's your surf etiquette video for the

top 9 rules you need to know look for

the link in the description below here

are some of the most important rules for

your first day of surfing the surfer

with the longest potential ride has a

priority for the wave here surfer a who

is closest to the peak the first

breaking part of the wave has the


surfer B stops paddling to make sure he

doesn't drop in on surfers a wave in

this situation surfer a can't ride the

wave the way he wants to

because surfer B just dropped in on his

wave drop-ins can cause collisions

frustrations and injuries as you paddle

out to go catch some waves you must do

your best not to get another surfers way

don't paddle where most waves are

crashing where the majority of surfers

are riding instead try to avoid other

surfers trajectory when paddling back

when a wall of whitewater comes to you

it can be tempting to throw your board

away and dive underneath don't ditch

your board it could injure another

surfer paddling behind you to pass the

break while stay in control of your

board learn to either push through the


or turtle Rob more information about

these techniques at point number 6 of

this video

surf spots can have many hazards like

strong currents or sharp rocks it's a

good idea to do a proper spot check once

you get to the beach don't just go

straight into the water without paying

attention to the potential hazards one

of the things beginners struggle the

most with is to stay in control of their

big surfboards in the water as you walk

out into the ocean

hold the surfboard by its nose and keep

it perpendicular to the waves this will

prevent your surfboard from bouncing

back at you when the waves come towards

you the best way to stay in control of

your surfboard is to learn the

push-through technique and the turtle

roll technique this means you'll be able

to either roll upside-down while the

white water passes over you or you

paddle straight towards the wave grab

your board and pass right through it if

you want to learn how to turtle roll and

how to push through check out our

description below we've put links in for

you to learn about both of these

techniques during your first few days of

surfing your focus will mostly probably

on improving your paddling and pop up

techniques although paddling can seem

simple there are some crucial elements

to understand that will increase your

performance learning more about elements

such as limiting drag body positioning

and maximizing propulsion could strongly

increase the number of waves you catch

once you learn the proper paddling

technique your next focus will be to

practice your pop-up on small waves or

whitewater waves the good thing about

practicing takeoffs is that you can

practice at home it's always great to

practice popups on the beach right

before you go into the water so it feels

more natural and automatic to you if you

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