8 Tips For Beginner Surfers
Learning to surf is one of the most exhilarating and exciting hobbies you can take part in. Whether you are looking to start surfing on your next holiday or as a hobby at your local beach, sometimes it can be tricky to know how to get started. But never fear! The team at the Wetsuit Centre have some great tips to help you get started on your surfing journey.
1. Don't Go It Alone
It might seem obvious, but surfing is a sport that needs a lot of specialist equipment and comes with some risks - after all, you're going to be surfing in the sea! Make sure, to begin with, a class where an instructor with plenty of experience can get you started.
2. Try To Get Your Fitness Up
Before you get on a surfboard, it's good to feel as strong and fit as possible. Start adding some extra cardio and strengthening exercises into your fitness regime to make your first time surfing as fun as possible.
3. Always Warm Up
It's best to always warm up before you start surfing. This will reduce the chances of injuries, such as pulled muscles, and make sure your muscles are warm and ready to go. Increasing your heart rate will help with oxygenating your blood and make sure you stay warm when you get into the chilly water. You will also have more energy for what is going to be a really great workout.
4. Start On The Sand
Before you get out to sea, you need to practise getting your footing on the board. Start with balancing on the board and practising jumping up while still on the sand so that you can get your technique and form down, before trying it out on the surf.
5. Be Aware Of The Sea
The sea is an amazing, beautiful thing but it can also be dangerous. Pay attention to weather conditions and any advice from local lifeguards before heading out. Starting with a class is the best way to be certain you are surfing in the right place and at the right time as your instructor will be aware of local advice and changes in the weather and tide.
6. Use The Right Equipment
Your board and your wetsuit are both essential pieces of equipment, no matter whether you are a complete newbie or an expert. A great wetsuit will keep you warm and protected while the right board will give you the best chance of staying up long enough to catch those waves!
7. Listen To Your Body
Don't be embarrassed to take a step back. Surfing is an amazing workout and when getting started, you might tire more easily than you expect. You are working with the waves, the chilly water and trying to stay up on your board. So, if you need a break, take it!
Surfing is one of the most exciting and fun forms of exercise out there. So enjoy every moment, stay safe and soon enough you'll have a new hobby that you can't get enough of.