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Seven Essential Surfing Tips for Beginners

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Master the Waves in No Time! Welcome surfers! Are you just starting out and not sure where to begin? Fear not, surf enthusiast! We’ve crafted a guiding light for you through the mesmerizing yet daunting ocean waves. Here’s a beginner's guide with seven essential surfing tips that will have you riding the waves in no time.

1. **Swim!:** Before you get onto the surfboard, make sure you are a confident swimmer. Surfing is 90% paddling and only 10% riding the waves. Don't venture into the sea unless you are comfortable treading water, swimming in it, and battling the tides.

2. **Start with a Longboard**: Longboards are typically larger and more stable, making them the perfect choice for a beginner. They allow for easier balancing and catching more waves, accelerating your learning process. You hire one with us if you need.

3. **Learn about Wave Breaks and Tides**: Understand the characteristics of the surfing spot. Research what kind of break it is (beach, reef, or point break) and get familiar with the tides of the day. The Internet, surf guides, or local surfers can be excellent sources of this valuable information.

4. **Master Your Paddle**: You should know how to paddle effectively to catch a wave. Use your arms in a freestyle swimming (crawl) fashion. One arm at a time and kick with both legs. Remember to keep your position on the board right where the board is the flattest.

5. **Pop It, Don’t Push It**: We’re talking about the ‘Pop up’, the move from lying to standing on your board. It should be a fast, smooth motion, rather like a burpee. Avoid the temptation to ‘push up’ - it’s less steady, slower, and can cause the board to come off balance.

6. **Watch and Learn**: Spend time observing other surfers, both in real life and in videos. You can learn a lot - from identifying surf etiquettes to understanding wave timings. Following seasoned surfers’ movements and strategies can be highly beneficial.

7. **Practice Yields Perfection**: Remember, the key to surfing - like any other sport, is practice. Don’t get disheartened if you fall off the board or fail to catch a wave. Keep practicing, stay focused, and remember to enjoy the ride. The best way to ensure you keep practising is to make it accessible. You can check our surfboard storage memberships that allows you to store your board and access it anytime.

Surfing is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle that embodies freedom, excitement and a deep respect for nature. With these tips, you're ready to start your surfing journey. Welcome to the tribe, and remember the wise words of the great Duke Kahanamoku, “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”. Enjoy the ride!

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