Saturday, 13 March 2010

Surfing 101

The summer days are approaching, and maybe you're thinking about learning how to surf to get out there in the water. Surfing is a popular and fun activity to enjoy the warm, long days of summer, but it can be a little intimidating if you don't know the first thing about it. The local surfers out on the waves can lose their patience with newbies who don't know the rules and big surfing no-no's. And how do you know which board to use? Of course, you don't want to spend hundreds on a brand new surfboard and equipment only to find out that you don't really like surfing. There are ways to save yourself embarrassment, money, and expedite your learning time if you follow these easy steps.

One of the best ways to jump into surfing and get your feet wet is to sign up at a local surfing school close to where you live. There are many things to learn starting out, like terminology, safety precautions and surfing etiquette. You can learn the rules, so that you don't steal (snake) someone else's wave, or do anything else that's a big surfing no-no. These things are important not only for your learning and safety, but also so that you don't get seventy-sixed from the good surfing spots by the other surfers for snaking their rides or being a rude surfer.

Usually, surfing schools will provide the surfboard for your lesson, so you won't need to buy a surfboard right away. It's a great way to "test out" surfing, and make sure it's an activity you would like to pursue before you put a lot of money into it. At a surf school, you will start out on a "foamie", or softboard, which will help you learn how to balance your surfing stance. Softboards provide great buoyancy and stability for beginners, but you will probably progress to a different kind of board after you really get the basics down. Your surfing instructor will be a knowledgeable advisor when it's time to find the right kind of board for you to graduate to after the softboard. And they can tell you the other surfing equipment you'll need, like surfboard wax, a leash, and a rashguard or wetsuit.

Not only do surfing schools save you embarrassment and money, but they will help your surfing skills improve more rapidly than they would otherwise. Your instructor will be able to give you basic lessons on how to surf, and they will be watching you during your learning process and giving you pointers on what is keeping you from catching those waves or any other problems you may have with getting the hang of it. Having an experienced surfing teacher will help take a great deal of the frustration out of your learning curve, and you will improve quickly.

Being a beginner at any sport can be a little intimidating, but if you go to a local surfing school to get started, it can help save you time, money, and embarrassment. Taking surfing lessons will not only inform you of the basics of your new hobby, but it will also help you progress faster than you would trying to go out there and self-teach. And a surfing school will allow you to try surfing out before you invest in a new surfboard and spend a lot of money on surfing equipment. Last but certainly not least, having an instructor to teach you the basics of surfing, safety, and "the rules" will help you get the most out of your surfing sessions, while making friends at local surf spots.

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