Surfing Tips for Beginners

Surfing is no easy sport. Everyone will tell you that surfing is basically riding a skateboard on water, and that makes it seem easy when it’s not. For those of you who have only known surfing from movies such as Blue Crush, they might think that the only thing they have to do is practice standing on a moving board. On the contrary to all of this, surfing takes a lot of other kinds of effort to master. Beginners can get overwhelmed by failing to surf well at first. Here are some ways you can improve your surfing if you’re a newbie.

Dress appropriately

A lot of people think that they can surf wearing what they’d wear to a pool party, a.k.a bikinis and board shorts. A lot of beachwear brands such as Billabong and Rip Curl also advertises women in their bikini riding waves. However, these people are professional surfers, who are used to the water and only wear swimwear when they surf at oceans with higher temperature. The water temperature, if you’re not used to it, can cause you to have a cold rash. You also don’t want your swimwear such as bikini top to slip from your body when you fall off your board and get hit by waves.

Get the right board

Beginners should always use the largest board, which contributes to paddling speed and gives a better balance for you when you get on top of it. It is easy to handle and should be adjusted to your height as well. Softboards, which are made of foam, are a great choice for beginners, They are more buoyant. You can then move on to epoxy boards or fiberglass boards if you’re a fast learner.

Get in shape

Surfing is a whole-body sport, which means that your whole body’s muscle will get working when you surf. This might seem impossible, but it is. When you paddle, your arm and shoulder muscles get to work. You need to have enough energy in them to paddle faster. Then, you’ll need your upper body and core strength to pop up from the board. Once you’ve stood up on the board, your lower body strength is the key to keeping balance when riding the waves. Moreover, you’ll need all your strength to fight the waves before paddling to your waiting spot. You should also improve your balance by practicing on a moving plank or by skateboarding or snowboarding.