We all want to do it and the pros make it look easy. But is it really that easy? And how do we go about it if we are absolute beginners?
Learning to surf is great fun, but it is not as easy as it looks. You could try to DIY via good ol’ YouTube, however you run the risk of getting really frustrated and discouraged.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Find someone you can trust who has the time to give you some tips, help you find the right gear and the right beach for beginners. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend with the time or knowledge then find yourself a reputable learn to surf company.
Get yourself the right equipment. Beginners need different boards to experienced surfers. You are better off with a soft, longer board to avoid potential injuries to yourself and those around you. Wetsuits are almost vital in Victoria. If you’re in a warmer climate you’ll be able to get away with just boardies and a rashie. You’ll want something to protect your stomach and legs when you’re starting out as they will rub against the board.
Choose the right location. Some beaches are great for beginners, others are strictly experienced surfers only. Talk to the locals. Talk to other beginners. Choosing the right spot will make the world of difference.
Get some good instruction on the basic skills. It’s often hard for experienced surfers to break down the steps for beginners. Make sure you find someone who can go right back to the beginning and explain the process of surfing in a way that a beginner can understand.
Practice, practice, practice. Like any new skill – the more you do it the better you’ll become! Go Ride a Wave specializes in teaching beginners. We operate at the best beginner beaches in both Queensland and Victoria. We also sell equipment specifically for beginners. We sell the same equipment that we use in our classes so you can try before you buy.
If you’d like some information about our learn to surf classes or about any beginner equipment, visit our website or contact us on 1300 132 441.