Nine Things to Know Before You Start Surfing | Pacific Surf School

Surfing is one of the coolest sports out there. There is something badass about getting to own the waves. However, as thrilling as surfing is, it can also be quite terrifying for newbies. A lot of newcomers who come to Pacific Surf often do not know what the noise is all about.

We have helped hundreds of people get started. If you’re struggling, then check out this list of nine things to do before you start surfing:

Type of Wetsuit

This depends on prevalent weather conditions and your comfort level. Pick something that makes you feel at ease and fits you well. Make sure that you need one, if you think the water is not cold you can get by with a rash guard.

Unexpected guests in the sea

Do not worry, it’s not common to see sharks or other such creatures in the Pacific ocean. Still, pay attention to the warning signs and speak to your trainer about the dangers, they will teach you about ocean safety.

Swimming

Beginners need to know how to swim; you don’t need to be a pro at it though. This is important because surfers need to be comfortable in the water.

Protective gear

Get your hands on all that you need. This includes the leash, wax, and wetsuit. Also, use sunscreen to ensure the sun doesn’t damage your skin. Some surfers also use earplugs for additional safety.

Time in water and on land

We’ll not push you into water right at the beginning. We’ll first explain the process to you so expect to spend a little time on land – being comfortable with the process can make you go a long way.

Waxing surfboards

This makes balancing the board on easier so learn to wax the board. However, if you get a foam board, which is said to be suitable for beginners, then you will not need to worry about the process. 

To make the process easier for new students, we only use foam boards.

Best board for beginners

Eight foot long, soft board is recommended for newbies. However, the right board depends on your weight and height. We can help you pick the right one. 

In the beginning the most important thing is to pay attention to position and learning about waves so, a foam board is floatable and reliable for that purpose.

The first try in water

Surfing isn’t easy but do not let the first try scare you. We’ll be by your side to catch you every time you fall. It is very important to not get discouraged, and that will partially depend on you.

What to expect the following day

You may feel sore like you would after a good workout. Active recovery can help you feel better. Also, do not try surfing if you have injuries or certain medical conditions such as hypertension without your doctor’s approval.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have more questions. Our expert staff is always available to answer your queries.

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