Surfing Tips for First Timers

abeginningSo, you’ve finally decided to make the leap from casual beach bum to all out surfer guru. It might not be as easy as you think, but with a little patience and a lot of practice, you’ll get there in no time. Along the way, follow these helpful tips and tricks that will make anyone believe you were born to ride the waves.
Start With The Right Gear

Gear is one of the easiest ways to tell the difference between a newbie and an experienced surfer. Beginners often make the mistake of buying the most expensive gear, most of which they don’t even need. Start simple and choose only the basics. A board is just about all you need to start. If you prefer wearing wetsuits, now would be the time to get one as well. Ask actual surfers what they love and avoid relying on advice for salespeople.

Get In Shape

It should go without saying, but surfing is sport. Just like any other sport, being the best means being in the best shape. Introduce a daily fitness program into your routine. This should include strength training as well as conditioning. Before each session, also take time to stretch. A few simple stretches can prevent the sprains and muscle tears that often happen to beginners.

Practice Your Popups and Positioning

You’ll probably want to go into the water immediately, but wait. Learning about your balance and how to do popups are essential to mastering surfing. It’s best to try these tactics on land before ever attempting a run in the ocean. This is also a great time to learn what positions and tactics will work best for you. Muscle memory is an important part of surfing. Giving your body time to adjust often prevents cramping or locking that can hinder movements.

Be Prepared To Catch A Wave

Catching a wave is the ultimate goal for any surfer. You will fall more times than you’ll care to admit while trying to catch that first wave. Start slowly. Let some waves pass you by if they seem too big or too intimidating for your skills. When you do attempt a wave, learn how it feels under your board. That’s a great first step to understanding which waves to choose and which to let go as you gain experience.

This blog post is a guest contribution from Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways, a vacation rental company in Rockport, Texas.

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