Beginner's Guide

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Things to consider:

The first thing to consider is how strong a swimmer you are, and how far you can swim. Paddling around in the sea is not the place to be if you are used to wearing a rubber ring to keep yourself afloat at the local swimming pool. As with all sports there is an element of risk, and the sea is much more unpredictable than a football pitch or tennis court. Even when you are a competent surfer, you should never paddle out farther than you can comfortably swim out to and back in without your surfboard.

10 Mistakes a Beginner Can Make

  1. Using a board that is too small
  2. Attempting to surf for the first time on waves that are too big
  3. Not preparing physically before starting out
  4. Not learning proper surfing etiquette
  5. Surfing without a friend or support
  6. Not learning how waves break beforehand
  7. Not applying enough surf wax
  8. Walking out through through breaking waves holding the board straight out in front.
  9. Not observing the local surf conditions, rips, rocks and other dangers
  10. Not reading our surf guides!!

Starter's Summary

A good surfer will make paddling, carving and wave riding look effortless, but the reality is that there is a lot of physical work involved in paddling around, getting up on your board and doing maneuvers. (But lets not get ahead of ourselves!).

Safety should always be at the back of your mind. For example, you should never be surfing alone. You never know what might go wrong even on the smallest of waves, and it's good to have someone who can help you out should you get into trouble.

One final thing, like swimming you should never go surfing straight after a meal. Wait at least half an hour after eating before going for a surf. If you're up for a surf first thing in the morning you should wait until after for your breakfast.

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