Surfing is one of those activities that are the top of a lot of bucket lists.
And when the sun is shining and the waves are just right, it’s not hard to see why. It’s almost like nature itself is willing you to get on a board.
Unfortunately, surfing isn’t quite as easy as it looks. If you’re a beginner looking to get into surfing, we’ve got some top tips to get you started.
- Don’t learn on your own
It doesn’t matter how athletic or confident you are, never try and learn surfing on your own.
Although surfing injuries are relatively rare and minor, they do happen and can be life-threatening. Out of every 100,000 surfers in Australia, 2.38 will drown.
That’s why you need to seek out a teacher or experienced surfer to ensure that you stay safe.
- Use a bigger surfboard
You might see the more experienced surfers using smaller boards, but when you’re starting out the bigger ones will be your friends.
They’re designed to give you more stability and help you catch a lot more waves, letting you learn the skills and mechanics to eventually move on to the shorter boards.
- Get a soft-top board
Speaking of surfboards, it’s also best to get a soft top one. These are much more comfortable to be sat on than the fibreglass or epoxy alternatives.
And when you’re starting out, you will be spending a lot of time sitting on it rather than standing. It’s a learning curve that everyone goes through, trust us.
- Choose a good beginner destination
You don’t want to rush out to the biggest waves you can see if you’re just getting started. It’s much easier to get to grips with surfing on smaller, easier waves.
There are some beaches that are perfect for this, including First Point Noosa in Queensland.
- Bend at your knees
Stability is key to keep you upright and stop you wiping out on the board.
Although you need to accept the fact that you will wipe out as you’re learning, one of the big tips to help avoid this is bending your knees instead of your back.
There’s a reason why surfers have this classic pose. It’s not to look good – but to give you much more balance when you’re riding the waves.
- Pace yourself
Don’t overexert yourself.
Surfing is hard work, so remember to take regular breaks, hydrate and stay at a level that’s comfortable for you.
If need a rest but are searching for the same adrenaline, why not book a fast-paced jet boat tour to see all the sights in Sydney?
Ready to catch the waves?
Just remember these 6 tips, ensure you’re not alone and that it’s safe to surf before you get on your board.
And, most importantly, have fun!