To start this experience in the world of surfing it is important to know beforehand:
The idea of standing on the board and finally being able to catch a wave as it should, makes most people likely to get discouraged in the first few attempts. But take it easy, don't skip steps! Surfing is a complex sport, but we made this step-by-step guide to make your experience unforgettable!
Physical and mental conditions
There will be a time when only you and the sea will remain and for those who want to learn to surf, knowing how to swim is crucial! Yes, there are common situations where you must know how to react without a board in the water. The leash, streap or string as they are called is just a piece of equipment and not safety and in case of urgency, you will be forced to swim until you reach the sand. If you don't know how to swim, the tip is to look for swimming lessons.
Furthermore, feeling confident and fearful are opposites that are part of the sensations of any human being's subconscious. There are a number of chemical compounds reacting in the body activated by the brain, involuntarily, when we are put to the test of something we do not know. But listen, don't let anything stop you from starting something you want to do, be it surfing or anything else! Always evolve.
So surfing is always rewarding. It is essential to prepare yourself for what is to come, psychologically and physically. In addition, practicing physical exercise, having a strong and resistant body, maintaining a healthy diet in order to be flexible and balanced in an environment of constant change is the key to achieving optimal results in surfing.
The lack of information leads many beginners to have a bad experience with this sport. Sometimes, the advantages of starting the practice at a licensed surf school will undoubtedly guarantee the best quality of the process. Mainly to obtain more information about the mandatory safety conditions, the best time and the best place to start, how to prevent accidents to fulfill all prerequisites. (diving, staying in the water, being submerged and the like)
Most courses for inexperienced classes take an average of 2 hours of classes to start and feel the first feelings of connection with the sea. But be careful, a long course is the best if you really want to learn to surf. Always check which courses offer the options that may be for the whole family.
Respect you, others and nature
“Together we are stronger” has never made so much sense when it comes to behaviors related to the rules of good coexistence and harmony in the water. Listen to the advice of those who are experienced in the matter, find out, be in small groups and keep an eye on each other. As a beginner, remember to never surf alone, even if it is an individual sport.
In order to enter a wave (drop-in), the priority is always of those who are closest to the peak, so as not to disturb and respect the order of those who are precisely waiting to catch the wave.
How to choose the best surfboard
If you are going to buy, rent or borrow a board, you will have to take into account numerous variables such as your weight, age and biotype to know if the volume of the equipment will have the appropriate fluctuation to deal with sea conditions, such as and wave size.
Considering the skill factor of beginner surfers, which is from 0.40 to 0.50 - the basic formula for volumetry is (weight x skill factor) = approximate volume. To exemplify, we will use the body weight of 76 kilos as a basis for this calculation and that will help you, which is not a general rule: (76 x 0.40 = 30.4 to 76 x 0.50 = 38) = 30, 4 liters and 38 liters of flotation. It is also important to understand that taller or shorter surfers, regardless of age, have different muscle mass and weight distribution, which leads to different choices of boards or volumes in the beak area.
Therefore, longer and foam boards offer you the ideal volume because they are more stable and more dynamic in the water, the so-called longboards and funboards. If the size of the board is smaller, it will be more difficult to control the equipment at sea. This will be invaluable when learning how to surf the smaller waves or hollowed waves.
Learning to surf
Having the first contact with water, observing the size of the waves, the direction of the currents is a good first step to follow. Then, you must realize the importance of practicing the posture and positions on top of the board in the sand, lying down correctly, supporting yourself, raising your arms, how to stand up (take off) and which foot is more appropriate to be on. front. It's like learning to skate, but a little more complex.
In addition, water resistance will cost you the use of strong arms to paddle effectively in the water. A few simple but important tips will make the board slide more quickly, such as leaving your chest, neck and chin up, avoiding too much weight on the front of the board, wearing a rubber suit suitable for this sport will protect you from the temperatures and keeping you in the water longer, using paraffin on the board improves and increases the grip when standing, as well as avoiding burns and scratches.
Remember the tip of taking a swim course there above, then, this is the time to use the crawl technique to increase your movement skills in the water and when you catch the first wave you will have to choose whether it is to the right or to the left. Yes, this seems easy, but it is not as simple as you think!
Finally, we have gathered information here that will help you to be much more prepared to learn to surf with much more safety. But beware: being in the presence of licensed professionals and courses will make your experience a fun and safe adventure!