Mistakes Beginners Make When Booking A Surf Trip
Salt water can cure a lot of things and a surf trip is definitely a good way to remove stress from our daily lives. It is always a good time and we are always surfed out. The best feeling in the world! For beginner surfers, booking the ultimate surf trip vacation can be a difficult task to do.
From the wrong board to getting lost in a foreign country to waves that are way too big and no waves at all, mistakes happen all the time; that is why we are here to help you for your next surf trip! We want to make sure that this vacation will be nothing but a blast and lots of surf.
Where are you wanting to surf on this surf trip?
Location is key! As a beginner going on a surf trip you have to look for waves that are good enough for your ability to surf. It should be appropriate to your surfing level. Usually as a beginner you are looking for waves that are easy to paddle into, gives you time to stand up, and that will take you down the beach for a while.
Byron bay- Australia, Taghazout- Morocco, Sagres- Portugal, El Paredon-Guatemala, and Playa Sunzal- El Salvador are some great beginner surf spots for a surf trip. There are plenty more beginner friendly surf spots around the globe, but these are some ideas. Obviously, it all depends where you are coming from and what type of weather you are looking for.
Do you research to look for long peeling waves where there is not much of a crowd so that doesn’t become an issue.
Start Swimming Before Your Surf Trip
The number one issue beginner surfers have when on a surf trip is the lack of upper body strength; especially when first learning. Even some of the fittest people who go to the gym every day or run everyday struggle with the different muscles that surfing requires.
The best way to mimic the paddling motion is by swimming. It is great for the paddling motion like on a surfboard but also amazing for general fitness.
We recommend that a month or 2 before going on your surf trip, start swimming and training for surfing so that you will be able to surf all day long.
Having the right surfboard
On surf trips, most beginners tend to rent surfboards so that they don’t have to travel with their own. But honestly, after spending all that you have spent for this great surf trip, its only fair to bring your own surfboard so that you can fully enjoy with the right equipment.
We see beginners all the time on the wrong equipment and that is why we recommend bringing your own board so that you don’t have to worry about having the wrong stuff.
Learn which type of surfboard is best for you before you go on the surf trip, especially if you are going to rent a board there.
Patience is key
A surf trip to most surfers has been for years and always will be like wining a lottery. But even on a surf trip, you have to remember that even the best surfers have some good days and some bad days. The enjoyment of a surf trip can be dictated by the type of waves you have on tap, and sometimes they are not the best.
The waves won’t always be the best, you will have some good days and some bad days. But you will be in the water, in the ocean, making new friends and becoming a better surfer than you were yesterday. Which in conclusion means that a surf trip is always positive vibes and experiences no matter what.
Hiring A Local Guide
As a newbie in surfing and traveling to new destinations to surf, surf guides can be an helpful tool to making your surf trip the best yet. A good surf guide will not only take you to the best waves for your abilities, but also will give you a great idea on which boards you should be surfing and of course where the best food is.
Ideally you want to find a guide that has a great mix of knowledge of the surf spots, great surf experience, and at least first aid training if anything happens. A good surf guide will help you find the best wave for your skill set, with less crowd. Which can make a difference in catching 10 waves versus 30 in one session.
Well there you have it guys, some mistakes to avoid and learn from when planning out a surf trip as a beginner. We look forward to surf trips all the time and so should you cause there are a blast!
Let us know in the comments below where you are heading to next!