10 Surfing Tips For Beginner Surfers
Surfing is fun! It’s never too late or too soon to start surfing. Some start as young as 2 years old, and some at 50 years old. It really doesn’t matter at what age you start surfing as long as you are having fun, staying safe, and loving the feeling of surfing like we do.
It is not easy to pick up a surfboard and start surfing and being like a professional surfer. We all started somewhere and beginner surfers are always itching to find the latest and best tips on how to get better. So, today we will talk about the kind of surfboard you should get, the conditions, beaches, technique and much more for you to get better at surfing ASAP.
Okay, let’s dive right into it!
Getting a soft top surfboard
That is a surfboard that is made out of foam and plastic instead of fiberglass. Different surfboards are great to know and be aware of, but as of right now, you are just starting out you don’t need anything fancy at all. A normal soft top will do just the job! Wavestrom surfboards are super fun and best-selling soft tops as of right now. Since a surfboard will hit you once in a while, it is better to start with that so you and the surfboard can take more of a beating than with the other types.
Find a surf spot with only a few people out
You might want to surf the most popular spot around, but usually they are crowded with frequent and experience surfers who will take all the waves and leave you with none. So in order for you to still have a blast, start somewhere not a lot of people go to and isn’t crowded with experienced people. You will catch more waves, feel more comfortable and confident, and have more fun!
Practice Your Pop-Up technique before going in the water
It might look weird but take a couple minutes on the best to work on your pop-up technique on the sand or on your board. For you to do that on your board, make sure to dig a little hole for your fins so that they don’t break and then lay the surfboard on the sand. Lay down on the surfboard and practice a couple of times.
Remember that the key to standing up on a wave is a quick and fluid pop-up technique. More like a quick but controlled pushup almost. Get so good at the motion on the sand, it will be so easy for you when in the water.
Shuffle your feet when going in the water
This one has nothing to do with the actual surfing, you might think I’m crazy, and I don’t want to scare you at all. But the more you shuffle your feet when going in the water, the less chances there are of you getting hit by a stingray.
Let’s stay safe because getting hit and sting by a stingray will cut out your session really short and will not be fun at all.
When paddling, find that sweet spot
When watching surfers, you always see beginner surfers paddling too far back or too far forward on their surfboards. Making the surfboard do a wheelie and resisting the motion which makes them go slower. On the other side, the surfboard’s nose will be under water and the back will be hanging out, slowly down the motion as well.
Here’s what you need to do: Find that sweet spot in the middle of the surfboard. You can mark it with a piece of wax so that you can make sure you always paddle in that position.
When a wave comes stay perpendicular to the whitewash
I was taught that at a very young age and still believe it to be true, because it is. Think about it; if you and your board are in the middle of the waves and a wave comes and you are horizontal to the wave, you are going to get taken and pushed towards the shore right?!
Instead you need to be perpendicular to the wave so that you knife through the whitewash as you are paddling out straight on with your body low to the board.
When catching a wave, take that extra paddle
Here is a tip even experienced surfers should apply. When you feel like a wave is taking you and lifting you; take ONE more strong paddle. That extra paddle will make sure that you are not getting stuck in the top or back of the wave, making the drop in much easier in some waves.
When surfing, bend your knees, not your back
When finally on the surfboard, you are now standing on your feet. You need to make sure that you are bending your knees and not hunching your back over. You will have way more balance when bending your knees and absorbing the energy of the water. On top of that if you bend your back, it will hurt BAD and is straight up bad style, so bend your knees to be more powerful.
Fall like a starfish
We all know you are going to be falling, it happens to everybody! When you do fall though, the best way to avoid injuries is to fell straight and flat just like a starfish. NEVER dive your head first, it can be very dangerous. Try to fall on your back, side, or stomach. Even if you are jumping off your surfboard, fall on your stomach, back, or side because it can be dangerous when jumping feet first, due to uneven nature of the seafloor.
When coming back up to the surface, make sure to put your arms and hands in front of your face and over your head so that you know there is nothing there. You just never know when the surfboard wants to rocket back to you when coming up.
This is the MOST important tip for any beginner and advanced surfers, and also the main reason we keep doing it. You are going to wipe out, get in some people’s way, and generally feel ridiculous or embarrassed when learning how to surf, but who cares! We all started somewhere, and it is so much fun!
We have a saying in the surfing community, and it goes something like this “the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun!”
So, make sure to be the best surfer and have the best fun! Hope this helped you understand a couple things a little more and make you feel more comfortable. Now go out there, and have a blast!