Has surfing always caught your attention, but you haven’t dared to take the step and you’ve been putting it off year after year? After reading this post, you won’t be able to resist the urge to take the board, the wetsuit and go into the sea to ride the waves while you feel the adrenaline running through your body.
Surfing is a sport of balance and reflexes. Once you have mastered this part of the exercise, it is only a matter of letting yourself be dragged by the wave for as long as possible, while you steer the board through one or several fins located at the back. In addition, it is necessary to know how to swim with ease and to have previous knowledge about the sea in which you are going to surf and the type of waves you can find.
Before you start surfing… What can’t you miss in your first class?
The surfboard is essential to practice this sport. From the very first moment it will become your “means of transport” in the sea, so it is of the utmost importance that you familiarize yourself with it. You should know that there are several types and a lot of information about surf boards online, so you have to take your time and get informed to choose the one that best suits your goals. To start with, the ideal one for beginners is the foam board. It is big, floating and has a rounded tip, which makes it easier to stay on the board and catch waves without suffering repeated blows.
The neoprene suit is necessary to make surfing pleasant, as it will protect you from low sea temperatures, blows, scratches, etc. Depending on the water temperature and the season of the year, the material it is made of will vary. In winter it is advisable that the wetsuit is long and thick, about 3/4mm, while in summer it is advisable that it is short and thin, about 3/2mm or 2/2mm.
Paraffin wax is a kind of wax that is poured over the board to avoid slipping. There are several types of paraffin and the use of one or another depends on the temperature of the water. This wax can be replaced or complemented with Grip, a kind of rubber that sticks to the board with the same purpose as paraffin.
In these times we have to live, there are also two basic tips to start in the world of surfing that, surely, you will want to follow at the beginning.
Firstly, no matter how many videos you watch, or how many tutorials you follow, no matter how many websites you visit, there is nothing like the experience transmitted by someone who knows how to surf. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a friend who wants (and has the necessary patience to) teach you how to surf from scratch; be wary of expert friends who tell you it’s too easy and throw themselves on the beach so you can follow them without teaching you how to walk before you start running. If you’re not so lucky, take some beginner’s classes at a surf school on the coast; ninety percent of what you hear will be the obvious and basic safety rules, but there you’ll find other people in your same circumstances and with appreciated materials with which you can share experiences and compare progress (i.e. try not to fall off the same ridiculously low level as your partner in the blue shirt). 😀
Secondly, for now (and it seems that this is going to be a long time) you can’t travel much to look for wonderful beaches with perfect waves, but those only exist in the movies. Even in the best beaches you have to wait a while to find a good wave.
To start with, it’s enough to have any beach with a little wind that encourages “manageable” waves to make your first practices and take safety. When you can travel safely, there will be time to look for surfing destinations.