Learning to surf? We’ve all been there, and as the saying goes, ‘If I knew back then what I know now, life would have been much easier.’
In hindsight, many beginner surfers burden themselves with an unnecessarily tough learning curve by jumping into the sport too quickly, and ignoring the basics. However, if you are willing to take some advice, you’re sure to catch the wave of your life and the bug we call ‘stoke’.
In order to speed up the learning curve, here are “10 Things Every Beginner Surfer Should Know”:
1. Respect The Ocean
No, we don’t mean awareness of its existence or even just knowing how to swim, I mean having confidence in reading its conditions, where to sit, how waves break, currents, channels, storms, pollution, hazards and predators. It is a dynamic environment with countless variables. If you are new to the ocean, we advise taking it slow. Enjoy some time swimming and playing around in the surf, and just try to familiarize yourself with the power of the ocean before jumping into the sport too quickly.