Have you ever dared imagine yourself standing up inside a mountain of waves? Balanced. Cool. Dripping with glistening drops of water. Surfing is a mesmerizing sport to watch, isn’t it? Did you also know it’s a sport for people of all ages? Most surfers will give you at least 10 reasons why they surf. The most common reasons are “Surfing helps me to get away from everyday headaches,” and “Surfing keeps me active and healthy,” and the list continues with getting an adrenaline rush, feeling a sense of connection to nature, being part of the surfing community, etc. If you decide to take the first steps to surf this summer, here are some tips to help you.
- There are two main pieces of equipment you need to buy or rent: a surfing board and a wetsuit. Long surfboards (also called longboards) are recommended for beginners and cost from $300 to $900. A rental longboard costs about $20/hr or $100/day. You might end up buying a used board for $200. Buying a full wetsuit will cost you $150 -$400. Check with your local surf shop for the right material and the best thickness.
- Next, unless you are incredibly athletic, it is a good idea to take some lessons. Private lessons cost about $100/hr, and group lessons are less. Find beginner-friendly beaches, start with some whitewater (already broken waves), and then start paddling to catch some gentle waves.
- How long will it take to learn surfing? It all depends on the amount you surf, your athleticism, and your motivation. But generally, if you surf every day for one month, you can get the basics down and consider yourself a competent surfer.
- There are a few more things that you need to know before surfing. Things like Current Conditions, Rip Currents, and some Unwritten Rules of the lineup (which you will probably learn during your lessons).
Most importantly, try to have fun: that’s what surfing is all about! Having a few compatible surfing partners also multiply the enjoyment.