Surfing and Beach Lifestyle
So you want to ride the waves and don’t know where to start. It would be great if you could just grab and catch the first good wave; after all, the surfers out there make it look so easy. If you set your mind to it you will be one of those surfers one day, jumping right in and riding the barrel, but there are a few things you need to do to prepare, before you even get your feet wet.
Surfing is a skilled sport that requires a lot of physical strength and stamina. Successful surfers are in great shape with a strong sense of balance and strong core muscles. Arm strength is needed as well in order to paddle out to the wave. It takes some effort to get out there.
A great way to strengthen your core and get a good sense of balance, as well as increase your arm strength is to take a yoga class or Pilates. Both are excellent for exactly these reasons. Yoga also fits into the flow of surfing. If you don’t want to do either of these, just make sure you are in good shape, do other exercises, which increase your strength and stamina.
Be able to swim. You don’t have to be an Olympic-level swimmer but you need strong swimming skills. You will fall off your board; there is no doubt about that, so make sure you can swim.
Learn about the ocean and the waves. Riptides are especially dangerous if you don’t know what to do. A little research into the ins and outs of riding the waves and what goes on under them can go a long way in making sure you don’t get in a situation you don’t know how to get out of.
Understand the different boards used and pick the best one for you. Learn how to take care of it too. As a beginner, you need to understand that even though you want to be out there zipping in and out of the waves like the pros do, you have to work up to it. The bigger the board the better. It will give you more stability to get your sea legs. Ideally the board should be about three feet longer than you are tall. As you get better you can move on to shorter boards in order to make the turns and runs of the seasoned surfers.
What you wear is important as what you ride on. Make sure your shorts or suit are snug and won’t and get a decent rash guard that fits well. Also, have a leash for your board to ensure you don’t lose it when you fall off.
Become familiar with the area you want to surf. Spend some time watching the other surfers, checking out the local area and beach and understanding the flow of things. There is a particular etiquette to surfing that you need to be aware of.
Take lessons. The absolute best way to get into the surf is to learn from someone who knows what to do.
Surfing is a great sport and good for your body and mind. If you want to take it up, make sure you are prepared before you even get in the water. Most of all don’t take yourself too seriously and just have fun. Before you know it you will be out there surfing in the tube.