The basic tips for beginner surfers

Do you want to learn how to surf? Are you teaching a family member or friend to catch waves for the first time? Learn some basic tips for novice surfers.

Let's get it started. Surfing is not easy, but is far from being a complicated sport. You can easily learn how to become a surfer in a matter of days. The most common mistakes with beginners are related to paddling, standing up, choosing waves, duck diving, priorities and positioning feet on the surfboard.

That is why surf etiquette is a must-read document. Reading introductory books and watching videos is a good advice too, if you're about to hit the surf for the first time. After all, you're telling your brain what should be done. In other words, visualize your future steps.

Take a look at the basic surfing tips for beginners:

1. Get a large and wide beginner surfboard - more flotation, more stability.
2. Never surf alone - invite friends or visit a surf school.
3. Don't surf a shore break.
4. Choose a beach for surfing beginners.
5. Make your debut in small wave conditions.
6. Watch how the waves are rolling in before entering the water.
7. Warm up - stretching is protecting yourself from injuries.
8. Keep away from other intermediate and advanced surfers and swimmers.
9. Always wear a surf leash.
10. Sit on the surfboard.
11. Lie on the surfboard, well centered and balanced.
12. Keep your legs together, with your feet out of the water.
13. Paddle steadily and rhythmically, with chest up and lower back arched.
14. Avoid pearling (nose dive) or bogging.
15. Start by catching 20 white water waves, and later move to small roller waves
16. When the wave picks you from behind, pop up fast, keeping your feet spread shoulder-width apart.
17. Bend your knees to absorb shocks.
18. Need to bail out? Jump away from your board and protect your head with your arms.
19. Wipeouts are part of the game.
20. Feeling tired? Ride back to the beach in prone position

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