You don’t need to travel out to Hawaii or Thailand to hang ten! Lowestoft offers some great places to go surfing and here are a few tips to get you started!
If you want to learn how to surf there are a few basic tips to help get you started-
The right board
As with clothes the best board is one that suits your body type. Professionals often use shortboards but these are not recommended when getting started because they are a bit narrow. A longboard is often more appropriate for beginners, making it easier to paddle then using a larger board.
Practise makes perfect
The skill of “popping up” is a crucial one to learn. Teachers will show you how to do this on land first- Lie on the board and then make a press up position on the board. You then push up and put your feet on the board with the front foot forward and back foot sideways. When doing this avoid popping up to your knees as this will make it harder to get up when you get on the water.
When you are ready to surf make sure the leash is fastened on your feet and check that your board is properly waxed as this will make it easier for you to stay on the board and reduce the risk of you crashing into other surfers.
Catching your first wave
The trick is to wade into the sea before you surf, watching the movement of the waves before you make your way in. The trick is to paddle as fast or faster than the wave. Remember to stay low as this will allow you to maintain balance.
There are a number of videos online that can show you a full demonstration of how to effectively surf. However the best thing to do is to look online for local surf schools and instructors to help you develop your skills and be more confident before getting out to sea.