Catching the waves - it can be intimidating and exhilarating, depending on where you are coming from. For first timers, the prospect of standing on a board and keeping your balance while atop a wave can be a harrowing experience. If you let the fear get to you, you may not be able to make it past your gate. Your main focus should be on which beach is suitable for someone who is just beginning to learn to surf.
Here are some tips to help you find the right beach for a new surfer.
- A beach with a good sandy bottom is ideal for a beginner. It provides a compact surface for you to practice in the shallow waters. It is also safer for you since you can expect to fall off your board a few times until you get used to standing on your surfboard. The sand will cushion your fall and you avoid getting hurt and cut by sharp rocks.
- Look for a beach that is less crowded and with slow moving, small to medium sized waves. A heavily populated beach will make it hard for you to practice and you will be tossing and bumping with a lot more bodies and probably other surfers. The slow moving and smaller waves will give you enough time to practice your moves.
- Find a beach that has a wide expanse of shallow water that reaches up to your knees or up to your waist. It is very easy to be carried by the waves farther than you would like when you are atop your surfboard. You need to be able to stand upright quickly and easily after you lose your balance and fall from the board.
- Get some advice from friends and acquaintances who surf. They too started out as beginners and they will be able to tell you which beach is the safest and most ideal for new surfers.
- Seek help from your local surf shop. They can assist you in locating a good beach to learn to surf. They more or less have lots of information they can share with you as they are the people that interact the most with seasoned surfers.
- Network with other learners and join them in the beach that they frequent to learn the basics of surfing. It will be less intimidating if you surf with fellow newbies. It is also safer and actually recommended that you surf with buddies.
- Sign up with a qualified professional surf instructor. He will be able to direct you to the right beach and tell you what to look for in surf breaks. You will learn to surf safely. Using a surf instructor also ensures that you learn the proper techniques from day one and will be able to guide you in choosing your equipment. A professional surf instructor is also a trained emergency medical provider so he can assist you in case you need medical attention.
Never venture out alone. Every surfer knows how dangerous it can be if you are out alone in the surf and something happens. You should learn this rule from the start. It is best to stay safe at all times. Take the time to look for a good beach and do not rush things. Pretty soon you will be able to keep your balance and move on to ride bigger waves.