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Surf Tips For Beginners

Surfing is a thrilling and exciting sport to learn. The first time you get up on a board and ride your first wave, can be a big moment, no matter how high big the wave or how long you rode it. it's an exciting achievement. Getting there though takes time, patience, and effort on your part. There are some things you should know before running out to buy a surfboard if you've never tried it before. See below for some surfing tips for a beginner and if you have further need of information, talk to companies like The Last Resort Mizata El Salvador.

The Board

Surf boards can be long or short, and the length you choose depends on how well you can surf. Longer boards can be easier to paddle and feel more stable. They're perfect for beginner surfers. Mid-size boards can be used by all types of surfers. Shorter boards are less stable and are more for expert surfers. Get to know your board and it's parts. The rope at the back is called the legrope, the sides are called the rails, the front is called the nose and the portion you stand on is called the deck.

The Gear

Aside from a board, you should have the proper gear to wear as well. Comfortable swimwear that covers your body, a rashguard to prevent getting injured by coral, or even a wet-suit to wear if the water is a bit on the cold side. Wax for your board will also help prevent you from slipping off of your board too easily.

Stretch And Warm Up

Surfing takes a lot out of your body, and requires muscle in your core and legs. It's best to warm up a bit before attempting to go out to catch a wave. Do a few jumping jacks, or take a small jog down the beach and back. Also do some stretches to help loosen up your muscles. Simple stretches such as toe touches, side bends and twisting will loosen up your legs and core areas.

Safety First

Check out the water before ever attempting to go out. If the waves are really high and rough, it's best to stay out of the water and wait for a calmer day. Also look around at your surroundings to see where you are on the beach. When riding waves, you can be pushed and pulled all over and find yourself further down the beach than you were when you started. Be sure to take a buddy with you to keep an eye out, or surf where there are lifeguards carefully watching.

Take Surf Lessons

Surf lessons are the best way to learn to surf. Using a professional surfer to help teach you not just how to surf, but how to do so safely, as well as what to do when you fall off or get knocked off of your board. 

Surfing is a fun sport, just be patient, take your time to learn and appreciate it, and don't give up.