So, you think you’re ready to go for a surf, and are keen to get to the beach with your surfboard? Are you ready to have a go at surfing Pipeline, the barrels of Kirra or huge Mavericks? Just hang on there for a few moments, you may not be quite ready yet. Before you head for thje beautiful Llanmadoc coast you should check a few things first! A bit of reading and preparation now will save you a lot of time later.
Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you enjoy surfing.
It’s important to get the right gear in order for your surfing to quickly progress. The main barrier to progress is starting on an unsuitable board. Make the right choice now and improve rapidly. Also learn about the other pieces of equipment like the surfboard leash, wax and surfboard fins. PJ Surf shop has a great selection of boards and equipment.
Beginners should ease themselves into this great activity. There is plenty of fun to be had but there can be an element of danger! Make sure you are competent at paddling and duck diving. Practice catching a wave, positioning yourself while in the shallows. Don’t be too eager to take on big waves too soon.
Surfing etiquette is a set of rules that should be observed while surfing. It’s important to observe the correct etiquette while out surfing, otherwise things will just descend in to total chaos. Most of the do’s and don’ts here are explained in more details in the articles elsewhere on the site. Do try to stick by these unwritten rules, keep yourself out of trouble, and enjoy your surfing. Also take a look at the surfing rules for related information.
Observe Right of Way:
Learn who has the right of way on the wave.
- Furthest out: the surfer that is furthest out or that has been waiting longest
- Furthest inside: the closest surfer to the peak of the breaking wave
- First to feet: the first to feet or first onto the wave
- Communication: the call of “Left!” or “Right!” if the wave is dual-peaking
There’s plenty that you can do in readiness, well in advance of heading to the beach. Surfing is a physically demanding sport, so it’s important that you are in reasonable shape. Conditioning for surfing will not happen overnight, so get surf training as soon as possible. You’ll also need to have good swimming skills, so visit the local pool on a regular basis. If you want to surf to a decent standard, you’ll need a good training program along with frequent surf sessions.
Make sure you have the right equipment. There are lots of different types of surfboards, wetsuits, and surf gear, plenty of which will not be suitable for a beginner. PJ’s Surf Shop in Llangenith has a great selection of surf equipment for all surfers new and experienced.
You might want to consider a surfing lesson with a reputable company. You can get group or one-to-one instruction, and all the equipment is provided. This is a great way to help you decide whether surfing is for you.
The first thing to consider is how strong a swimmer you are, and how far you can swim. Paddling around in the sea is not the place to be if you are used to wearing a rubber ring to keep yourself afloat at the local swimming pool. As with all sports there is an element of risk, and the sea is much more unpredictable than a football pitch or tennis court. Even when you are a competent surfer, you should never paddle out farther than you can comfortably swim out to and back in without your surfboard.
A good surfer will make paddling, carving and wave riding look effortless, but the reality is that there is a lot of physical work involved in paddling around, getting up on your board and doing maneuvers.
Safety should always be at the back of your mind. For example, you should never be surfing alone. You never know what might go wrong even on the smallest of waves, and it’s good to have someone who can help you out should you get into trouble.
One final thing, like swimming you should never go surfing straight after a meal. Wait at least half an hour after eating before going for a surf. If you’re up for a surf first thing in the morning you should wait until after for your breakfast.
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