Beginners Surfing Tips -- Learn to Surf!

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Beginners Surfing Tips

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So you want to learn to surf? You've come to the right place! These beginners surfing tips will help you get started. Even if you’re going to take a lesson or two, it’s helpful to learn the details of what you’re going to be doing.

For observers, surfing looks simple and uncomplicated, but there’s a lot to learn when you’re just starting. It might look like all you need is a board and some waves (which is true), but there’s a lot of knowledge and experience that you need before you’ll have much success. I’ve broken this guide into some easy sections to get you started. You’ll be riding the curl in no time!

Beginners surfing tips:

Before you get in the water:

Chapter 1: The surfing philosophy: FUN!
Chapter 2: Ocean Safety
Chapter 3: Overcoming fear of the ocean
Chapter 4: Getting the right beginners surfboard
Chapter 5: Waxing your board
Chapter 6: Finding the right beginner surf spot
Chapter 7: Practice the popup on land first

Ride your first waves:

Chapter 8: Riding Prone
Chapter 9: Proper Surfboard Paddling Technique
Chapter 10: Standing up!
Chapter 11: Getting outside the breakers
---->Duckdiving 101: How to Duckdive
Chapter 12: Catch your first real wave!


Keep all this info in the back of your mind when you're out in the surf. Surfing is a lot easier with the right technique.

Intermediate Surfing Tips

Well, we've covered the basics about how ya go about learning to surf. Once you're pretty good at all of the above, however, you might want to pick it up a notch.

For now we recommend Pro Surf Secrets by Mike Low. It's a good resource that you won't really find the equivalent of in bookstores since most learn to surf books focus on the beginner.

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