3 – Finding A Beginner Surf Spot

Finding a good beginner break to learn to surf

Finding a good spot to learn to surf is an important ingredient when you’re just starting out. Small, gentle waves and a sandy beach are the keys. You wouldn’t want to begin your surfing career at Pipeline!

Key ingredients to a good beginners surf spot:

  • Relatively uncrowded—you want a few people around for safety, but you don’t want to be in a crowd, either.

  • Sand bottom—much easier on feet and boards, especially for beginners.

  • Calm, crumbling waves—don’t try to learn to surf where the waves are very steep and hollow. In certain areas, it’s hard to find a crumbling wave, but it’s worth a little investigation.

  • Big sandbar—it’s important to be able to wade out and catch the lines of whitewater at first, so try to find a nice big sandbar with knee to waist-high water.

Things to watch out for when selecting a surf spot:

  • Don’t go where the more experienced surfers are. You’ll only get in the way, create dangerous situations, and annoy everyone.

  • When you’re just starting to learn to surf, find a peak to yourself if possible.

  • If you’re very new, make sure there’s at least some people around. Sometimes you can surf near a lifeguard, but don’t surf between the lifeguard’s flags.

  • Watch out for surfing restrictions in certain areas. Some places will not let you surf during certain hours of the day.

  • Make sure you have the right parking permits! A parking ticket will kill your day and your stoke.

  • Don’t surf in the shorebreak. This is very dangerous! Shorebreak is when the waves break right onto the sand at the edge of the waterline.

4 thoughts on “3 – Finding A Beginner Surf Spot”

  1. Hey,
    I am going to bali in februari and i really wanna learn to surf, but i am really afraid that im going to break my neck. I am a beginner. Do you have any advice to give? Im going to learn in kuta bali. Thanks for good info about surfing!

    Ps: I never speak or write english =)

  2. I took one lesson when i went to wildwood this summer and I fall in love with surfing now that I’m going back to Greenwich I dont know where a good surfing spot is and I really want to learn how to surf better…. Any ideas to where I should go??????

    1. Amanda >> I advise to come to Morocco we have the best spots for beginners Especially a Beautiful village in Agadir City called Taghazout in the best camp called Surf Maroc
      If you are living in Europe will be so easy for you and cheap
      See ya there!

  3. Hey everyone,
    much appreciated your information helping me so much

    Amanda >> I advise to come to Morocco we have the best spots for beginners Especially a Beautiful village in Agadir City called Taghazout in the best camp called Surf Maroc
    If you are living in Europe will be so easy for you and cheap
    See ya there!

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