Ok, so this is my second blog post and I guess this wouldn’t be a surfers blog without instructions on how to start.
People ask me all the time, “Toan, how’d you start surfing?” Well, I guess I’ll go ahead and tell you how I got started.
Before you head to the beach it might be best to start researching online. Watch some videos on YouTube and learn the basics. Then, when you’re ready enroll into surf lesson. Typically surf lessons are a great way to start because you’ll meet people that are also interested in surfing and they’re beginning just like you. The surf instructors will also be knowledgeable about how the waves break and conditions. You’ll learn the basics about how to pop-up, where to position yourself in the water, but most importantly surf etiquette. We’ll definitely cover this in a separate discussion.
For now, if you’re lucky enough to live along the coast in California the first step should be pretty simple. Head to the beach, find a surf shop and enroll in a lesson.
Before the BIG day be sure to keep in mind what you’ll be learning.
- What size wetsuit should I get?
- How thick of a wetsuit should I get?
- How long of a surfboard should I get?
- Should I get booties?
- What is the temperature of the water?
- How big do the waves get?
- What type of surfboard works well in my area?
- How much does renting a surfboard and equipment compared to buying?
- How long can I surf until I get tired?
- Will my local beach be crowded?
- If you’re going alone, where should I put my keys? – Leave your keys at the surf shop register.
These are all great questions to think about before jumping into the water, but you’ll learn as you go. Remember, the best surfer is the one having the most fun. Go out there and have fun! I’m excited you’re going to be stoked!