One of the coolest things about being apart of the surf culture are the people and the community. The surfing world offers new experiences, different conversations and exciting adventures. Surfing with friends offers aligned missions and objectives, riding waves, getting stoked and finding new beach breaks.
Surfing with friends offers aligned missions and objectives, riding waves and getting stoked.
The exciting part about exploring and finding new beach breaks, is that you never knew they existed until you took the courage to explore outside of your comfort zone. The significance for a surfer is, progression in your skill level. However, if you’re not ready and you fool yourself by attempting to surf more difficult waves, you’re doing yourself a disservice and actually holding yourself back. This can be somewhat dangerous, especially if there is no one around and no one to call emergency responders if you’re in trouble. I knew I was ready, I’ve been surfing every day for over 2 years, my confidence and my skill set have improved to handle local breaks. I was pretty stoked to be in the line up with legends.
Frank and I arrived to the beach with coffee in hand. We took our time to observe the how the waves broke and assessed the best point of entry. One thing you’ve got to remember when surfing new beaches, take your time to learn everything about the wave and the conditions. Once you’re in the water and using energy to paddle out, you want to position yourself in the best location to catch as many waves as possible.
One thing you’ve got to remember when surfing new beaches, take your time to learn everything about the wave and its conditions.
Here are questions to ask when assessing new beach breaks
- What’s the wave height?
- What direction is the swell coming in from?
- What is the wind like?
- Where is the wind coming from?
- Where is the channel?
- What direction is the rip current?
- Where is the best point of entry?
- How does the wave break?
- How far is the break point from the beach? (How far do I have to paddle to reach the line up?
- Where is the break point?
- How long is each set?
- What is the timing period for each set?
- What is the duration time between each set?
- Who is surfing at this location?
- When is high tide?
- When is low tide?
- What type of break is it?
- Are there any locals around I can talk to?
- What type of animals live here?
- What’s the weather forecast?
All in all, it was an amazing experience and I will be back again.