You might be required to wear a wetsuit depending on whatever surfing location you’re at. So if you have one, then great. If you don’t, then consider getting one. Surfing works best when barefooted so don’t wear any water shoes or sandals while doing such. Don’t forget to bring extra dry clothes for you to wear on after surfboarding. If you’re a girl with a long hair, French braid it to avoid making your hair looking like a giant nest after an hour of fun in the ocean.
Surfing isn’t a joke. It may seem fun to look at while looking at them through TV or the internet, but once you’re actually there and see those sky high waves you’ll probably doubt yourself if you should either go or not. You can go to small beaches first and practice there. A full moon is the best time to do it because waves can quickly get higher and higher because of the tide. Keep in mind that you won’t be wearing any life jacket while surfing so make sure that you know how to swim just in case something wrong will happen. Upper body strength is important so you’ll be able to pull yourself onto the board and transition your feet during surfing.
Bring the Essentials
Bring as little as possible with you if you go surfing. This is not a trip or a vacation or something where you really have to bring lots of things. Bring the essentials like dry clothes, towels, and of course food and water to enjoy. Some surfing beaches may offer you with free lunches as a part of the package but nothing hurts if you bring snacks right? Granola bars or Trail Mix are perfect snacks to fuel your body to help you get ready for those waves coming at you.
What to Expect
Depending on what surfing company you’re applying in, surfing lessons may vary. But most of these companies follow a basic lesson routine. You arrive at the beach, go to the surf store and you’re sized for boards and wetsuits. After that, you unload your things and wear your gear. You’ll be doing quick warmups like jumping jacks, jogging, squats and stretching. While still in land, you’ll be guided by the surfing instructor what to do once you hit the waves. This may look easy on paper, but it’ll be hard once you’re actually doing the real thing. Tides will become higher and higher unexpectedly from time to time so you really need to keep your body balanced all the time. That’s why being physically prepared is very important if you really want to try surfing.
Your body may be sore after all those trial and errors while surfing at the beach. It’s ok for a first timer, so make sure to get some rest thereafter. If you do plan to continue surfing the next day, take it easy this time to avoid getting bruises or any kinds of accidents in the water. Remember to take good care of your body all the time.