Do you just love water sports but surfing simply is something that you never tried before? Have you decided that you want to try it this summer so you are ready to receive some guidance on where to begin and what to pay attention to? Well, here are a few things that you should know before you start surfing.
1. There is a learning curve, so expect this to apply to you. Surfing is a very complex and difficult sport, so it clearly comes with a learning curve. This is because the playground is in a constant change, with elements such as the tides, the wind and the swells influencing on a constant basis.2. Choose the right surfboard- you can’t imagine how important the equipment is. The equipment can severely affect your performance, so choosing the right type of surfboard, the one that perfectly suits your skills and needs can influence your experience. If you are a beginner, you need something with plenty of volume, something wide, thick and long. The more experienced surfers prefer thinner boards because these are lighter but as a beginner, stick to something wider.
2. Get the help of a professional. There is a basic technique that all beginners are recommended to learn and you should have a professional show it to you and teach you all the tips and tricks. You might have some bad habits inherited from other sports and the professional can explain you why you should get rid of these first before moving forward.
3. Surf ethics. Surfing can be a dangerous sport for various reasons. The good thing is that lots of accidents, many of these very severe, can be avoided with the help of surf ethics. There are certain rules which need to be respected if you want to be safe and respected at the same time. For example:
- Don’t drop in; this means stealing another surfer’s wave.
- Choose the spot according to your ability.
- Respect the locals. Some spots are frequented by locals and some of these locals might be very inviting while others are quite reticent to tourists. Make sure that you respect them and give them enough space and you will surely be all right.
If you are quite new to this sport and you are willing to learn as fast as possible, joining a surf camp can help. There are several across Europe which clearly deserve your attention. For example, if you want to learn how to surf in Portugal, there is one place called Surfivor Camp which you are going to love. Check it out and we can assure you that you will like what they have to offer. Besides the fact that they provide everything and organize the camp from transportation to accommodation and equipment, they also set up lessons with experienced professionals and make sure that you have access to a wide selection of activities, such as city tour guides and yoga sessions or barbecue evenings. I know for sure that you will love it.