Feel like a local. Learn to surf!
29 April 2018
Okay, we will be honest. Surfing isn’t something you’re likely to just “pick up,” but most of us have it on their bucket list. Who wouldn’t want to ride a wave? We’ve put some tips together for a beginner surfer, to prompt you to start the adventure! What better way to feel like local than to surf like one? Just remember nobody ever jumped on a surfboard for the first time and managed a barrelling overhead wave.
(1) Don’t Learn by Yourself.
No matter how easy you think it looks, don’t try approach surfing by yourself. Either get an experienced friend to teach you or go to a surf instructor at the local beach to avoid yourself getting hurt out there without anyone helping.
(2) Get a big Surfboard
This has to be one of the best tips for a beginner. Some people are tempted to jump on smaller, shorter boards as quick as possible. These bigger boards are all the trend now! A large board will help you develop better fundamental mechanics and you’ll catch a lot more waves in the early stages.
(3). Surf a Beginners Wave
Now just because you’ll be catching a lot more waves with your bigger waves doesn’t mean you’re experienced enough to challenge yourself yet. Using a beach that is appropriate for beginning surfers is crucial to your surfing success. Head to Ballito main beach and catch the small waves!
(4). Spend Some Time on Dry Land First
Don’t rush into the water. Check your leash, you board and also take a moment to watch the waves. Keep your eye on the other surfers and see what they do. You may even like to learn the basics on land first – such as the mechanic of paddling, getting onto one knee then standing up.
(5) Watch out for the locals
Keep your distance from experienced surfers, mainly because they’re surfing more challenging waves. As a beginner, you’re prone to making lots of mistakes, and you’ll want to avoid getting in people’s way.
(6) Paddle, Paddle, Paddle
Practice until you get it right. The key is to find a rhythm and to keep it. Paddling is an important part of getting onto the wave. Enjoy your view when you’ve paddled out! This is what surfing is all about.
(7) Get Used to Wiping Out
We’re afraid to say it, but get used to wiping out. It will happen a lot in the beginning but it is completely normal. You will fall, and fall, and fall…and then you’ll fall some more. All you need to remember is that it’s all part of the game.
(8) Bend at the Knees
When you’re on the wave, it is imperative that you bend your knees and not your back. If you bend your back, you’ll not just lose your balance.
(9) Lastly, just have fun
No matter what you do and where you are, if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth it.
Feel like a local with Dash.
The Dash Team
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