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Surfing is a great way to enjoy yourself at the beach, but precautions must be made.
1 How To Surf
Get a surfboard and wet suit if possible by buying or even renting it. There's nothing that can turn you off surfing quicker than icy cold water or losing your bikini while you're surfing. Your first board should be a foam board; fiber glass ones can hurt people if you lose control of them. Longboards, 8 feet or more, are a must when learning.Try to get the cheapest board possible. It doesn't matter if you got it at a garage sale or it's all scratched and dented. As long as it looks usable, then you should go for it and save your money for a better board later. Good deals are usually available on used boards.
2 How To Surf
Go to a surf spot for beginners. Ask your local surf shop, or surfers at advanced surf breaks where beginners should surf. They will be happy to point you to an appropriate spot. As a beginner in an advanced or intermediate surf spot, you could be a danger to yourself and others.
3 How To Surf
Practice lying on the board on the sand. Make sure you're not next to the waves or they'll wash you down.
Lie belly-down on the board so that your body is lined up straight down the middle of the board. You should have a couple of inches between your feet and the back end of the board.
5 How To Surf
Put your board down on the sand and practice the paddling motion and getting up before you head out on the water.
6 How To Surf
To get up, you lie in the middle of the board, with your hands on either side of you near your chest. In one quick, explosive motion, push your body up with your arms and bring your feet to where your waist used to be. Depending on which foot comes naturally in front, you'll be either a "regular" or "goofyfoot." Regular means that your left foot is in front, goofyfoot means your right foot is.
7 How To Surf
You can practice standing up in your basement, in your room, in your yard, on the beach, etc.
8 How To Surf
When you're ready to go out in the waves, walk your board out until you're about waist- or chest-deep, then lie on your stomach on the board and paddle (using your arms the same way as when you swim freestyle) straight into the waves. Do not get going sideways even a little bit or the waves will knock you over. Stay perpendicular to the oncoming waves.
9 How To Surf
Turn the board (and yourself) around by paddling hard on the side that you want to turn away from. So, if you want to turn to your right, paddle hard with your left hand on your left side. Remember to keep your body straight and far back on the board. (Depending on how well you balance you could also try sitting on the board. To do this, slide yourself up from the lying position to a lower part on the board, with your feet dangling over the sides of your board. Keep your hands in front of you, smack dab in the middle of the board to keep your balance. To turn yourself, paddle your ankles/feet/calves in circles to go either way).
10 How To Surf
Now the waves are coming from behind you. Don't let them take you by surprise! That could be very dangerous. Turn your head and watch for them. Sitting up on your board will help you keep better track of the waves. When you see one about to break start paddling. You want to try to get the wave before it breaks, so you have time to get up on the board.
11 How To Surf
When you get the feel for the speed of the wave and it begins to break, go through the motions that you practiced on the sand. Crouch slowly and stand quickly. You will probably slide off, but do not be deterred. You will eventually get it. Try standing on your knees for the first few tries to get the feel for it.
12 How To Surf
Keep practicing. This could take anywhere from a few hours to a couple weeks to get the hang of. If you really can't get the hang of it, get some surf lessons or go to a surf camp. There's no shame in improvement or getting help.
13 How To Surf
It will take some time to find your center of balance for paddling and sitting, but it will come eventually. Obviously, if you're too far forward on the board, the nose, or front tip, will sink. But, if you're too far back, you can't paddle as well. Make sure that before you're even thinking of surfing, that you are proficient in swimming.
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