8 Steps to Start Surfing - Our Quick and Dirty Guide to Getting Your Feet Wet

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If you're brand spankin' new to the world of surfing and looking to get started but don't have ANY idea where to start, then this article is for you. If you've you been around the surfing world for ANY length of time then... go check your Facebook some more because this post will bore you. :) We get asked all the time, "I'm brand new and I don't have ANY idea where to start. What should I do?" So we wrote this very short little how-to for you. This is the basics people. It's not going to give you a whole lot of info it's just to get you started and not overwhelm you in the process. When you're ready, go download and read our surfboard guide "Surfboards 101" for more in depth info.

Step 1: Take 1 lesson. You really don't need to take more than one. What you do need is the fundamentals of waves, boards, and what it should feel like. You also want to make sure that surfing is a sport you're willing to commit to. After this you're ready to take the next step.

Step 2: For best results. Buy a longboard. You’ll never outgrow it, and when you’ve got droves of friends beating down your door to teach them surfing, that’s what you’ll start them on.

Quick rule of thumb: Get one that’s 3 feet taller than you.

Step 3: Get a surfboard leash. It’s safer than pegging someone in the face with a stray board.

Tip: Your leash should be the same size as your board.

Step 4: Wax your board (just the top side though). Use the right wax for your local water temp (it’ll say on the package).

Step 5: Check the surf report for the beach you intend to shred. Head out on small 2-3 foot wave days. If you’ve got a long commute, pack a garbage bag so you can store your wet gear without ruining your car.

Step 6: Suit up. Depending on your tolerance for cold, pull on a full wetsuit, spring suit, or beach wear & rash guard.

Step 7: ACTION. You’ll want to focus on catching waves first. Once you’re solidly locked into the wave, it’s much MUCH easier to stand. Look for waves that are just beginning the show white wash and position yourself in front of them, facing shore. Paddle like the dickens. Stand up once you feel the wave pulling you to shore, you sexy beast, you.

Hint: Don’t paddle for a wave that someone else has been waiting on. If they got there before you, they get first dibs on the wave. You can read our post on surf etiquette if you would like more info.

Step 8: Stay on target. If its your first time out, its easy to get discouraged if you aren’t catching waves. If it’s only been a few minutes, power through ---the more hours you put in, the faster you’ll become a great surfer. If you’ve been out for hours with no avail, grab a surfer friend and offer them a burrito in exchange for lessons.

Cleanup: Wash your wetsuit and board in clean freshwater. Sometimes your local beach will be nice enough to have shower stations. Use em.

Wipe off any residual water from your board and store your gear in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

If you follow these simple 8 steps, surfing will be something you fall in love with not just do over a vacation weekend. Cheers.

Garek Hurt
Garek Hurt



Garek Hurt
Garek Hurt

May 07, 2014

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Surfer Chick Chlozzz
Surfer Chick Chlozzz

May 07, 2014

This article actually helps a lot, imma 14 year old girl thts ready to start surfing … again!
I had surf lessons in like primary school but haven’t surfed since then coz I moved.
But I moved back so I really want to get back into surfing, my Dad has always been, like, obsessed with surfing, and he was really goood, but he hurt his arm nd can’t surf anymore, can’t wait till summer, it’s Spring now and it’s been raining, with the beaches closed coz of dangerous waves nd stuff.
I looked up so many how-to sites on surfing so tht I don’t look like a complete kook out there, and so far, this one has been the best.
All the best, ride those waves, stay stoked and live ur life to the max!
Chlozzz out.

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