Steps to getting started in surfing

Written By Steps To Faculty Published September 7th, 2010

Do you want to something daring? Have you considered surfing? If so, then you will be surprised to know how simple it is to get started. If you live in an area that does not have a coast, for example Montana or Nebraska, you might want to consider starting at a beach area where there are waves that you can ride on. If you already live near a beach area that has varying wave length’s then you are almost there. The following steps and a little practice are all you need.

Step 1 Get a trainer

If you have never surfed before, the best approach to get started in surfing is to hire a trainer to show you the ropes for the first few times you try to surf. By doing so, you not only will have a trained professional help you learn, but you will also be safer in the event an unexpected riptide throws you off balance. If you live near a coast line, such as in California, Florida, or the Carolinas, there are many trainers right on the beach, just ask the lifeguard nearby. The trainers usually have starter gear for you to rent so you do not need to purchase them upfront.

Step 2 Get your gear

You will need a surfboard, protective gear, a wetsuit, and goggles. It is important that the wetsuit fit tightly to ensure your body temperature remains intact as you will be out in the water for hours at a time. These items can be found at or

Step 3 Begin off-peak

You do not want to try surfing when there is a crowd. You will feel more comfortable and also have more room to learn to surf.

Step 4 Pick the right spot

A slow and moist sand bottom waters are the best places to begin to learn to surf. Be sure the waves do not rise past your mid waist. Generally mid waist to knee is the best place to continue your surfing practice until you become a master. A long beach front with varying wave lengths is optimal at this stage. Also, be sure to avoid any region that is rocky or has deep waters. If you are not a pro, surfing can be complex and if there is an obstacle such as a rock, this can be life threatening.

Step 5 Invite a friend

Until you have has at least 100 hours of surf time, always bring a friend or a professional along in case something occurs. Not only will you have more fun, but there will be someone else to cover you in case of an emergency or accident.

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