Surfing has become one of the fastest growing sports encouraging many to pick up and board and take to the waves, to see for themselves what it’s all about! However, this dynamic sport is more than just learning a new skill, it’s also learning a way of life. Understanding nature and the sea and how it all works. And for this reason, it becomes super important to learn the correct and safe way – as these are elements we cannot control. And so, sometimes ‘jumping in at the deep end’ may cause you more trouble than good when it comes to surfing. So, stick with us to find out how you can help yourself when getting into surfing and have some surf lessons in Bude on your holiday.
Understand the basics – have a surf lesson
Surfing can be like driving a car – it’s easy to pick up bad habits, which are then harder to try and get rid of. And so, if you learn the correct techniques right from the get-go when getting into surfing, this will progress you a lot further and quicker. Having a surf lesson is the best way to go. This means that you’ll get taught an efficient way to pop up, which will then allow for the best way to progress your technique to eventually surf those green waves! And hopefully bypassing all those bad habits before they start to appear. As a fully accredited Surfing England Surf school offering surf lessons in Bude, you can be assured our coaches will give you the best tuition possible.
Respect earns respect – surfing etiquette
You need to remember, that when you’re heading into the water, you won’t be the only one out. And so, it’s always important to not only protect yourself out there, but to also protect others. Which can be done by following the surfing etiquette correctly. This is almost like a worldwide language known to all surfers, which is taught and practiced, with an overall goal to ensure everyone has a good time as well as staying safe. The rules that coincide with this include, don’t paddle inside/snake, don’t drop in or ditch your surfboard and so on. It’s important to read and learn about this before you start to paddle out and catch green waves.
Having the correct equipment
Surfing is like any sport; you wouldn’t just jump on a super-bike without riding a moped first. So why surf a board smaller than you when you’re learning. Surfing is all about the wave count, the more waves you can catch, the greater progress you’ll make. And therefore, that’s why beginners will want to use foamboards or longboards that are wide, thick, long and have a flat rocker. As the more volume you have on a board (the amount of flotation the board has), the easier it’ll be to catch a wave. And that’s the real key to surfing – catching waves. Because you can’t get better without being on the wave. Which is why the greater wave count you have when getting into surfing, the better, and quicker you’ll progress.
Choosing an adequate surf spot
Just like using the correct equipment, it’s important to choose an adequate spot for you to surf. Ensuring it’s within your abilities, keeping you safe throughout your surf session. You can always do this through research, asking locals, or even speak to the lifeguards at the beach, because every beach is different. But when learning, you want to stick to ‘beach breaks’, meaning you’re surfing on sand.
However, beach breaks do mean that the sand banks; in which the waves break on, can move around often. And therefore, it’s always a good idea to surf at lifeguarded beaches. The lifeguards will have further knowledge of the sea and specific areas, where they can prevent beach goers from falling into rip currents etc. They’ll always be black and white chequered flags designated for any surfboards to go in-between when lifeguards are on duty. But again, this is something to be aware of, as these can also change position on the beach during the different stages of tide, (high through to low).
Practice makes perfect
And finally, the best way to learn is to get in the water as much as possible and practice! The learning curve for surfing can be much harder than other sports – think about it. In surfing, it’s not just getting up on the board, it’s about getting out past the waves which are constantly changing due to the elements, such as swell, tide and winds. Therefore, not one wave is the same, creating a challenging and dynamic playground! But allowing yourself to understand and accept this, will help you to adapt your attitude and expectations towards the learning process. Where you can still have fun throughout every session. Our surf coaches include safety information pin all of our lessons and can advise on the best place and time to surf, if you fancy some surf lessons in Bude please get on touch.