The first thing you need to be clear about is that Surfing is much more than a leisure activity.
It is actually a lifestyle that combines sport, love for nature and passion for the sea.
Catching waves and surfing them is exciting but it is only part of the experience.
Having the opportunity to connect with the sea, enjoy the sun and the sea breeze, feeling in harmony with nature is what makes Surfing an activity that you will want to continue enjoying for life.
To start learning surfing can be an unforgettable experience, but it is not easy.
It can even be a long, slow, and sometimes frustrating process.
However, when you finally manage to stand up on your surfboard, slide on the waves and feel the freedom and energy of the sea, you understand that the effort has been worth it.
And, from that moment on, fun is guaranteed.
What do I need to know to surf like a pro?
To master surfing, you not only need to keep your balance on the board, it is essential to learn to recognize the best waves and to catch them at the right time to make the most of them.
Physical training, knowing the correct techniques, the indicated places to practice Surf according to your level and the sea conditions are essential to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
You can jump into the sea and try to learn to surf on your own, but if you are a beginner I recommend that you take Surf lessons with professionals.
A good surf instructor, is one who guides you and transmits not only their knowledge but also their passion for the sea and for sport.
Thus, from the beginning, you will learn the correct techniques that will lead you to improve your style much faster while receiving the best advice.
You can learn to surf at any age, in fact sharing a family surf course is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your lives.
What material can I not miss?
Apart from the board there are other objects that will make your surfing more pleasant.
Some, like the leash, wax, neoprene and sun protection are essential and that is why it is important that you know them well.
I present them to you:
The leash, your best friend.
It is a rope that will keep your calf or your ankle attached to your board and will prevent you from having to swim to it every time you fall, which will not be few. It will also prevent you from hurting other surfers if you lose your board.
It will help you to have a better grip on your board and not to slip.
There are several formulas, tropical, hot, warm and cold, depending on the temperature of the water where you surf.
The colder the water, the less hard the wax will have to be.
I recommend that you give your board a wax pass before each surf session.
And please, do not leave your board in the sun and much less in the sand, unless you want to find it made a croquette.
If there is an element in which you should invest, it is, without hesitation, your wetsuit.
Everything else can be second-hand, even your board, but if you want to enjoy surfing you must make sure that your suit fits your body like a glove and that way you will not be cold.
If you feel comfortable you will spend more time in the water and improve your style much faster.
We all know the benefits of sun protection, in the case of surfing it is especially important because we are not only exposed for hours to the sun’s rays but also to the reflection in the water.
Don’t let sunburn ruin your surfing practice, much less your health.
Remember to apply it before entering the water and put it back on every time you go out.
How do I choose the ideal surfboard?
If there is an element that you cannot miss when it comes to surfing, it is a board.
Whether owned or rented, choosing the most appropriate according to our level, our physique and our surf style can be a dilemma.
Foam, longboards, shortboards, evolutive, funboard, fish, malibu …
There’s no accounting for taste
And for Surfboards here are our tips:
If you have never surfed, choose a big, wide and thick board like the Longboard.
With these boards you need fewer paddles to catch the waves and it is also easier to stand up because they are very stable and sink less.
If you are going to buy it, I recommend that it be second-hand because it is very likely that you will hit it several times before mastering the technique.
But don’t worry, they’ll be great for learning to patch.
Malibu and mini-longboards are ideal for beginners with some experience
Like the Longboards they maintain buoyancy but, being a little shorter, they give you more freedom of movement.
Ideal for days with small or lazy waves.
They will help you polish your technique so that you can later use more advanced boards with less drag.
Finally there are the evolutionary ones
Designed for not so novice surfers who are already starting to make their first steps on the waves.
They are even shorter boards than the previous ones but they maintain excellent stability.
If you already experienced the take off and foam technique this is your board.
As you gain experience, your board will have to get smaller, thinner and narrower.
This will allow you to do more advanced maneuvers and move more freely between the waves.
And if you are going to travel with your board, a good cover will prevent it from being damaged and you have to repair it.
It is important that it is a well padded cover, at least 10 mm thick to absorb shocks and thus ensure that you will enjoy your Surf vacation.
How to learn to surf in record time?
Practicing regularly is always the best strategy if you want to see short-term results.
At least once a month you have to take a dip and refresh what you have learned.
In the case of living far from the sea, an interesting option is to practice sliding sports that can help you improve your surfing technique out of the water.
Taking an intensive surf course of several days can be a great idea.
Not only will it give you a solid foundation and enough experience to start enjoying the waves, but you will also have an unforgettable vacation.
And if what you are looking for is to surf at any time of the year, on beaches with warm waters and temperatures that do not drop below 20ºC, both in and out of the water, Lanzarote is an unbeatable option.
In its 250 kilometers of coastline there is room for surfers of all levels.
Thanks to its waves, considered some of the best in Europe, its paradisiacal beaches and its volcanic landscape, it is known as the Hawaii of the Atlantic.
If you want to learn to surf, become infected with our passion for the sea and live an unforgettable experience, at Kaboti Surf we have the Surf course that best suits your needs.
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