Want to discover how to water surf but have no idea where to begin? Deciding to take surfing lessons is all about taking your surfing to the next level no matter how much experience — or lack of experience — you have. It’s all about dominating fear, discovering water safety, broadening your ocean and wave understanding, and returning to the true essence of surfing — enjoyable and relaxation!
You’re never too old to learn how to water surf. People of all ages are drawn to the majesty of our gorgeous oceans. If you feel the call of the sun and surf pumping through your veins, it’s time to find an instructor.
Learning to Surf– Finding an Instructor
The web is a fantastic place to find instructors and research study their backgrounds and qualifications. Regardless of your reason for choosing a surfing teacher there are a couple of things that you must think about: A long history of surfing (preferably expertly to some degree), updated emergency treatment accreditation and an extensive understanding of wave, weather and wind conditions (which ought to be commensurate with the instructor’s experience, i.e. The more time that they’ve been invested in the water, the greater their understanding of the ocean and weather).
There are numerous excellent surfing trainers throughout the world and we are fortunate to have a few of these great instructors right here in Myrtle Beach. Some of them have been involved in competitive surfing or have at least invested sufficient time in the water to have a sound understanding of the demands of the sport.
If you’re on vacation at the beach and simply want to experience surfing as a vacation activity then you shouldn’t have trouble finding a local surfer or local surf school that can provide you a fast rundown of the essentials and offer you a quick trip or more on a board. In a few of the more prominent surfing areas you’ll likely even be able to find a professional surfer to direct you to your very first wave.
If you’re a bit more serious about your surfing, or want the total water surfing experience in the hands of a real professional, there are lots of professional/ex-professional surfers who can assist your development as a surfer and help you to obtain the most from your surfing experience.
Whether you’re a beginner and very damp behind the ears, or a professional surfer in your own right, experienced specialists can help you refine your abilities and establish your individual style, giving you more confidence in the water and in your ability to navigate waves and the surf zone.
Depending on how serious you are with the sport, you’ll be able to choose from surfing lessons of a couple of hours at a time to surfing centers and camps for more intensive training. You can learn to stand on a board and capture a small wave in a day, or work on kind, style and ocean awareness with surfing legends over the area of several days to a week or more.
Never Surf Alone
You may be fired up and all set to water surf, but don’t jump the gun. It may be appealing– specifically in a beach location or if you have friends that surf– to simply grab a surfboard and go all out.
This is a bad idea for two reasons: One, it’s a lot easier to find the right way to do things at first than to correct bad practices and, two, you don’t wish to spend your hard earned income on surfing gear (and, in specific, on a surfboard) before you’ve had some training and experience, due to the fact that you won’t understand exactly what board best fits your style of surfing.
Lots of surf schools will offer equipment for you to experiment with. If you encounter one that does not then it’s possible to rent the required equipment from a surf store. Have a number of lessons initially, maybe attempt a couple of different surfboards of different sizes and shapes, then test a little more to see what board is best for you. Your teacher should also be happy to provide you some guidance about where to start.
Another excellent reason to not go it alone initially is due to the fact that surfing, like any sport, can be harmful for the uninitiated. The amazing power of the ocean doesn’t discriminate according to experience as well as little breaks can have hazardous rips and currents. It’s far much safer at all times to just swim and surf in the company of fellow beach goers.
Any surf instructor worth their salt will ensure that you just surf in conditions that are safe for your level of experience. Aside from the possibility that a serious spill may put you off surfing for awhile, big water surfing without the needed experience is careless at well, suicidal at worst– never ever surf in conditions you aren’t all set for, and only experiment under the watchful eye of an expert web surfer or an experienced pal!
A lot of surfers will tell you that surfing is more than just a sport; it’s an existential experience, the ultimate rush, and it can be addictive. So get a teacher, fit up, get a board and head to the beach!
Downwind Surf and Paddleboard is open for the 2016 season! Stop by and check out our surfboards for rent and sign up to take a lesson.
Downwind Surf & Paddleboard Company
2985 S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577