At Twintip, we are keen to see everyone being active and doing what they love. But sometimes, it can be hard to love a sport that has a tough learning curve! We have pulled together Barefootsurf’s top tips to help you make progress in the surf this summer and accelerate your learning.
#1 The Learning Curve
Before you start surfing, you must know this: surfing is one of the most difficult and complex sport in the world. Think about it. Not one wave is the same, so your playground is constantly changing. Elements such as wind, tides and swells are affecting the waves you surf differently every single day.
It’s a very challenging and enjoyable learning process. Once you catch your first “green wave”, that’s it, you’re hooked! Knowing the learning curve helps you prepare your attitude and expectations towards your surfing. Contrarily to snowboarding, for example, there’s no moment at the 3rd day where you think “Ok, I got this” and then very rarely fall again. In surfing, you will wipe-out for years.
#2 The Importance Of Your Surfboard
In any sport, having the right equipment helps you perform. But surfing is different. It can make the difference between surfing 20 waves or 0 waves in your session.
Choosing the right surfboard will completely change the experience.It’s not about having the “brand new model”. It’s about having the right volume and rocker. The volume is the measurement of how much flotation the board has. It’s a function of length, width and thickness. Basically, when you start surfing, you want lots of volume (choose either a longboard or a foamboard, boards that are wide, thick, long and have a flat rocker).
#3 Choose The Adequate Surf Spot
This is extremely important. It can determine whether you have the best time of your life, or the worst. Many surfers will tell you: “start on a beach break, it’s safer”. This is true, but only to a certain extent. Of course it’s better to fall on sand then on rocks or coral reef. But the truth is, there are some sandy beach breaks for advanced surfers, and some rocky point breaks for beginner surfers. To make things even more confusing, some spots can be perfect to learn on some days, and on other days only be good for experts. It all depends on the wave conditions. Check with your local Twintip expert to get a feel for the best surfspots for you in your area.
#4 Have Someone To Show You The Basic Technique
As seen on point #1, surfing is one of the most complex and technical sports in the world so its important to get the best advice early. Getting an expert to show you the ropes will help you get on your feet sooner, help you understand the best time and places to surf and ultimatley, enjoy surfing a lot more. Click explore to find someone to help you!
#5 Learn About Surf Ethics
There are three golden rules:
- Don’t Drop In – The drop in is the main violation of surf ethics. It’s the one we see way too often. Basically, it means “stealing” somebody else’s wave. Quality waves are meant to be ridden by only 1 surfer. This way the lone surfer can enjoy specific powerful areas of the wave, where only 1 surfer can fit.
- Choose The Right Spot For Your Ability
- Respect The Locals – If you are new to surfing, you might not know this. Every surf spot has its own “vibe”. Some spots are more “localized” then others.This means some local surfers are more “inviting” to strangers than others, and this varies in different surf spots. Just always remember: you are not home. These surfers might have been surfing these waves for years, since they are kids. When you get to a surf spot, take time to feel and analyse the vibe. Be positive, respectful and unselfish. Share waves and don’t drop in!