With the weather finally starting to improve across the UK, it’s safe to say that summer has finally arrived. This means many of us who have been waiting for warmer temperatures and sunshine can finally breathe a sigh of relief! It’s set to be another year of staycations, what with the uncertainty over foreign travel and the incredible destinations that we have right on our doorstep in the UK. In particular, we have some truly spectacular beaches that offer the perfect opportunity to try your hand at surfing and learn a new skill.
With that in mind, Booicore provides some top tips on how to get into surfing:
Pick the Right Beach
With many different beaches only a drive away, it’s essential to research which one is best for your skill level. Several beaches are great for beginner surfers across Devon, Cornwall and even North Yorkshire. While it would be great to ride the big waves, be realistic with your plans based on your current skill level.
Learning to surf can take time, so pick a beach that is suited to a beginner. The more popular the beach you choose, the more crowded it is likely to be, so it might be beneficial to see which ones are less popular than others. This can give you plenty of room to practice and no massive audience if you feel you’ll be susceptible to a bit of stage fright!
The Right Kit
Whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner, having the right kit is essential. A soft-top surfboard is a great entry-level board. Thanks to its soft top, when you get hit with your board, and you will, your body won’t take such a beating. You will also want to invest in a wetsuit, long or short, because even when the weather in the UK is excellent, the sea can still be surprisingly chilly – especially if you want to stay out in the waves for a few hours.
Make sure you invest in a surf leash as well. They are an essential item when it comes to safety, and whilst they may take some getting used to, they have the potential to save your life.
Other things you will need to take with you are of course a change of clothes, a changing robe and a kit bag.
Invest in Lessons
Surf lessons are available on many of the beaches, particularly nearer to popular tourist hubs. Investing in a few classes can mean starting on the right foot and learning those all-important basics properly with someone to guide you.
Check the Weather
The weather can change quickly; it isn’t enough to look out of the window and see clear skies. If you want to surf, it is vital to check what the weather will be like later and whether strong winds are expected or clear skies and no breeze all day. The weather can affect surfing conditions, so do your preparation first.
Watch the Waves
Before you get into the water, spend a little time watching the waves to see precisely what they do. This will make it easier to know how the waves break and where.
Finally, as with any other type of exercise, don’t forget to warm up first. This will help prevent muscle cramps during your surfing session and will also help you to avoid some of those uncomfortable aches and pains the next day. This could allow you to get back out on the water to enjoy your new hobby all that much sooner.
*Photos by Daniel Torobekov