Welcome to the world of surfing! There’s a reason this sport is one of the most popular among coastal dwellers. Surfing is a great way to connect with nature, get a fantastic workout, and build relationships with others who enjoy the activity.
However, here are the three beginner’s tips you should know before diving headfirst into the sport and renting a surfboard from Dante’s Beach Rentals during your next trip to New Smyrna Beach.
1. Condition Before You Start Surfing
You’ve probably noticed how physically fit surfers tend to be. You’re not alone if fitness is part of why you decided to get into surfing in the first place.
With that being said, building up your surfing skills will be much easier if you go into it with good physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. For example, a strong abdomen will help you balance on your board as you ride the waves.
If you’re looking for an easy way to build some muscle or stamina before you take up surfing (and have some fun in the sun at the same time), try out New Smyrna Beach bicycle rentals with Dante’s Beach Rentals! Bike riding is an excellent low-impact exercise good for fitness fanatics and workout newbies alike.
2. Be Patient (and Persistent)
Great surfers make the sport look easy, but in reality, surfing is one of the most physically challenging activities out there. It will take time to develop your skills.
Even if you are generally fit and have a good sense of balance, you’re likely to wipe out more than a few times throughout your surfing journey. Though it can be frustrating, keep getting back on your board, and you’ll see your abilities start to improve with regular practice.
3. Understand Waves and Ocean Flow
You don’t need to be an ocean expert to be a great surfer. However, a basic understanding of how waves tend to behave could be extremely helpful as you start to practice surfing.
Some of the most important concepts include:
- Clean-up set
- Set breaks
Look toward the horizon rather than the beach while you’re surfing. That way, you can be fully prepared for each wave. Remember, each wave is different, and the more surfing experience you get, the more you’ll be able to predict wave size, rips, swells, and other phenomena before they happen.