5 things to avoid your first time surfing

Thinking of giving surfing a shot this #summer? Good on ya! You're in for an #adventure and to make it a little smoother I'm throwing in five nuggets of wisdom guaranteed to make your session more excellent!

1.Choosing the right board

To the untrained eye, all #surfboards might look the same. You might be surprised to find that with surfing, size does matter. High-performance surfboards are going to feel a lot more wobbly and be more challenging (AKA damn near impossible) for beginner surfers.

My #advice:

A. Choose a surfboard that is 8ft or longer.

B. Find a board with an egg-shaped nose and tail. If the nose and tail of the board are narrow and pointy this will make it less stable when trying to stand up.

C. Soft-top or Sponge-top surfboards tend to be materials used on beginner boards. These are board intended to be as stable and smooth as possible. Brands like Wavestorm, Stormblade, and Catchsurf are all excellent choices


2. Pick the right beach

I really can't stress this one enough. So many people finally get the guts to try surfing only to paddle out into conditions that would make a pro shutter. It's important to realize that you will have enough to focus on out there without the added stress of monstrous waves. Fortunately picking the right beach can be easy. Look for smooth sandy beaches, small waves, and shallow water. If you can see beachgoers playing in the water and the waves break waist-high, that's a good spot to start. Avoid obstacles like rocks or pier pillars.

3. lifeguard on duty

Take full advantage of these amazing professionals and choose a shore that has a lifeguard looking out for you. Exotic and rural beaches might some tempting but nothing beats the added security of knowing someone on the shore has eyes on you when your dropping in.

All #Baywatch jokes aside... Lifeguards are awesome and an amazing resource. Choose beaches that participate in the lifeguard program.


4. other surfers

Not only can the lineup be crowded with other surfers but if you've chosen a beach with small waves and a lifeguard on duty, those other surfers might be just at the same performance level as you! Keep a safe and healthy distance from other surfers. About 6 feet on either side is recommended.

Surfing is an amazingly complex sport and well worth the reward. Between the moving waves, everchanging tides, and non-stop adrenalin rush, it becomes more than a balancing act... It's an art. Give yourself permission to wipeout and enjoy every single wave on your journey to becoming a pro! Although you might not see it in the movies, professionals wipe out ALL OF THE TIME! Wipeouts make us better surfers and make for the best stories. So give yourself a positive mindset and room to grow at a realistic pace.

Surfing is an amazingly complex sport and well worth the reward. Between the moving waves, everchanging tides, and non-stop adrenalin rush, it become more than a balancing act... It's an art. Give yourself permission to wipeout and enjoy every single wave on your journey to becoming a pro! Although you might not see it in the movies, professionals wipe out ALL OF THE TIME! Wipeouts make us better surfers and make for the best stories. So give yourself a positive mindset and room to grow at a realistic pace.


I have to mention that if you would like to shave some time off the learning curve, you can take a lesson with a professional coach. If you are in the Greater Los Angeles Area like #Santamonicabeach, #Malibubeach, #Manhattanbeach, or #Venicebeach you can take a lesson with us at #CalibungaSurfLessons


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Calibunga™ is a surf school operating out of Los Angeles County Beaches. We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfing lessons for longboard and shortboard. Group lessons and discounts available as well as lessons packages. Sign-ups for all ages available and wetsuit and surfboard rental. For more information or to schedule your lessons please visit www.calibungasurflessons.com or give us a call at 8218-810-7084.










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