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Surfing 101
Skimboarding 101


Choosing A Board
  • Beginners should choose a board 12 to 24 longer than their height.
  • Longer and wider boards make learning easier and are better at catching smaller waves.
  • More board width will give you greater stability.
  • Thicker boards give greater flotation.
  • Funshapes, Mini-Longboards, and Longboards are best for beginners.
  • Softboards offer additional safety due to their softer decks, rails, and fins.

  • How to Surf

  • Start on a day when the surf is small.
  • Stretch your muscles before entering the water.
  • Most surf breaks will have a channel of deep water, which will be the easiest way out.
  • Look for a lull in the waves when paddling out.
  • As the wave approaches you should start to paddle into the wave. When you start to feel the momentum of the wave push you, you should stand up.
  • Stay low to the board and keep hands out for balance.
  • After you feel confident standing it is time to start riding the face of the wave. Stand up and turn the board toward the face of the wave. (This will require a lot of practice).
  • Duck-diving is a technique used when paddling out. When the white water of a wave is coming at you push down on the front of the board and use your knee to push down on the back of the board. This will enable the water to rush over you, but not push you back. (This maneuver will take time to master).
  • Surfing will take time to master. The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself and be safe.

  • Surfing Safety

  • Surfing is a very enjoyable and rewarding sport but proper safety procedures need to be followed whenever you enter the water.
  • The ocean currents and waves are unpredictable and dangerous. Carelessness and accidents can cause serious injury or death.
  • Never surf alone.
  • Watch out for other surfers and swimmers.
  • Surf only at guarded beaches.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Check weather conditions.
  • Children should always be under the supervision of an adult.