Hitting a wave right is one of the best feelings in the world.
At that moment, it’s nothing but you, the sea and your board. Everything else tends to switch off and you can fully appreciate the moment and beauty that’s around you.
If you’re new to surfing, we know you want nothing more than to just get started and jump straight into the sea. But to be safe, there are a few tips that you should know to make sure you make the most of your surfing experience.
1. Get a qualified trainer to teach you
No matter how easy it looks, you should never learn to surf alone.
Always enlist the help of a qualified instructor to show you the ropes and give you the tips you need to stay safe. Although some of it may seem like a waste of time, like how to attach and correctly get on your surfboard, they are essential.
And, when you think about how 45% of surfing injuries are caused by coming into contact with the surfboard, it’s worth listening to every word that they say.
2. Don’t go ahead of your experience level
Know what level your surfing is at and don’t try and achieve more than you’re capable of.
You may see more experienced surfers tackling bigger waves or trying cool tricks, but if you’re not ready for them yet, stay clear.
There are plenty of beaches around Australia that are perfect for beginners, such as First Point Noosa in Queensland.
3. Beware of rip currents
Rip currents are currents of water that are travelling back towards the sea. They’re strong and fast-paced, which means if you get stuck in one, you’ll find yourself being pulled out.
Rip currents are dangerous – but avoidable if you know what you’re looking for. Because they occur from shallower banks of water, rip currents usually look like waveless channels of water (often discoloured) sandwiched between the normal ocean.
If you find yourself in one, don’t panic. Turn yourself a perpendicular angle away from the current and start to paddle. Don’t directly face or go against it. It’s too much hard work and will wear you out quickly without getting you away from the current.
4. Never go it alone
Always have someone with you when you’re surfing.
Accidents are rare, but they do happen. That’s why you should always have someone with you to make sure that you’re alright and stay safe during your time out in the sea.
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Make sure you remember these tips as you enjoy your surfing experience.
It’s also worth making sure that you know your own limits and take regular breaks. Surfing is hard work and won’t be any fun if you’re too tired or dehydrated to make the most of it.
So, keep yourself healthy and safe, and enjoy catching those waves.