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Surfing is a popular water sport. Here's a basic guide on how to get started:



  1. Choose the right surfboard: It's important to choose a surfboard that is appropriate for your skill level and the type of waves you'll be surfing. Beginners should start with a larger and thicker board for stability, while more experienced surfers may prefer a smaller, more maneuverable board.

  2. Learn the basics: Before you hit the waves, it's a good idea to learn the basics of surfing such as paddling, pop-ups, and wave selection. You can learn these skills through a beginner's surfing lesson or by watching instructional videos.

  3. Paddle out: To get to the waves, you'll need to paddle out on your surfboard. Paddle with your hands to warm up and conserve energy, and then switch to using a "duck dive" to get through incoming waves.

  4. Position yourself: Once you're past the breaking waves, position yourself so that you're facing the oncoming waves and ready to catch one. Look for a wave that has a clear peak and isn't too steep or fast.

  5. Catch the wave: When you see a wave that you want to ride, paddle hard to build up speed and then pop up to a standing position as quickly as possible. Place your front foot near the center of the board and your back foot near the tail.

  6. Balance and control: Once you're up and riding, focus on maintaining your balance and controlling the board. Keep your weight forward and use your back foot to steer the board in the direction you want to go.

  7. Ride the wave: Enjoy the ride! Keep your eyes on the horizon and try to stay in the "sweet spot" of the wave, where you can maintain your speed and control. When the wave begins to close out, jump off the board or "bail out" to avoid getting hit by the incoming whitewater.

Remember, surfing can be dangerous, especially for beginners. Always take necessary precautions such as wearing a leash, wearing a proper wetsuit, and never surfing alone.


We offer surf lessons in Pismo Beach California. If you have any question please reach out to us serenewaterssurfadventures.com. We also teach surf lessons in Orange County, CA (Dana Point, San Clemente, Laguna). Please reach out of you have questions or need help getting started.

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