better to rent your first surfboard rather than purchase
one before you've ever ridden a wave. Inexpensive surfboards
usually are worth every penny you spend, but renting
a surfboard from a local surf shop is the best and usually
the cheapest way at first.
not only cheaper, it's smart. You can always buy a surfboard
once you like it. A beginner's surfboard should be wide
and long, advanced surfers will progress into a narrower
and shorter board, you will have have to catch a few
to progress into a shorter board. To reduce the chances
for injury, some surf instructors put beginners on boards
made out of a soft foam. Soft-deck boards seem to work
best and don't weigh much. The ideal would be to find
an old surfboard that floats you like a barge or "battleship".
Find a surfboard at least as tall as your hand raised
above your head. A leash prevents your board from getting
away from you and hurting others, you must pay attention
to the board returning back at you.
wet suit is necessary if the water is colder than 65
degrees. You can always borrow or rent a wet suit, but
remember that rubber suits restrict your arm and shoulder
movements and can make learning to surf more difficult.
beginners wait until Summer and until the sun comes
out. Recruiting an instructor The best way to get started,
or persuade a friend who surfs to help you learn the
little tricks that will make your first attempts less
frustrating, and successes shared.
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