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What are some good tips for starting to learn to surf…..
Surfing is A lot harder than it looks from the each. Most time surfing is spent paddling. Either paddling out through the break or paddling to catch a wave. You don't have to paddle up the hill to snowboard or skate. Buying a board is about the very last thing a beginner should do. Before you even think about surfing, there are some things you should understand. Surfing is an ocean sport, that should only be practiced by persons who are already competent ocean swimmers. Swimming in a pool is neat, but it's not ocean swimming, with undertows, rip tides and sometimes BIG waves. I have seen lots of great pool swimmers get rescued. So, my first tip on how to surf is to be at home in the ocean.There are way too many dangerous people in the water now. They are a danger to themselves and other surfers, don't join their ranks.
You may already have the ocean skills, we don't know too much about you.
Lessons are the best way to start. Lessons can come from a professional instructor, or surfing family members or experienced surfing friends. You have to learn surf etiquette (so the experienced surfers in the line up don't want to drown you), how to paddle and take off on a wave, and how to ride a wave. The last thing experienced surfers want is for inexperienced people to just grab a board, rush into the surf and get in our way. Lessons shorten the learning curve significantly. And they help keep ignorant, un-prepared kooks out of the water and out of the way of more experienced surfers.
Beginners should take advantage of renting boards and wetsuits while taking lessons. If it turns out you don't like surfing, you haven't wasted a whole lot of money on gear that you are not going to use. When you are ready to buy, don't waste your time on line, go to a good local surf shop to discuss your size (weight is import, height isn't), skill level and local wave conditions. After 44 years of surfing, I still get my surfboard buying advice from good local shops in the places where i surf. A surf shop is also the best place to find information on instructors.
Almost ALL instructors will start you off on a longboard. It is just too difficult for most people to learn how to surf on a short board. Most get quickly discouraged, and just quit. Now, over the years, I have seen some young surfers start out on short boards and master them in time. There are no RULES on what kind of board you learn on, but it's just common sense to learn on a long board.
When you are ready to buy your own board, please avoid popouts in general, and especially popouts made in third world country sweat shops by People who have probably never seen the ocean. Http://bp3.blogger.com/_hPACOtZKKko/RkST…
Herre is why to avoid ALL popouts:http://www.mckevlins.com/nopopstory.htm
Anybody who would give you SPECIFIC advice as to what size or type board to buy on-line is foolish. Anybody who would take that advice is more foolish
And, I know there are lots of nice kids who want to share information with you on line. But don't take the advice from youngsters, who may know even less than you do about surfing, a surfboard is a big investment. I hope you are mature enough to read through the BS that lots of people throw at you on line. You don't know anywhere near enough about surfboards to by one from an on-line web site without getting disappointed. Don't waste your time on line, go straight to the source, a good local shop. All decent shops has a good slection of used boards for sale, or they sell used boards on consignment.
I have been surfing since 1966, and it has provided a lifetime of fun for me. If you take the time to learn the right way, it will be a lifetime of fun for you too.Good Luck.
Okay. I'm going to Tel Aviv and I'll bring my shortboard surfboard. I've never surfed anything with a reef, and I'm used to walking out mostly and doing a little bit of paddling. How do you surf a reef!!
Reef breaks are more predictable than beachies so in many ways are easier to surf. The problem is that if you hit bottom it's going to hurt. Take your time to watch the wave for a while before you paddle out and never overestimate your skill level.
Besides VA Beach…
Or Northern NC.
Kind of a tricky question. Nearly the entire publicly accessible shoreline in Virginia is located in Virginia Beach. VB can be surfed in a number of different locations (North end, the Pier, First St, Croatan, Sandbridge ) but where it will be breaking is hard to determine for any lengthy period of time since they are all sand bar breaks and the bars move the best breaks are in tharound. You can even surf at some of the bay beaches if the swell angle is right. I surfed Buckroe Beach in Hampton on Monday and it was chest high (but choppy and windy).
The Eastern Shore probably has some phenominal surf but it is difficult to access and noone up there will tell you where its at.
So…pretty much you can either put up with surfing in VB or head to the Outer Banks.