Questions and Answers
I live on the shore in new jersey and i wanna know which is the best month to start surfing? What time of day is also the best for surfing? And what are the ideal conditions for surfing?
Welcome to surfing. I started surfing at the Jersey shore in 1966. Actually, right about now there are probably some of the best waves of the year. But, trust me, this isn't the time of year to start in NJ. The air temperaure is 26 and the water is 38.
If you live at the shore, I guess if you live at the shore, you are already familiar with the ocean. If not, 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.
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.
The watre wil;l still be pretty cold until the beginning of June. It usually doesn't get to the high 50s until around Memorial Day weekend. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds of great surf shops in New Jersey, with great instructors. 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.
There is no "BEST" time of day. There are are usually fewer people and nicer conditions early in the morning. Every break is different, and some are better at different tides. And, as a shore guy, I'm sure you know the time of the tides change every day. But you will learn all that on the beach from other surfers, and from the folks in local surf shops.
Maybe I'll see you in the line up thi summer. Good luck!
Would longboarding be considered surfing? You would say "I'm going longboarding" right? You wouldn't say "I'm going surfing" if you were really going longboarding right? I'm new to surfing. I feel like you start off on a longboard and then you choose which track you want to take-longboarding or surfing. In the long run, I want to be surfing, not longboarding. But today I got an 8 ft foam board since I'm a beginner. It says surfboard on it but technically it's a longboard right? Once I get better I'd be on a surfboard right? There are lots of questions in here and I would appreciate it if you would answer these as best as you can, maybe even compare and contrast the two.
Surfing just means a person is going to the beach with a board and riding it. It doesn't matter what board it is because surfing is surfing. If a person says "I'm going surfing", that person can use a long board, fun board, short board, foam board, soft tops, etc… Long board is pretty much used for cruising and a fun board is really great for beginners and also cruising. A short-board is for maneuvering and doing tricks. On a long board, you can do head stand, hand stand, hang ten, hang five, and a few more. Short boards are way harder than any other and I wouldn't advice starting with it. I've gotten a bit off topic since you said you were new to surfing and I hope this information helps.
I became super interested in wanting to surf, but idk where to start!!help please!!
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.
Lessons are the best way to start, unless you are a young adult or adolescent with surfing pals who can teach you. 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. There are already way too many dangerous people in the water. A danger to themselves and other surfers. Don't join their ranks.
Go to a real surf shop. The folks there can hook you up with lessons, and even rent you a board to learn on. (and, it's going to be either a longboard or a funboard [mini-mal]) Just work on your basics, and after you feel good, think about buying a board, but don't rush into anything. And, please don't waste your time (or money) buying something on line. Don't be in a rush to buy a board! TRY before you BUY. Rent a variety of types of surfboards, or borrow them from your friends who surf. A surfboard is a big investment.
Be careful of what you read here on line. After I found this site, I figured that I could answer a few questions, and spread the 'good news' of surfing. I started surfing in 1966, and it has been a constant source of pleasure since. After you learn to swim and master the ocean, get your REAL advice from a surf shop. However, if they think you are just a 'kook' tourist out to rent a board, you won't necessarily get the best attention.
Most people learn best on long boards, although I have seen lots of surfers start on a short board and master it. In the long run, there are NO RULES on what type of board you have to learn on. Long boards are ideal for learners. There are also good internediate length boards to learn on, funshapes, mini-mals and some hybrids. That is why instructors use long boards or fun boards (or even softtops).
THE REAL BOTTOM LINE IS: Go to a Surf Shop, not a computer. I have been surfing since 1966 and I get my surfboard advice at good local shops at the places where I surf. The pros there can give you the right answers!! There is no way anyone could accurately recommend any particular surfboard for you on line. But the folks at the local shop know the local wave conditions, and can match your size and skill level with the right board for local waves.
Good luck. Once you try surfing (and learn the 'right way') you'll have fun for life.
Take the time to check out the links, especially surfingforlife.