People like Mack Prioleau live and breathe surfing. But even they had to start somewhere and weren’t actually born on the board. Prioleau is himself committed to helping other people find enjoyment in surfing and wants to ensure they are encouraged to do so. Hence, he has created guidelines and steps for those who want to start in this amazing sport.
Mack Prioleau on the Steps Needed to Start Surfing
The steps to start surfing are quite simple:
- Take a lesson. One lesson is usually enough, so long as it will teach you what boards and waves are. Additionally, that single lesson will be enough to show you whether or not you actually want to surf.
- Purchase a longboard. These boards are great because they last a lifetime and they may convince others to start surfing as well, and they can borrow your board. A good longboard is three feet or more longer than you.
- Get a leash for your surfboard. That will also prevent nasty accidents among other surfers. Make sure the leash is the same length as the board.
- Wax the top side of your board. Make sure the wax is suitable for the water temperature where you want to surf.
- Download the surf report for the beach you want to go to. If this is your first time, make sure the waves aren’t expected to go higher than three foot.
- Get your suit on. You will know whether you only want some beach wear and a rash guard, or if you need a full wetsuit.
- Start surfing! Your first focus should be on catching a wave. Once you’ve locked in, you will find it a lot easier to then stand up. The right wave is just starting to have a bit of white wash. Get in front of it, facing the beach. Paddle like crazy and when you feel the wave is starting to pull you in, you stand up. An important thing to remember is beach etiquette. If someone else was already waiting for the wave you’ve picked, and they are closer to its peak, then it’s their wave. Those are the rules and people stick to them.
- Keep trying. The first time you go out on your own, you may not catch any wave at all. And if you do, you might not even get to the standing up point or just keep falling off. If you’re serious about surfing, however, you will know that it is part of the game. Even the most experienced surfer will still regularly wipe out so if you can’t take a bit of salt water in your mouth, the sport isn’t for you.
Don’t forget, after you’re done, to use some clean, fresh water to wash your board and wetsuit. If your beach doesn’t provide a fresh water shower, do this as soon as you get home. Then store the board in a dry, cool place, making sure it isn’t in direct sunlight.