Learn To Surf
If you want to learn how to surf, you have come to the right place. This is the SurfScience.com introduction to surfing. If you follow these simple steps, you will be up and standing on your first wave in no time.
Choosing The Right Surfboard
One of the most important parts of surfing is making sure you are on the right surfboard. Many surfers use the wrong board and they get frustrated or even give up. As a beginner you will want a big board that is wide and thick. You might have seen pictures of the pros riding much smaller boards, but they all started with a bigger surfboard as well and worked their way to the smaller one.
In order to help make it easy for you to find a surfboard, we have marked all of the boards in our surfboard directory with the skill level that board is best for. You want to make sure your board is recommended for surfers in the starting or beginner range. When looking for a board on SurfScience.com, read the reviews of other surfers. When you are learning to surf, the most important factors will be paddling and stability. As you progress you will care more about speed and maneuverability, but to start, catching the wave is your number one goal which is all about paddling. Typically people who want to learn to surf will get funboards or longboards, they are best for beginners because of their extra volume which makes standing up much easier.
If you have no idea where to start, a good place would be our surfboard match. It will ask you a few questions about you body type, surfing experience and local conditions. If you don't know the answer, leave it blank and the quiz will use what you tell it to suggest a few good surfboards. You can print up the answers and take them into a surf shop and they will help you find a good board that is similar.
Surf camps and surfing lessons are by far the best way to learn how to surf. They help people learn to surf on a daily basis, and they have it down to a science. Hands on experience from a talented surfer goes a long way.