So, you’re going on your first surfing holiday? As a beginner, there are some things we think you need to know to ensure your introduction to surfing is a positive one and that you’re going in with your eyes wide open. From ceaselessly falling off your surfboard over and over again, to knowing which board is best to have as a novice, we’ve laid it all out for you and your first trip chasing the surf.
Abroad: From the European surfing capital of Hossegor in France to the windy beaches of Fuerte Ventura in the Canary Islands, there are surf spots dotted across the globe. Australia and Miami are also known to be great places to soak up the best waves. One thing we will say when choosing where you’re going for your surfing holiday is to consider finding the best beaches for beginners. Find locations with small waves that won’t be inundated with more experienced surfers. Wategos Beach in Bryon Bay, Australia is ideal for waves of all varieties. Lagos in Portugal is also a great spot, home to a range of surfing schools and 30 minutes away from the low tides
Within the UK: When scoping out the best places to go surfing for the first time, why not cut costs by keeping it more local and exploring the UK’s coastline? From the heights of Newquay to the host of many a national championship, Longsands, Tynemouth outside of Newcastle. For the best beginner locations, Watergate Bay in Cornwall is a quieter alternative to Newquay. Alternatively, go to the picturesque Portrush in Northern Ireland and enjoy a range of areas for different levels of skill.
Wherever you pick, be sure to look ahead at the weather. Waves are generally bigger in the colder periods of the year, so as a learner you may prefer to go in spring or summer where the warm weather offers brilliant beginner waves. Get stage fright? It’s also good to research lows in the season to avoid the crowds.
When booking your holiday, whilst also ensuring you get accommodation close to where you want to surf, it’s also important to find out where the surf schools are so you can book in some lessons. Whilst your friends or family might be all too happy to teach you, it’s likely they’ll get bored and end up throwing you into the deep end (quite literally) before you’ve really got the hang of things. Learning from a professional means you’ll get the attention you need to nurture your new sport.
Before heading off to the beach, get ahead of the game by upping your fitness levels and practising your ‘pop up’ method. Watch tutorials online to get an idea of what is expected of you when standing up on a surfboard. At the end of the day, no matter how fun it looks and whether or not you’re calling it a holiday, learning to surf will be difficult and takes a certain amount of fitness. Interval training is ideal for gaining in the skills you’ll need for surfing, as there are quick bursts of cardio involved. It’s also a good idea to ensure your swimming skills are up to scratch as you’ll be making a splash in a big way and definitely more than once.
Buy the Correct Clothing
In less you’re catching those waves in gorgeous Australia or the sun-kissed West Coast of the United States, you’re probably going to need to buy a wetsuit. For beginners, wetsuits are also likely to act as a buffer against those bumps you’ll undoubtedly take. With our help, cost needn’t be an issue either. Using My Favourite Voucher Codes, you can shop at retailers like Surfdome who have an entire department dedicated to all the kit you need as a surfer, including wetsuits for each season. You can save up to 60% in their seasonal sales and often enjoy further 10% codes off already reduced lines using voucher codes.
Hire Your Equipment
Don’t bother buying yourself a board straight away. Although we have every hope you’ll enjoy your first surfing experience, there is a chance you may not take to the sport and never use that expensive, state of the art surfboard again. You’ll likely find hiring out equipment will be included in your surf school lesson package, anyway.
If you do decide to buy a board, ensure you buy the right type for beginners. It is recommended that learners get bigger boards. A bigger surface area ensures it’s that bit steadier on the water. Adult surfers are recommended to have an 8-foot board. Soft boards are ideal, the foam material making it easier to catch waves and balance. The softness of it also means you’re less likely to come away with painful injuries if you ever collide with it. Alternatively, Pop Out boards offer even steadier qualities with added weight from the fibreglass covered foam. However, due to its harder exterior, it certainly packs more of a bunch when you take a tumble.
Our Final Top Tips
When planning your surfing holiday, make sure you don’t go alone. Always plan surfing holidays with a group of friends or your family. At the end of the day surfing is a sport that does have risks and a dramatic change in the weather can cause complications. Ensuring you’re always with a group means you can look out for each other, have fun and be safe.
Our last piece of advice? Go into your first surfing experience with an open and positive mind. At the end of the day, you’re developing a new skill and surfing is by no means easy. As long as you’re eager to give it your best shot, there’s no reason why you won’t crack it in the end.