Surfing Lessons Uk

If you’re planning to give surfing a try for the first time, or looking to develop your skills, we’ve got a fantastic selection of surfing lessons UK – wide so that you can find just the right session.

We also have a great choice of kite surfing lessons and windsurfing lessons.

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Surfing Tips for Beginners

Before your surfing lessons UK it might be worth thinking through a few of these tips and try to keep them in mind.

Getting out there - paddling your surfboard

Always paddle with the crawl stroke; one arm and then the other alternatively. This will provide you with a constant speed so you can catch that wave.

Don't paddle with both arms together - this will cause the board to speed up and slow down in the water and you will not be able to maintain constant hull speed through the water.

Waiting for the wave - sitting on your surfboard

Ok, so now we know how to lie on the board and paddle the board. Now it's time to learn how to sit on the board. The first time try this you may be quite wobbly. The key to doing this well is being calm, or trying to be still. The less movement that you make the easier you will find it is to do this. All the other skills of surfing will improve as you learn to be calm while surfing.

You’ve caught it, what next? - standing on your surfboard

Now it's time to learn how to stand up. This is something you have been doing all your life. Lie on your chest, your head up, looking ahead. Put your hands on the board beside your shoulders palms down like you were going to do a push up. Push your upper body up while at the same time you sweep your feet under you, laying them on the stringer, the line down the middle of the board, so your weight is centered along the stringer.

When you come up, remember to keep low. If you stand erect you will fall. Assume a position of a sumo wrestler. Press your feet shoulder width apart and "grip the board in your feet", opposite of the way you would press your thighs together on a horse. Have your hands a bit higher than your waist and just in view of your vision. Always look up! If you look at your feet, you will fall down. I promise!

Practice this for hours. Have someone watch you and have them critique your performance. Practice jumping up without making a sound on the floor. Calm and controlled is the smoothest way to approach this so practice doing it quietly. If you have a surfboard, lay it on a large bed or in the sand and do this exercise. This is a way for you to judge your ability to be controlled.

Surviving – safety for yourself and others

Never have your board between yourself and the coming waves! To avoid collision with others, keep a safe distance, say fifteen feet or the length of you, your leash and board combined.

Beginners should always wear a leash or leg rope tied to their surfboard.

Every Beginner surfboard should also have a safety nose guard to prevent dangerous impacts with the surfboard nose.

Beginners should always surf with a buddy for safety, plus it is cool to share your surf experiences with.

Never push your board through the water fin first. The fin or fins were made to keep the board pointing nose first. Pushing the board fins first can be quite dangerous because the board wants to go the other direction.

Beginner surfers should consider wearing a vest, rash guard or tee shirt to avoid the rubbed rash they will get on their stomach and chest.

When you fall off your board, cover the back of your head with your hands, with your wrists over your ears and your elbows together. Stay under water for a moment longer than necessary. There are companies that make helmets and this is another alternative.

When you come up, try to be facing the oncoming waves and look for your board's location immediately. Loose boards in the ocean are very dangerous objects for swimmers.

Good luck and enjoy your surfing lessons UK!