Surfing Frequently asked questions from beginners

Surfing  Frequently asked questions from beginners

Here, we will answer frequently asked questions for beginners without focusing on one theme.
I will add it little by little.

I don’t know which wave I can take off.

Oliver
Oliver

Even if I try to take off, I just fail.

1. Check the waves from the land before entering the sea. Plan from where to take off to which wave.
2. Once in the ocean, check where good people are taking off.
3. Try to take off from the peak of the wave. A wave whose top is almost vertical is a wave that can be taken off.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Is it okay for the first time with a used cheap surfboard?

Oliver
Oliver

I don’t want to spend money on surfing from the beginning. Still, I don’t know if I will continue surfing.

It’s okay to start with a used surfboard. However, it is necessary to have the ability to distinguish between beginners, intermediate users, and advanced users. You also need to know the length and volume of the surfboard. Tell the shop that you are a beginner and consult with them.
If a beginner buys an advanced surfboard, they won’t improve.

Wavalien
Wavalien

How many days can I practice for a short board to take off?

Oliver
Oliver

I hear that surfing is difficult. How many days do I need to practice to take off?

This is a frequently asked question, but I can’t answer it. It depends on the person’s suitability and the number of times he can go to the sea.
Certainly surfing is difficult. I will tell you my personal thoughts. I recommend you to go to the sea for at least two days each week for many years. If you only go to the sea a few times a year, you won’t be able to take off, so it’s best not to start surfing.

Wavalien
Wavalien

I can’t swim, but is it okay to start surfing?

Oliver
Oliver

I can’t swim, but I want to start surfing. Because there is a leash code, the surfboard and the body are not separated. Isn’t it okay?

Do not do that. Absolutely no. Leash cord is not a lifeline. The leash code can break. Also, people who can’t swim will panic just by being caught in the waves. Even small waves will drown and die if you panic.
The power of the waves is much stronger than you think. If you want to surf, wait until you can swim in the pool.

Wavalien
Wavalien

If I have a rush guard, I don’t need a wetsuit, right?

Oliver
Oliver

Isn’t the rush guard a substitute for a wetsuit?

About rush guard
1. Prevents the surfboard from rubbing against the body. (In my case, if I’m naked, my nipples rub against the surfboard and it hurts, but if I have a rush guard, it’s okay.)
2. Prevents sunburn.
3. 3. It is less likely to be bitten by jellyfish. 4. Unlike wet suits, it does not retain heat. It does not become a buoyant body.

Rush guards are not a substitute for wetsuits.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Even if you take off and stand on the surfboard, it will fall off immediately.

Oliver
Oliver

What is the cause? Am I lacking muscle strength?

You don’t have to put pressure on your legs. If you put too much force on your lower body, it will quickly fall into the water. Relax your knees. Then bend your knees. Use your knees like a car suspension. Do not move your upper body up and down, but absorb the vibrations with your knees.

Wavalien
Wavalien

I’m afraid of taking off steep waves.

Oliver
Oliver

Does the person who can take off have a sense of balance? A steep wave is likely to upset the balance. I don’t think I can stand on a tilted board.

The surfboard is horizontal when the takeoff is successful. So you can stand on the surfboard. Be aware of keeping your surfboard level, even on steep waves.

Wavalien
Wavalien

My paddling is slow.

Oliver
Oliver

What is the cause?

For Oliver, the surfboard is shaking.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Really?

Do not shake the surfboard at all. Don’t shake it from side to side or back and forth. That way you can prevent stalls.

Wavalien
Wavalien

I’m a beginner, is it okay to use twin fins for the first time?

Oliver
Oliver

Isn’t it easy to take off because it has buoyancy?

I’m a beginner, is it okay to use single fins for the first time?

Oliver
Oliver

How about that?

Single fins are difficult to operate. Not suitable for beginner practice. The easiest is a tri-fin for beginners. Both take-off and riding are stable.

Wavalien
Wavalien

I’m a beginner, is it okay to use quad fins for the first time?

Oliver
Oliver

I heard that quad fins are easy to move the surfboard.

Quad fins do have a loose tail. Since the tail is unstable, I think you will have a strange habit. Not suitable for beginner practice. The easiest is a tri-fin for beginners. Both take-off and riding are stable.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Eventually I want to get on a short board. However, it is difficult to take off, so can I start with a longboard?

Oliver
Oliver

I heard that longboards are very easy to take off. I want to start short board after learning the basics with longboarding.

Think of longboards and short boards as different things. If you want a short board, practice with a short board from the beginning. If you’re worried about takeoff, choose a short board that’s long, wide, and voluminous.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Eventually I want to get on a short board. However, it is difficult to take off, so can I start with a sup?

Oliver
Oliver

I heard that sup are very easy to take off. I want to start short board after learning the basics with sup.

No.
SUP is extremely large. It’s completely different from a short board.
If you want a short board, practice with a short board from the beginning. If you’re worried about takeoff, choose a short board that’s long, wide, and voluminous.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Is skateboarding effective for surfing practice?

Oliver
Oliver

Will surfing improve as skateboarding improves?

Skateboarding and surfing are two different things. If you improve your skateboarding, you don’t improve your surfing. But skateboarding practice is not wasted. You can apply what you practiced on skateboarding to surfing. For example, how to bend the knees, how to twist the waist, how to move the hands, etc. The advantage of skateboarding is that you can practice iteratively. Surfing is difficult to practice repeatedly. Skateboarding practice can be useful for surfing.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Are surfers popular with girls? I want a nice girlfriend

Oliver
Oliver

I want to know very much.

I think surfers are popular with girls. For that reason, some people may start surfing.
But when you really like surfing, your feelings change. Surfing is more important than girls. For example, if the waves are good, you might cancel your date with her. I think surfing is more attractive than girls.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Oliver
Oliver

It’s terrible to cancel a date with her.

It is certainly so. My heart hurts. But good waves are not always there. It can’t be helped.

Wavalien
Wavalien

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