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Beginner's Guide to Surfing

Beginner's Guide to Surfing

Below is a beginner’s guide to surfing, made up of a list of tips and tricks to help newbies learn to surf online.

Enlist the Help of an Experienced Teacher

To avoid injuring both yourself and those around you in the water, reach out to a friend or teacher with excellent surfing know-how. This will get you started on the right foot as it ensures that you master the fundamentals of surfing before acquiring any bad riding habits.

Land It

Before jumping into the water, take a moment to stand on the beach and observe the environment, the conditions of the water, and the surfers who are already riding the waves. Additionally, practice your surfing form on the shore to help find your balance--especially the transition from prone to standing so you position yourself on the board properly.  You want to stand perpendicular to the surfboard, in either "goofy" (right foot forward) or "regular foot" (left foot forward) stance.  The sweet spot where you stand is typically just behind the center of the board. 

Invest in a Soft Top

As a beginner, you may be surprised with the amount of time you’ll be sitting on your board, rather than standing on it. As opposed to other types of surfboards, the foam top surfboards are the easier–and safer–choice for new surfers because of its super buoyant and cushion-like exterior.  Foam boards are easy to paddle, easy to ride, injury-resistant and won't break the bank!

Opt for Small Waves

Go for small waves first! You may have big dreams of surfing humongous waves sooner rather than later. Remind yourself that it’s important to start off your training experience with beach surroundings that are appropriate for beginners.  Small and glassy is best--look for early morning offshore winds to make things easier on yourself.  Glassy ocean conditions help you read the waves much better.

Mess Up (It’s Okay!)

When it comes to surfing, you can count on the phrase “practice makes perfect.” As you start out, you’ll fall off your board countless times. It’s okay! Embrace it, keep trying, and you’ll get the hang of it!  Surfing is a metaphor for life in general.  It is challenging to start at first, but as you make small improvements you'll find them extremely gratifying.

Enjoy the Ride

Surfing is meant to be an exhilarating and fun experience! If you’re having a blast on the water, everything else falls into place.


Hopefully Rock It-Surf’s Beginner’s Guide to Surfing provided some useful takeaways to help you to learn to surf online! Now you have the smarts, get out there and put them to practice!

Below is a link to a worldwide list of surf camps for beginners. If you’re in the Virginia Beach, VA area, we highly suggest checking with Surf & Adventure or Pungo Boardhouse for their surf lessons in the less crowded Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach.