Surfing Basic Dos and Don’ts

3 October, 2016

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As a surfer who always wants to have a great time with fellow surfers in the waters, you have a responsibility to uphold safety for everyone. Most will agree that you are not on your own in the waters; surfers (both beginners and professionals) look out for each other. For you to do your fair share of the task here’s a list of basic dos and don’ts that you need to follow when you learn to surf Adelaide.

  • Alcohol. If you are under the influence of alcohol, it is NEVER safe to go surfing. It’s fun to go drinking in the beach, but you need to keep the alcohol until after the surfing session.
  • Choose your location wisely. Never surf in areas which you are unfamiliar with, especially if you don’t have a companion. Choose surfing locations that you are comfortable and confident with.
  • Physical Fitness. Surfing is an exhausting activity. Make sure that your body will be able to handle the task of swimming back to the shore in case your board gets lost. You know your own limit; keep your fitness at its peak when planning to go surfing.
  • Warm-up. Get a good warm up session before heading out to the waters. A simple 15-minute warm up exercise will be enough to allow your muscles to adjust with the activity ahead of you. Make sure to do stretching during your warm-up exercise.
  • Get a surf buddy. As mentioned above, NEVER surf alone. Have at least one person to accompany you when you want to go surfing. This is for emergency situations, having a person that will help you during an emergency is a must.
  • Value Practice. All surfing professionals experienced falling off the board, they have advanced their surfing skills through practice. If you want to get ahead with your techniques, you also need to practice. Make sure that you at least surf once or twice a week if you want to get serious with the sport.
  •  Wave Priority. Learn about proper surfing etiquette. DO NOT steal someone else’s wave. Be patient and wait. If a wave is already taken, stop and allow them to take it. Keep in mind that crowding a wave may result to an accident.
  • UV Protection. Wear proper surfing attire. Get protected from the harmful UV rays by wearing rash guards or wetsuits and applying high SPF waterproof sun block. Never forget to bring sun block if you are going to surf.
  • Get the locals advice. Make sure that you are up to date with the weather conditions if you want to go surfing. If you are in an unfamiliar location, ask the locals regarding the weather and waves. DO NOT go into the waters if you are unsure as to the condition of the waves.
  • Learn how to handle rips. DO NOT panic when you are caught in a rip. Handle the strong current wisely. Paddle across it until you have escaped; never go against its strength because you’ll just exhaust yourself.
  • Have fun. Surfing is all about getting stoked! Spread the fun and enjoy the waters.

These are just basic reminders that will surely keep your surfing enjoyable and safe as possible. Become a wise surfer by keeping yourself away from harm. Share this piece of information to other surfers as well. Learn more surfing tips from our blog!

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