Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Surf Q&A: How Long Does it Take to Get Comfortable Surfing?

From time to time I get questions about surfing, so I have decided to start a series on my blog called Surf Q & A (such a creative title, isn't it?). I will file them under the Tricks and Tips tab on the top menu. Feel free to send any questions you have, surfing or other, to me via my contact form. This question came from Sophia.
Answer: 
I started surfing as a kid, but didn't get serious about it until high school. From that time on, I have surfed almost everyday (at least 4-5 days a week) and some days I surf two or three times. 
I think it was somewhere around my second (maybe third) serious year when I could ride most waves, big(ish) and small, beach breaks and reefs (although not super big and scary waves, for sure). To do so, I went to the beach everyday and tried to practice in all conditions. I still do this now. I realize, though, that I am kind of addicted and I think the average amount of days most people surf is between 1-3 times a week. 
Many surfers will only surf when it's good, but I think you become a well rounded surfer when you ride in all types of conditions. I love surfing when the wind is howling onshore and the waves are 2 feet because it's something different and it challenges me. Surf many different kinds of waves (beach breaks, reef breaks, and point breaks) as well, so you can learn how various waves break. 
I also think it's important to commit yourself to learning the sport inside and out. When I got serious about surfing, I read every magazine and book I could get my hands on and watched all the movies I could. I practiced out of the water by riding an indo and skate board. 
I've never been the most talented or most athletic person, ever, in a group of people, but I believe you can become great at something if you put your mind to it and practice like crazy!


7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing q and a about surfing. I'm beginning and need all the help I can get!

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  2. As you know, I'm not at all a surfer, but that is one of the reasons I love reading your blog: its something completely different and neat to learn about :)

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  3. If I lived closer to the beach, I would become a surfer! Awesome idea about the Q & A!

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  4. great advice! so many of my friends try surfing one time, can't get it, and think they "can't surf". i wish people would stick at it and realize that u need to log some hours on your board before you call it quits.

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  5. I love that you posted this. My goal before I turn 40 (I will be 36 this year) is to attempt to learn to surf! I currently snowboard (read: I haven't been able to in 8 years) but I know the water is completely different vs. solid ground/snow.

    My hubby and I have been talking about taking up long boarding (skateboards) do you think this will be helpful in our future of attempting to surf? We just thought it might be a fun way to get some exercise, walk our dog AND possibly prep for our trip this Christmas to CO, he's never been snowboarding and I thought the practice on a long board might get his knees and body ready for it.

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  6. I have a feeling I'm going to love this series. Thanks for the suggestions, very encouraging!

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  7. I just discovered your blog and love it. And love the idea of this series. I recently learned to surf in my mid-30s and absolutely fell in love with it. I can't wait o read more!!

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