1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SURFBOARD
To start surfing it is important to obtain equipment that is best suited to your level. For your first surfboard, choose the largest model possible. Why? Because its large surface area will give you more stability. This crucial factor will also help you paddling and gain speed when you stand up on your surfboard.
The tribord 8’6 foam surfboard makes you feel safe—perfect for adult beginners
2. PUT ON A SURFING OUTFIT THAT COMBINES FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND PROTECTION FROM THE SUN
The boardshorts and UV protective swim shirt are perfect for summer surfing sessions
THE IMPORTANCE OF SUN PROTECTION WHEN SURFING
As with all aquatic sports, surfing cannot ignore the dual hazards of exposure to the sun + reflection of the sun’s rays on the water. Did you know that reflection of sun rays increases your skin’s exposure to UVA and UVB, which are responsible for skin cancer, by 10% to 30%? It is therefore very important not to forget to protect yourself from the sun during your surfing sessions.
SURFING BARE-CHESTED? FORGET IT!
Surfing bare-chested gives maximum exposure to your back and shoulders. You are strongly advised to slip on a protective swim shirt or a water T-shirt, which will filter the sun’s rays and protect your skin.
Depending on the water temperature in summer, select a 3/2 mm wetsuit for temperatures between 17°C and 24°C. Between 20°C and 24°C, select a neoprene shorty with a protective swim shirt or a water T-shirt.
Last tip: avoid surfing just in boardshorts. You will reduce the risks related with the sun’s rays and also the irritations caused by your stomach rubbing against the board!
Put the finishing touch to your beginner’s surfing outfit by adding a cool hat such as a cap or a sub hat specially designed for surfing. Last of all, coat your face, arms and legs with sun cream with a UPF index of 30 to 50. You’re ready to roll!
3. PADDLING AND POPPING UP ON YOUR SURFBOARD
At first, you have to understand how you position yourself on the surfboard to get the feel of “how to slide on the wave.” At the outset, don’t even try to stand up: stay lying down and get the feel of the first sliding sensations . . .
Then, try to catch several waves one after the other and try to pop up on your board as often as you can. Practise this move as many times as possible!
Between waves, practise paddling efficiently: Tribord 6’ foam boards for children, 7’, 8’ and 8’6 facilitate this training exercise.
Surfers, from beginner to experienced, Tribord offers a large number of surf coaching videos:
First Slide on a Surfboard
Popping Up on a Surfboard
Paddling Efficiently on Your Surfboard
4. TAKING AN INITIATION COURSE AT A SURF SCHOOL
A good way to start surfing is to take lessons at a specialised school. In just a few lessons, you will learn the basics of the sport and familiarise yourself with the board, the currents and the waves.
A Surf instructor will teach you to position yourself correctly on your board and to get your balance. They will give you precious advice and the secrets of long term success.
Don’t hesitate to treat yourself to a few surfing lessons even before you buy your equipment. A sound theoretical basis and the appropriate equipment will help you have a successful first few sessions!
Find a school not far from you, from among the surfing GB surf schools!
Stable, reassuring and manageable, Tribord 8’6 foam surfboard is recommended for beginner surfers
If you prefer to start up on your own, you should be aware that there are rules of priority between surfers—it is essential to know them in order to position yourself in the water and move around for your own safety and that of others.
5. FINDING THE BEST SURFING SPOTS TO START UP GENTLY
To start surfing without risk, it is best to go to a spot that is appropriate for your level. Don’t overestimate your skills and go out in the water in conditions that are too rough and too dangerous. The watchword before getting into the water: never surf alone and find out about the currents.
Avoid rocky surf spots and choose sandy beaches which enable you to get into the water without difficulty.
Consulting the wave weather forecast must be an automatic reflex before each surf session. Go to the Ocean Surf Report website: specialised in surf and wave weather forecasts, it informs you about most surf spots.
Tribord is a partner of Surf Report.com and checks the wave forecast every morning for the Hendaye spot which is a stone’s throw away from its world design centre.
With your 5 surfing tips in hand, now you’re ready to start—off you go into the water. Happy surfing!