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How to Surf

Let's talk surfing. With so many surf schools out there and plenty of information available online now, it's important to understand a couple of things in order to Learn How to Surf.

Step 1: Choose the right surfboard

With so many different types of surfboards out there, it can be confusing for a beginner to know what beginner surfboards are best for their needs. When starting out, it's important to find the right board that's not too small for you to pop up on a wave while not too large that you can't paddle out back or turn and progress your surfing.

Try looking at a surfboard volume calculator to help you find the right board for your ability. And don't forget to keep in mind the kinds of waves you will be surfing. There is no point in finding a board that will help you drive down the line on overhead waves when you're most likely going to be surfing smaller waves on a grovel board.

Step 2: Make sure you have the right surf gear

While you may have chosen your surfboard, it is now important to find the right surfboard accessories. Making sure you have a good quality wetsuit combined with surf hardware necessities like leg ropes and surfboard wax. In some instances you may need to grab a tailpad or surfboard grip to make sure your performance is as good as it could be.

Another important aspect of surfing is surfboard fins. In order to to ensure your fins suit your surfboard, make sure you look at our Definitive Surfboard Fin Guide.

Step 3: Find your local surf spot

Now that you have the right surfboard and surf gear, it's important to find the right wave. With so many surf spots in Australia to choose from, why not start with your local beach or point break. As mentioned above, different boards will effect your surfing so to ensure you're not surfing the wrong board, talk to your friends and other locals and find out a little more about your local wave.

Step 4: Keep practicing!

Surfing is a sport like any other. The more you put in the time and practice the better your surfing will get and the more you will get out of it. Making sure you have the right surfboard equipment is an important part of this, but following this, practicing your surfing will help you to get the most out of your local waves. If you practice your surfing a few times a week, you will notice an immediate progression in your skill and surfing ability and it won't be long until you're booking a trip and looking to find the perfect boards for your surf trip quiver!

Boardcave has plenty more information on Australia's leading surfboard shapers as well as a friendly and experienced team of surf experts ready to answer your questions - LIVE CHAT with an expert or leave a message now.

Enjoy your surfing!

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