Category Archives: 5 Minute Beginners’ Guide to Surfing

Welcome to our beginners’ guide to surfing series. Getting started can be an intimidating task, but with these short 5-minute articles, we’ll give you the information you need to get from beginner to intermediate as quickly and painlessly as possible.

In the upcoming articles, we’ll provide you with a simplified guide to beginning surfing, taking you through everything from how to find the right equipment to perfecting your pop-up. In the series, you’ll find our honest opinion from our experience in the water, something we’ve learned from selling surf gear since way back in 1974 when our first store opened.

We’ve seen the good and the bad over the years, so we’re well placed to provide you with everything you need to know to get you the right gear, and standing up on your board.

A lot of beginners make the mistake of thinking that all they need to do to learn to surf is practice, and while it’s true that consistently getting in the water is key, it’s just as important to make sure you’ve got the right gear – and that’s where we come in. If you’re a novice thinking you can paddle out on a 6-foot shortboard and just figure it out, you’ll quickly find that it’s a great way to spend more time underneath your board than on top of it.

Why do surfers put wax on surfboards?

Why does surfboard wax still exist

  So before you head out on your brand new board, make sure it’s well and truly coated in wax. There are a few details you need to know when it comes to waxing your board, but just how particular a surfer goes about it is down to the individual. A few of the general [Read More]

Why do surfboards have fins?

Best Surfboard Fins

  So which fins do you need? When you’re researching them you’ll likely come across a lot of terms which mean very little to you – words like thruster, twin, quad. Some of these are self-explanatory – a twin-fin set-up involves, unsurprisingly, two fins, while a quad set-up uses four. You’ll also hear ‘single fin’ [Read More]

How to choose a surfboard leash (legrope)

Understanding Surf Legropes

Leashes attach to the base of your board at one end, and your back ankle at the other. This means if you’re a goofy-footer – ie someone who has your right foot at the front of your board – your leash will attach to your left ankle, while if you’re regular it will attach to [Read More]

Surfboards: What’s a good beginner’s surfboard to buy?

What is the best soft top surfboard

If you decide a softboard is your best bet, there’s plenty of great options on the market. Mick Fanning has recently come out with his own hybrid softboard / epoxy brand of MF Softboards which are proving pretty popular . A lot of them are shorter and not so suitable for beginners, but the likes [Read More]

Surfboards: Which size surfboard should a beginner use? Why?

How to determine the right size surfboard to use

I was an example of this kind of person. While my first board was an appropriate board for a beginner, I began trying to work my way down to a shorter board too quickly and it did nothing but slow my progress. I figured, I’d been practicing for a few months on my beginner board [Read More]

Surfboards: What are surfboards made of and how do I take care of them?

How to take care of my surfboard

Softboards Softboards are a type of board that you’ll often see beginners on, and there’s plenty of reasons why. These boards are generally made out of a type of foam known as EPS, and for people learning to surf these can be an ideal option. In most cases softboards have quite a lot of volume, [Read More]

Surfboards: How to choose a surfboard?

How to know if I have the right surfboard

  But it can be simplified. There is plenty of complex terminology and technology being pushed by some brands which will probably mean very little to you, but that’s okay. People who are newer to surfing don’t need to spend too much energy concerning themselves with the latest updates to board development – your biggest [Read More]

Is surfing an expensive hobby?

Is surfing an expensive hobby

  The first thing to remember is that surfing itself is free. Fortunately there’s no charge for entering the ocean and you don’t have to put petrol in your surfboard or pay to park it like you might with a boat. This means that once you’ve bought the necessities you’ll be able to surf as [Read More]

How difficult is it to learn to surf?

How long does it take to learn how to surf

  So be prepared for a bit of a process. Many beginners want to know how long it’ll take before they can surf – will they be up and shredding within a month? As is often the case, this isn’t as simple as a yes or no answer, and there’s no definitive time frame on [Read More]

5-minute beginners guide to surfing equipment

Learn to surf

A lot of beginners make the mistake of thinking that all they need to do to learn to surf is practice, and while it’s true that consistently getting in the water is key, it’s just as important to make sure you’ve got the right gear – and that’s where we come in. If you’re a [Read More]

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