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Keys to becoming a surfer h The first thing to know about surfing is that it is hard to learn how to do but is totally fun once you get the hang of it So dont be discouraged Have fun and eventually expertise will come The first step to learning how to surf is choosing a surfboard The longer the board you choose the easier it will be to learn to surf Although your maneuverability with a larger board will probably be terrible but the key is learning to stand up and get your balance A long board 8 to 12 feet long will allow you to do this much more easily than a short board First youll need an understanding of surfing This is pretty basic but greatly helpful Lie down stretched out in a straight line on your belly Look forward with your head and put your hands palms down on the ground next to your shoulders as if you are about to do a push up Then pushing explosively with your hands spring up into a crouch directly from the laying position to the crouching position while quickly bringing your legs under you as your arms help your body explode off the ground If you cant visualize this rent any surf video at the video store and youll see exactly what I mean This is the basic motion of surfing and almost exactly what youll be doing once you get out into the water Before you get in the water youll need a leash and surf wax The leash usually comes attached to the board Never buy or use a board without a leash Youll need it for your safety The wax is to make the board less slippery Un-waxed boards would result in you slipping off and into the water Before going in the water rub the bar of wax where your feet will end up when you
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