In surfing, even for those who are experts in the sport, there are always fundamental concepts you must bear in mind. The following are five things you must know when you go surf wave:
Be cordial with the local surfers – Most of us are passionate about our hobby and love to spread the knowledge. This is true for all hobbies but most especially for those that are with tight-knit communities. Most surfers would like to teach you about the ins and outs of surfing, the tides in the local beach, how to paddle out to the ocean without pounding to a sandbar, and the courtesies in the sport. Ask for help if you are new to the sport.
But the appropriate board for your area– if you are in a small surf wave area, don’t buy a short surfboard. Shortboards tend to plow through the water and you will not be able to paddle fast enough to catch small waves. Small boards commonly feature the stomp pad on the back which is often used for tight maneuvers such as cutbacks. If you are unsure about the board to get, ask the surf-shop employees at your local shop.
Utilize wax that suits your conditions– This is vital. One of the things that can frustrate you the most is when you are out in the water and you keep on slipping off the board because you have the wrong wax. Typically, there are two types of wax. Cold water wax is said to be softer and more sticky than wax used for warm water. If your water is cold enough that this type of wax will not melt in the sun, use it. Warm weather is not suitable for the cold water wax because of its low melting point and it slips off the board easily making your fiberglass board slippery, making you fall off the board each time you try to stand up.
Surf the break outside– there are a number of new surfers who are surfing the shore break. This could be the most common mistake. These aren’t the waves that people surf. If you surf these you are not to have any significant ride. You will also put your board at risk of damage if you surf the shore break – the “skeg” (the stabilizing fin on the bottom of the surfboard) will get caught in the sand and snap off, probably also sending you flying into the sand. Look out for sandbars where the waves break away from shore. This allows you to surf wave over the sufficiently deep water over the sandbar and not break your board. It also gives you room to maneuver.
If you live in a cold climate, do not go surfing in winter – It may be tempting, and the waves are often best in winter. Most surfers do go surfing during the winter but that is not a good thing to do. To surf in the cold water of winter may cause a condition known as “surfer’s ear.” This is basically a growth in the ear, letting you lose a significant hearing ability in that ear. This is caused by the cold water that gets inside the ear canal. Surfing waves during the winter is absolutely not worth that risk.