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Beginner Surfing Tips

beginner surfing tips

Beginner Surfing Tips

Beginner Surfing Tips

Surfboards have a natural center of gravity, and one of the great beginner surfing tips is to try and lay on a surfboard in the same spot every time. A good tip is to find this balance point and lay on your board, then make a mark right at your chin. This is a spot is best made with a bit of wax, a tape or a magic marker. It is a reference point that enables you to put your chin on the same spot every time so the board will react to your weight the same way every time.

If the board’s nose digs into the water, you must move the location of “your chin” back. To adjust, just slide back an inch from the mark and make a mental note.

Too much weight in the back and the board will cork the board. This is a common mistake amongst beginners. You cannot catch a wave if you are corking your board. Move up an inch at a time till the board lies in the water naturally. This will provide you with the maximum hull speed and minimum drag from the water displacement that you are causing with your weight. At Manly Surfboards, you will always find the right board for your needs because they have the biggest surfboard range and the cheapest surfboard hiring services at Manly Beach.

Paddling your Surfboard

Always paddle with the crawl stroke, one arm and then the other alternatively. This will provide you with a constant speed so you can catch that wave.

Sitting on your Surfboard

The first time you try it, you may be quite wobbly, which it’s normal. The key to doing this well is being calm, or trying to be still. The less movement you make, the easier you will find it is to do it. All the other skills of surfing will improve as you learn to be “calm” while surfing.

Lie on your chest, your head up, looking ahead. Put your hands on the board beside your shoulders palms down like you were going to do a push up. Push your upper body up while at the same time you sweep your feet under you, laying them on the stringer – the line down the middle of the board- so your weight is centered along the stringer.

When you come up, remember to keep low. If you stand erect you will fall. Press your feet shoulder width apart and “grip the board in your feet”, opposite of the way you would press your thighs together on a horse. Have your hands a bit higher than your waist and just in view of your vision. Always look up! If you look at your feet, you will fall down.


Never have your board between yourself and the coming waves! To avoid collision with others, keep a safe distance, say fifteen feet or the length of you, your leash and board combined.

Beginners should always wear a leash or leg rope tied to their surfboard – you can find a wide range at Manly Surfboards shop.

Beginners should always surf with a buddy for safety, plus it is cool to share your surf experiences with. Beginner surfers should consider wearing a vest, rash guard or tee shirt to avoid the rubbed rash they will get on their stomach and chest.

When you fall off your board, cover the back of your head with your hands, with your wrists over your ears and your elbows together.

When you come up, try to be facing the oncoming waves and look for your board’s location immediately. Loose boards in the ocean are very dangerous objects for swimmers.

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