5 Things to Know Before Your First Surfing Lesson
Surfing is one of Australia’s greatest pastimes. With more pristine beaches than any other nation in the world, it’s no surprise that we’ve taken up surfing in such huge numbers.
If you’re one of the latest converts to the sport, welcome aboard! Surfing is a great way to spend your weekends, and before you know it, you’ll be booking a holiday in Noosa or one of Australia’s other great surfing destinations just for the sake of a surfing getaway.
You can’t fight the ocean
The first and most important lesson to learn is that you must respect the raw power of the ocean. The sheer strength of the tides is more than you can possibly hope to fight against. Go with the flow and be smart about how you act out there.
When you go into your first surfing lesson, leave your ego behind. Be patient and humble. In the ocean, it’s important to be constantly aware of the changing situation around you. Stay safe!
The right gear makes a big difference
We see a lot of people who are here on a casual holiday in Noosa and make a spur-of-the-moment decision to take a surfing lesson. While we certainly recommend giving it a go, it’s important to be adequately prepared. An important part of preparation is ensuring you have the right gear. This means wearing a wetsuit that will protect you from the elements and fits you correctly. You’ll need to keep an eye on the thickness and pick one that’s appropriate for the water temperature. Importantly, you’ll want a fairly tight fit so that you don’t have water sloshing about inside.
Your board is just as important, but with any luck your instructor will have that one covered. You’ll need a board that is the right size for you, and the right style for a beginner. If you try and use something that’s meant for a more advanced user, you’re going to struggle to see success and certainly won’t enjoy your lesson as much as you would otherwise.
It’s tough – physically and mentally
Surfing isn’t easy. It’s a challenging sport, and that’s what brings the thrill when you actually succeed. As a beginner, you may find it takes a little while to adapt to the physical demands. If you’ve got a while to go before you actually head into your first lesson, work on cardio and core strength. Consider also practicing holding your breath, because there’s a good chance you’ll need to quite often.
Mentally, surfing can be a big challenge. You have to be able to get up and get back out there when you get knocked around by the surf. You have to maintain a constant vigil so changing tide conditions don’t catch you unawares, and on busy beaches you’ll need to be aware of other surfers and swimmers.
You’ll get knocked about
You’re going to get smashed occasionally. There’s a good chance you’ll wipe out early, and you’ll get tumbled about under the waves. This is just a part of surfing, and it’s an important thing to be prepared for.
When you find yourself rolling about under the waves, keep your head, hold your breath and wait for them to pass so you can pop up. At most beginner beaches you’ll have nothing to worry about. If you’re on holiday in Noosa, the beaches here are fairly accommodating for beginners on most days.
Keep an eye out for each other
Never surf alone. Always have a friend with you and keep an eye out for them and anyone else sharing the water. Surfing is exhausting and there’s nothing more frustrating (and somewhat terrifying) than finding yourself stuck in a rip and being far too tired to get yourself out.
Watch out for your mates, and make sure they’re watching out for you. Depending on where you’re surfing, there will likely be lifeguards and experienced locals around. If you end up deciding to take a surfing holiday in Noosa, you’ll soon find that there’s a great culture of looking out for each other.
Where are the best surfing spots?
We are, naturally, biased. A surfing holiday in Noosa is, to us, one of the best ways anyone can spend their time away. Australia has dozens of prime surfing locations, and some of the most famous spots in the world. We’re spoilt for choice, with great places to take a surfing holiday right around the country.
However, if we had to pick one spot for a getaway, you already know where it would be. Holiday accommodation in Noosa ranks among the best on the east coast, and there are plenty of cheap options for holiday stays in Noosa.
Let’s get out there!
Now that you’ve got some beginner’s knowledge, it’s time to shred some waves, hang ten and get gnarly!