Learning to surf is surprisingly easy, and an enormous amount of fun. Believe it or not, everyone from toddlers to grannies learn to surf these days. How do they do it? Where are some pointers on learning to surf, as well as some insights on what surfing can do for you.
Learning to Surf
You don’t have to grow up in California or the Bahamas to know how to surf. In fact, you can learn this fun sport on your very first trip to the ocean. Every beach, from Devon to Maui, has professional surf shops that rent boards and safety equipment, and offer surfing lessons in Cornwall at an affordable rate. Just as you would rent a bicycle for the day or take snow skiing lessons, you can take surfing lessons when you go to the beach.
The professionals at your surf shop can match you up with a surf board that works well with your height and skills levels. You may want a board that is wider so that you can keep your balance more easily, or if you have some experience, you may want a long, narrow board to add speed to your ride.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to “hang 10” to enjoy surfing. You can paddle out to meet the waves, and then lie or sit on your board and ride the wave back to shore. Enough people do that now that it is a common sight. If you are concerned about more experienced surfers in the area, remember that surfing is a lot like ski slopes – the more skilled athletes stick to the more challenging surf or slopes.
What Can Surfing Do For You?
So, what exactly can surfing do for you? It is one of the best whole-body exercises you can do, and it is total fun every time you go out. Unlike some exercises that work your muscles only, surfing works on your sense of balance as well. In fact, older people especially find that even simple boogie board surfing improves their balance. They have a better ability to recover if they stumble or stub their toe. Some compare the skills in balancing to yoga.
Your core muscles get a workout, simply from staying on the board. Even if you just sit on the board, staying upright on it strengthens your core muscles as well as your ability to regain your balance. As you lie on the board and paddle out to the waves, you work your arms and chest muscles. If you swim beside your board, you are working your leg muscles. Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do, and there is no impact on your joints when you swim. Swimming with a board, and balancing on it, is just another step to strength and independence.
And to think, you are having fun in the sun the whole time! Regardless of your age, you can enjoy surfing. Give it a try, and you’ll see!