Are you coming to visit Santa Teresa, Costa Rica? Do you want to learn how to surf? Here are a few tips of what you should expect during a surf lesson. These tips will help to ensure that you have a great learning experience and that you get the most out of your surf lesson.
Surf Lessons Tip #1 – Use a big stable board for you lesson
A lot of people want to start to learn how to surf on a short board. This is wrong. Every beginner surf lesson should be done with a big and stable surfboard. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been skateboarding or snowboarding for years. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid, a super fit male or a grandma. Everyone should learn how to surf with a longer board in order to get the most out of their lesson. The bigger the board, the better. I suggest something over 9 feet. Trust me. You’ll learn much faster and you’ll have a ton of fun.
Surf Lessons Tip #2 – Location is very important
Just like with skiing, you need to start on the bunny slopes. Make sure that your first surf lessons are at a gentler spot with waves suitable for beginners. The waves should be relatively mellow and if you can, it is preferable to learn how to surf over a sand bottom. Remember not to jump off of your surfboard headfirst. Enjoy your time at the beach while getting pushed by the whitewater. It is important as a beginner to have a good instructor with local experience to help take you to the best spot for the current conditions and for your skill level.
Surf Lessons Tip #3 – Start on the sand
Your surf instructor should take some time with you on the beach before you run and jump into the water. They should explain to you about rip tides, surf etiquette and especially, how to pop up. Believe it or not, this is actually the most important part of your first surf lessons. These lessons will prepare you for your surfing future and even though you might feel goofy popping up on the beach, the pop-up is essential and one of the most valuable lessons in surfing.
Surf Lessons Tip #4 – Positive Vibrations
Every surf lesson should be fun. Your surf instructor should be patient, supportive and enthusiastic. Surfing is all about the vibe, good times, and you should be out there to enjoying every minute of your lesson. Surfing is a very frustrating sport at times so if you find yourself getting frustrated, take a break and relax. Pop-ups are very difficult and everyone struggles when they are learning to surf so…. just have fun.
Surf Lessons Tip #5 – Photos and Video
If you have the option to have photos taken of you as you learn how to surf, take it. Photos and/or video can be added to your surf package for an extra cost on top of your lesson. In my opinion, photos are well worth it and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to send out your first surf photos with you yearly Christmas cards!
Video is a great way to learn, video allows you to see yourself in action and see for yourself what you may need to correct to grow as a surfer.
Schedule your lessons today by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org please let us know if you want to add photos or video!
Blue Surf Adventures operates out of the Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel, Santa Teresa Costa Rica.