How to Surf

How to Surf
Learn to Surf on your own

How to Surf
THE QUICK START GUIDE TO SURFING
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WHAT KIND OF SURFBOARD SHOULD I GET?

ANSWER:  A long, wide, stable surfboard, about 9 or 10 feet. If you're a kid, go about 8 or 9 feet.
WHY:  Because this kind of board will be easier to balance on. You need to get your balance first, get used to the way the board glides along with the wave. It's kind of like the first time you rode a bike. Difficult at first, but once you get it, it's easy, and you wonder why you thought it was so difficult to begin with.
WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE STICKS?
See, you're already starting to talk like a surfer dude. A surfer sometimes calls his board his stick, just like you did in the last question.
ANSWER: Check the used boards racks in the surf shops. This might take some time, but it's the best way. You don't need a pretty board, and a few dings is okay. It's not the glass job that's important when finding a board, the important thing is the shape of the board. You can also get a softboard, which are a lot easier to learn on.
THIS KID IS RIDING A TEN FOOT SOFT SURFBOARD
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