Balancing yourself on a board, with water splashing on your face and attempting to mount a surging tidal wave and ride it till the shore. Thrill seekers perform this dangerous feat as it guarantees an electrifying sensation, excitement and an eccentric feeling of triumphantly manoeuvring their way on the wave.
This water recreational adventure sport is commonly known as Surfing. Surfer paddles to the wave to match its speed, then stand on the board as the wave carries them forward and align the surfboard to ride on top of the wave. As easy as it sounds theoretically, a great deal of strength and agility is required to elegantly surf waves. This surface water sport is packed with action and assures you a rise in adrenaline. Here is the beginners guide to surfing.
- Like every adventure sport, surfing requires you to be armed and equipped thoroughly to enjoy it to the fullest extent possible. Some gears necessary to ensure this are as follows.
- Surfboards of different sizes suit different waves. So choose a board that you are comfortable using.
- Waterproof shoes with strong grip that prevent slipping
- Depending on the whether the water is cold or warm, suits are chosen.
- Surfboard Wax increase grip on the board.
- Tail Pad provides grip and helps in controlling the surfboard.
- Traction Pads prevent the surfer from slipping off the board.
- Wetsuit used should be comfortable and allow movement.
- Surfboard Fins help control the board through foot manoeuvres.
- Leash attaches the surfer to the board and prevents it from being carried away by the waves.
Safety & Precaution
Understanding surfing etiquette is increasingly necessary as this extreme water sport is dangerous and hence safety measures should be adhered to, to enjoy this sport to the maximum.
- Practice and skill is required to manoeuvre the surfboard.
- Always wear a leash to avoid losing the surfboard.
- Do not attempt currents which are beyond your comfort levels.
- Wear goggles and apply sunscreen to protect yourself.
- Check the weather forecast before you set out.
- Basic knowledge of first aid is essential.
- Equip yourself with Personal Flotation Devices.
- Avoid attempting surfing in abandoned areas and always surf with company.
- In crowded areas, do not bump into other surfers. Give them their space.
- If you are a beginner, take lessons from a professional and practice in less dangerous zones.
Best Surfing Destinations in The World
Although Hawaii and California are considered to provide the best surfing conditions, many destinations beckon tourists to try out this recreational sport. World famous surfing locations are
- Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
- Superbanks, Gold Coast, Australia
- Lima, Peru
- Hossegor, France
- Honolua Bay, Hawaii
- Montanita Beach, Montanita, Ecuador
- Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
- Black’s Beach, San Diego, California
- Surfer’s Point, Barbados
- Rincon, Santa Barbara, California