The Beginners Guide To Surfing : Learn How To Surf

Do you know that the riding of waves has likely existed since humans began swimming in the ocean? Standing up on what is now called a surfboard is a relatively recent innovation developed by the Polynesians.The influences for modern surfing can be directly traced to the surfers of pre-contact Hawaii.

The #ecuadoriancoast with an extension of approximately 1,400 miles (2,250km) along the Pacific Ocean, is one of the best places to surf. We have warm water all year round, the mild weather makes it a perfect place to catch waves without a bodysuit on sandy beaches. Rentals and #surfingschools are cheap as it is still a growing sport, and the surfing community is committed to making it more popular in the region.

@outdoorecuadorspanishschool we offer a surfing class that you will never forget but first you need to know the basic information, Learn how to surf?

Surfing is an adrenaline-filled sport, and when you start, you won’t want to stop! If you like the sea and a challenge, you should give it a shot. If you’ve never surfed before and are itching to try it out, read on for some key tips. 

First of all, you have to pick the best place, or “break”, which will vary depending on the weather and conditions- the tide and wind are often deciding factors on where you should go. If you’re not sure which tide or spot will work best for you, ask a local! These factors are really important because they’ll dictate everything from the size, to the speed and quality of the wave. 

Once you’ve figured out all the deciding factors, it’s time to choose a surfboard. The right board will vary depending on the height and weight of each person. If you’re taking a class with us, it’ll go a bit like this: once we are on the beach we’ll analyze the waves and sea state, and explain. 

Then, while we’re still on the beach, we’ll  teach you the best pop-up method (how you stand up on the board). Then, we’ll get in! To start, we’ll walk in until the water is about chest-high, then we’ll watch the waves and pick the best one to catch. 

Remember: Outdoor Ecuador Spanish and Surf located at Olon is highly recommended by travelers to start in this amazing sport and why not? to improve your language skills!

When the wave is a few meters away from you, you’ll get up on the surfboard and lie down, where  you’ll get a feel for the balance of the board and figure out where you should be positioned. (A good indicator to keep in mind would be lying far enough back on the board so that the nose of the surfboard is 4-5 inches above the water). 

When the wave is behind you, start to paddle, taking big, long strokes with your whole arm. When the wave is closer, you’ll want to paddle faster. the goal is to match the speed of the wave as best as you can, because it will make for a smoother takeoff. 

Very important: It doesn't matter how older are you, how big, how strong, or athletic,,, what matters is your energy, your desires to learn surfing

When you feel the wave pushing you, paddle a little harder. When you feel the board catch the wave and go forward quickly, pop up just like how you practiced on the beach, then bend your knees to keep balance (if your feet aren’t in the right position, don’t be afraid to shuffle them around a bit…good foot positioning = a good wave). If you fall, it doesn't matter, come back, try and catch more waves. 

Falling is just another part of surfing. It will all help you improve your surfing techniques, and it’s just water, so it won’t hurt!  

Whenever you go surfing to a new place, try to find some local surfers who can explain how the wave works. 

Surfing does have its risks , but it’s nothing dangerous if you do it responsibly!

Don’t forget to use sunscreen and the necessary equipment to surf.

Nos vemos en las Olas!!









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