After you’ve handed in your final paper and taken your last exam for the school year, there’s no better way to ring in summer than to hit up the beach for some serious R & R. Just don’t forget to use some beach time to prepare for the upcoming season. Get off that blanket and pick up a surfboard for some beneficial shoreline cross training.
Surfing is a complete body workout. After all, paddling, balancing and diving under waves is a lot more difficult than it looks. If you don’t believe it, check out pro soccer player Frankie Hejduk’s view on surfing.
Surfing isn’t a sport that’s easily mastered, according to Sage Erickson, 17, who’s been riding waves since the age of ten and ripping it in the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Whether you’re trying to take up the sport competitively or just want to cross train during vacation time, Sage offers three must-follow tips for staying on your board as you catch your first wave.
Have the right board
Don’t buy a board based on how it looks. Before shelling out cash, she suggests deciding what types of waves you intend to ride. Boards range from short to long and are shaped for different purposes. If you don’t know how to determine what board best fits your needs based on your level of experience, ask for help from the store’s salespeople.
Find a teacher
Whether you’re a local or a surfing kook, it’s always better to hit the water with someone who’s experienced enough to guide you. You’ll have a lot more fun riding a wave than wiping out every time.
Never give up
This is key when attacking the wave and dropping in. If you slow down or go in half-heartedly, the odds of catching a wave are slim to none. Having the will to catch a wave is just as important as having the skills to catch a wave.
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