Summer is getting closer and closer. If you are thinking about signing up for a surf retreat or even booking a single lesson here at Chica Brava, here’s what we normally do here at Chica Brava for our first time at the beach and in the water.
First Step. Which surfboard should I select for my first surf lesson?
There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the usage of a surfboard. Many people think that the shorter the surfboard, the cooler you are. Are we sure about that? I’m not! Trust me, the bigger the board, the easier it is to balance and stand on it. So, my advice is to choose a surfboard around 9 feet long.
Second Step. What should I wear while I’m having my first surf lesson?
The use of the right bikini is one of the most important aspects of being in the water. In order to not to lose concentration during your first surf lessons, you should wear a bikini that doesn’t tend to fall. Again, my advice is using a one-piece rash guard.
Third Step. Are you goofy or regular?
There is sort of tricky game to let you understand which leg is the stronger and which one will define your style. Close your eyes and think that someone is giving you an unexpected push from the back! If the first leg you are putting on the ground is the right one, then you are goofy and need to insert the leash on the left ankle.
Fourth Step. How can I pop-up on the surf-board?
This is the most delicate part of all the sport. Lying on the surfboard, put your hands closer to your chest and jump, back foot and then front foot. My advice is to practice a couple of times on the sand and then, with the help of the instructor, you will do it in the white water. Remember: bend the knees and always watch the beach!
This will allow you to not fall down and ride for a couple seconds on the power of the wave.
Back foot, front foot, bend the knees and watch the beach! You are ready!
Fifth Step. Paddle!
In order to get speed just before the pop-up, you need to paddle deep and dig. Whenever you feel the push just under your surfboard, that is the moment to pop-up.
Six (and my personally most important) Step. HAVE FUN!
The first lesson is all about having fun and laughing, with a huge desire to keep going and getting better and better in surfing!!!