Stepping out of the car and inhaling the salt air deeply at the beach is one of the most wonderful feelings as surfing season kicks into high gear. For those who have never touched a surfboard in their lives, watching pros and even semi-pros take wave after wave towards the shore is a thrilling sight to behold. Has the surfing bug bit you yet? Proponents of this pastime can be seen all over the world, from surfing in Nicaragua to the shores of Cape May, NJ. If you have always wanted to learn how to surf, what better time to start than now?
The most important part of taking up surfing, is finding the right surfboard for you. Other people can throw their opinions out here and there, but you need to find something that will be comfortable and allow you to learn with a minimum of difficulty. However, most will agree that learning to surf with as big and as wide a board as possible will give you the best opportunity for success. A good rule of thumb is to grab a board that is close to your height; the wider boards help keep your balance when paddling out to sea, and climbing on board. Make sure to invest in quality wax as well, since achieving a good grip with the feet will be essential.
Picking the right environment is always another critical aspect for beginners; you wouldn’t want to be facing twenty foot monster waves your first time out, so an area that has all sizes of waves would be the best option. When surfing in Nicaragua, consider surfing there between the months of November to April. This is when the weather is sunny, hot and dry, with very little rain. The waves are smaller due to less storm activity in the Southern hemisphere so it is the perfect opportunity to practice your beginning surfing skills. A surf resort would also be ideal, since you have the flexibility to create your own daily surf schedule with an instructor.
No matter how old you are, it is never too late to begin learning this wonderful pastime; grab a board and hit the waves today!