Always surf with at least one other person. Not only will you have more fun if you are sharing your waves, but you'll also have someone to help you out if you need it. It will be a lot of fun if you have a friend who wants to learn surfing too so you can take lessons together. Or give it a go with your partner on holiday as it’s great to try something new.
- Take lessons: The best way to meet new surfing buddies if you’re a beginner is to take group lessons. You’ll receive expert tuition in a safe and fun environment alongside like-minded people. They’ll even supply all the equipment you need.
- Surf meet-ups: Once you’re a little more experienced, surf meet-ups or forums are a good way to meet other local surfers to share stories, talk beaches, and plan outings.
- Download an App: There’s an App for everything nowadays, and that includes surfing. There are plenty to download so you can see when other local surfers are planning a trip, or if you’re looking for new surf spots to explore and discover. Or if you’ve moved to a new area or are new to surfing.
Can I take my children surfing?
Why not learn to surf as a family? If you have small children, let them try bodyboarding first as you don’t need big waves and you can do it in shallow water. Kids seem to pick bodyboarding up really quickly. Just make sure they already feel comfortable in the sea before you add a bodyboard into the mix as it might be a bit scary at first. You can pick up a decent beginner bodyboard for less than £10, but the most important thing is to get the right size. If you get a board that is too big, your child could have a hard time carrying it around and manoeuvring in the water. Make sure you get a board with a leash too so it doesn’t get swept out to sea.
Unless you’re going somewhere hot, they’ll need a wetsuit. The sea gets very cold in the UK (even in the summer), so get one that’s going to be thick enough to keep them warm. And once they’ve learnt the basics of paddling and catching waves, they may want to move on to a surfboard.
Children can start learning to surf properly from about the age of eight. By this age, they tend to understand the concept and begin to be able to catch waves by themselves. Once they’re more confident, a family surf holiday will be a lot of fun!