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Whether you're on the east coast or west coast, the USA has great beaches for surfing. Always check the surf forecast before heading out to the beach to know water temperature, wave heights and under toe predictions.
Once you've learned to surf, it's not likely you'll want to be inside much. However, rainy days happen. Go to a local gym and use the equipment to tone your arms for paddling and strengthen your legs for balance.
Surf shops are the ultimate resource for all your surfing needs. Be sure to ask the experts before you invest in a surfboard or a wetsuit. Surf shops are also great places to find surfing lessons, schools and camps.
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If you're tired of sun-tanning on the beach and are a thrill seeker, then surfing just might be the sport for you. You'll need to know some basics before you hit the beach and the waves. First, you'll need a surf board. You have two options; a long board or a short board. Long boards are recommended for beginners because they offer more stability and easier mobility. Next, you'll need a surfing spot. If there are other surfers at the beach of your choice, chances are you've got a good spot. Be sure the waves are your level. Beginners will want waves that are relatively big and that break close to the shore. Surf lessons are highly recommended. Instructors will teach you how to paddle, to catch a wave, to stand up and to ride. In addition, surf lessons will teach you all about wave types, weather conditions and most importantly surfing rules and etiquette. It's not a free-for-all out there in the land of waves. You must obey the rules to ensure that you and your fellow surfers are safe while having a great time.
Whether you’re a youngster or young at heart, surf camp can be the adventure of a lifetime. There is no better way to fully grasp surfing techniques and skills than to immerse yourself in daily lessons and general surf life. Surf camps offer a variety of courses. Some camps offer camping grounds near a beach and provide meals and entertainment. Other camps offer daily and weekly schedules. Look for camps with certified professional instructors. All instructors should have CPR certification and should have training in water safety. Most surf camps provide all of the equipment you could need from surfboards to wetsuits. Sign up for a surf camp, travel to beautiful beaches and experience all that this great ocean sport has to offer.
Surfers aren't just beach bums who wake up early to hit the waves and then sleep on the beach all day. True surf professionals are highly skilled athletes. Surfers need to have strong upper body strength and incredible balance. They practice for hours with a lot of patience. The next time it starts raining while you're at the beach, just take your surf training inside and hit the gym. To gain upper body strength, you should do chest fly and chest press exercises along with tricep extension exercises. To stabilize your balance, work on strengthening your core with abdominal exercises like crunches or plank poses. For more challenge, try a series of these exercises using a stability ball. Learning to stabilize a free moving object like a stability ball through core strengthening exercises is the perfect companion workout for surfers. You can even bring your stability ball to the beach. Check out the "Balance and Core Workout" on the FitLink workouts page.
There are a lot of rules about where and how to surf. Knowing the basics is the first step in ensuring your own safety and the safety of those around you. First and foremost, never surf under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Follow the rules of the waves. They may not be written on a big board like they are at the swimming pool, but all surfers know and obey them. Be sure you are physically fit enough to swim back to shore with a strong tide. You will also want to know when to hold or throw your board. When paddling out, hold your board and when you feel your about to wipe out, throw your board. It is best to surf with others in case you get into a situation where you need immediate assistance, like if you hit your head on a rock, get pulled into a rip-tide, or get stung by a jellyfish. Wear waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Check the wave and weather conditions before you head to the beach. There are sites and stations that give you a minute-to-minute forecast so that you don't get caught in waves with lots of undertoe or dangerous breaks.
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