From enjoying the gateway to Victoria’s Surf Coast along the Great Ocean Road to braving the Southern Ocean swells in Tasmania, finding the best wave suited for every surfing skill is never impossible when you’re in Australia. We, at the Exchangr team believes that learning how to surf should be on top of an international students bucket list while you’re in the country. Let the Exchangr team guide you through the waves!
Firstly, you should assemble the right gear. As a first timer, buying your own board is not recommended — renting is rather preferred. There’ll be cheap rental stores along surfing spots wherein you can get a board that’s proportionate to your weight and skills. The heavier you are, the bigger the board volume you will need. As a rule of thumb, long boards are recommended for beginners as they are easy to use but if you feel confident manoeuvring through the waves, you can get yourself a fun board. This comes with a leash so that you won’t be separated with your board when you’re wiped out by the wave. As you are able to tackle waves more often, you may progress to other types of boards made for pros like the shortboard, fish board, and gun board. You’ll get to know these babies better as you learn how to surf.
Next, hit the waves in proper outfit. Keep warm in cold waters by getting a wetsuit that fits you. Make sure it’s not too tight as you don’t want to feel restricted as you move in the sea. For warm weather, board shorts will do.
As you are ready to learn the basics, make sure that you get some surfboard wax first. You need to have more friction beneath your feet to increase its grip and for better balance.
Moving forward, the Exchangr team suggests that you practice riding your board in the sand first. In a prone position, lay down on your board with your hands in a push up position, only, not too wide. In a swift motion, push yourself up and get up to your feet as you keep up with balance. Get back down and repeat this until you feel confident that you can manage standing on the floating board with unsteady waters beneath it.
Now that you’re ready to test the waters, paddle and be comfortable being in the sea. Make sure you’ve found yourself a spot suitable for beginners. The Exchangr team suggests spots that are less crowded and safe enough for starters. You might want to research ahead or talk to an experienced surfer to be sure. As you paddle and approach your target wave, turn your board just before the wave reaches your point and continue paddling until you feel the wave’s momentum and apply what you’ve practiced: push yourself up, stand, and balance. Stay focused as you ride the wave long enough until wipe out — this is the point where you’ll feel like falling or if the wave itself dies down. Just go with the flow and swim your way back to your board, letting your leash guide you to where it is.
Lastly, keep trying! Years spent in Australia is valid enough for you to learn (and love) the sport. To assist you on this adventure, the Exchangr team made this link for you to make the experience more budget-friendly. Happy surfing!