Some tips for learning to surf on the southwest coast
Why not to take advantage of this ideal opportunity and learn to surf ?
Here is some advice before you race into the water and tackle the waves, so you will have total peace of mind !
Surfing is a sport which requires good physical fitness. All body muscles are used, therefore practicing a sport during the year is highly recommended if you want to be fit ! Cardio, stretching and strengh are needed to stand well and to retain your balance whilst riding the waves !
To stand up well on a surf board, it is important to practise with your eyes closed to visualise one’s body in space. Train on the beach to begin with !
There is always a temptation to take all the waves that appear ! Learn to manage your energy and your enthusiasm for surfing because you may well become exhausted if you don’t ! Start out on beginner waves and take a break occasionally, contemplating the waves whilst « out the back » in open sea sitting on your board !
Beginners must equip themselves with a security cord, an individual water proof, fluro identification, a vest or a thermal wetsuit.
Before setting out check the weather conditions, tell your friends exactly where you are surfing and how long you plan to spend in the water ! Everybody is then reassured !
In case of injury or fatigue, stay on your board and wave to alert people on the beach or nearby for help. And do not forget the No 1 rule, one surfer per wave !
If you prefer to learn in a group situation or with a trainer, numerous clubs offer their services situated along the Basque coast line ! Inquire on the spot !