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  • Gower Surf School, Learn to Surf & Surfboard hire at Caswell bay, Swansea, gower, Surfing lessons in Wales
    for those taking up surfing Some Basic Points For Beginners Surfing can be a demanding sport and you should be reasonably fit and able to swim at least 50 metres in open water Ideally before planning a surfing trip it is advisable to carry out a programme of exercises spread over the course of a couple of weeks Running Cycling and especially Swimming will help improve your stamina and will help tone up the all important paddling muscles Experience in bathing at surf beaches is advantageous as it will help you develop an awareness of the behaviour of waves Always remember to carry out a warm up before going surfing and before carrying out any type of training Equipment Only use or hire soft foam boards on your first time all British surf schools are required to use 100 foam safe boards They are also super fun to use after you have had your surfing lesson they can be purchased here safe soft surfboards Surfboards Beginners need larger than average boards at least 12 inches 300 mm longer than they are tall and all boards need a suitable surf leash Soft skinned surfboards are ideal for learning to surf For next step surfboards check these links Circle one surfboard s or starter surfboards Wetsuits A one piece wetsuit either a full suit or shorty short arms and short legs is a must for surfing in Britain A 3 2 mm double lined suit is adequate for summer use however a 4 3 mm is best if you intend to surf in the Spring and Autumn Paddling Out Before paddling out always watch other surfers to see where best to enter the water Ask the advice of lifeguards or experienced surfers to find out if there are any dangers you should be aware of To paddle the board lie prone on it length wise with the nose of the board just above the surface of the water Use your arms as paddles either side of the board using the crawl swimming stroke and practice paddling to find the technique best suited to your needs Taking Off Study the pattern of the waves before deciding how far out to paddle Make sure you are not directly lined up with another surfer or swimmer and then get into position facing the beach When a suitable wave is about 5 metres from you check there are no other surfers on it and start paddling As the wave reaches you it lifts the board and if you are paddling fast enough the wave propels you forward Take hold of the rails and jump straight to your feet Your front foot should be about half way up the board with your rear foot about 24 inches 600 mm behind it Your back foot should be at approximately right angles to the centre of the board your front foot at 45 degrees Make sure all the time that the nose of the board is above the water

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