Things to Know Before your First Surf Lesson (Part 3)
Choose the right size of wetsuit and board
It is the obvious rule applied to whatever the sport that you must use the right size of equipment. However, in surfing, it is even more important as it can increase or break the speed in which you learn and master the skill. Regarding your size, select the right length, width and volume of board because if it is too small means it do not have enough voluminous to keep you afloat which means you’ll never end up standing up on it. Furthermore, it’s critical to choose the right style of board that is suitable for your ability, it’ll prevent you from improve your skill if you choose a short board that looks good but is impossible to get up on.
We assume that you are reading this article because you are probably beginners, so ideally, you should be looking to buy something around the 8-foot mark with lots of volume and it is best to made from foam or plastic materials. Then the more your skills improved, the shorter you can choose your board. It’s worth to understand that all kind of short board that experienced surfers using are not very appropriate to beginners because they are buoyant and require advanced technique and expertise to master. If you begin surfing with a small board, then you’ll quickly end up fail and being discouraged and all the pleasure you once expect to experience during your first session will be lost as the opportunity of managing to stand up and ride on a wave are small.
When it comes to wetsuits it’s almost just as important as anything else. Select the right materials and thickness of 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm, etc… depends on the water temperature of the destination that you’ll be surfing in. Then select a size that fits you, because it must be suite tight so that water isn’t flushing into your body. In winter, pick some booties, gloves and even a hood if you expect to surf more than twenty minutes in the cold water.