Summer is just around the corner here in Western Australia and I’m so excited to pull out my board, head down to the beach to get back into learning how to surf!
Jasmine is a 21 year old surf instructor and personal trainer from my local surf school, Surfing WA, and has been a fan of the sport ever since her parents registered her into Surf Life Saving as a nipper. Her dad put her on a soft board as soon as she was confident in the water and she’s never looked back.
So the weather's warming up and there’s never been a better time to hit the beach. If you’re thinking about heading out to the breaks for the first time, follow Jasmine's handy tips below:
1. The bigger the board the easier it will be to stand up. Practice jumping from a laying position to standing whilst at home or on the beach, patience is the key, it will come to you eventually and practice makes perfect.
2. If you don’t have friends or family that surf and are willing to teach you, get some lessons. Experienced coaches will show you how to paddle, pop up and get onto a wave, read waves, rips, and where to surf.
3. Be safe in the ocean. Choose a beach that suits your level of experience and has lifeguards to help you. Keep an eye out for rips by looking for sandy colored water running out to sea in a deep channel. If you ever find yourself in a rip, don’t panic, paddle parallel to the beach, and signal for assistance.
4. Be sun smart. Always remember to protect your skin from the sun during all sports and especially while at the beach, it’s too precious not to. I live in Ella Bache zinc during summer, it’s my savior!!
5. Keep our beaches clean. There are bins located along all beaches so be sure to place your rubbish in the bins or take it home with you. We are so lucky to have some of the most amazing beaches in Australia so please help to keep them that way.
Don’t be scared to give it a go, if you’re worried about the strength needed to paddle or how long it might take to learn, trust me, the benefits are amazing and with practice you’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick it up.
Jasmine’s advice is to try it if you are interested and never think you can’t succeed, “exercise is such an important part of today’s society and I think surfing is a great way of being active while escaping reality and calming the mind from day to day activities - as for strength, it will build naturally the more you practice and you will find that the body will use muscles you never knew existed.
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Catch you on the waves!
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