Everyone is trying to get in the last “hurrah” of summer. Vacations are coming to an end, and school is in session in many places. What are you going to do to make this summer memorable? If you are a “beach bum”, a “sun hog”, or any other of a wide list of monikers for people who love the beach, you may have missed out on a couple of the best features of the beach – surfing and bodyboarding. Here are some ideas on how to give this sport a try.
Not Age Specific
Most people think of surfing and bodyboarding as a young-person’s sport. Well, did you give up snow skiing just because you turned 50? Did you quit riding horses at age 60? Surfing and bodyboarding are both suitable for people of all ages. People from preschool age to post-retirement enjoy the surf. And, it’s not that hard to get started.
If you have never gotten past your ankles in the surf, you’ve missed out on the glories of the ocean. Surfing and bodyboarding have almost become a science, and professionals have developed all sizes of boards to suit different body types and skills levels. Your board should support your weight, yet be narrow enough for you to paddle with it. You’ll reach your arms on either side of the board to get into deeper water, and that’s hard to do if you are narrow and your board is wide. The board will also need to be the length that goes best with your height. Once you add some fins, you’ll swim like a fish!
Keep It Simple
You may hear people talk about bustin’ spins and airs, and findin’ the sweet spot. You don’t have to do all of that. Just experience the fun of floating in the water with your board. Build up some strength and endurance paddling out into the surf, and hang on while it brings you back to shore.
Once you experience working with the board a little bit, get ready to challenge yourself. You’ll put your fins on when you’re about knee deep in water. Then, lie on your stomach on the board. You can either paddle out to the swells with your arms, one on each side of the board, or you can hold on underneath the board and put your fins down in the water, and kick out to the waves.
Just be prepared to go underwater, because that’s going to happen. Don’t worry, you’ll pop to the top. When you see a wave coming, and think you’re going to be crashed into, you stand on your knees on the back of the board. Just before the wave gets there, you try to shove yourself and the board down into the water. You’ll pop up on the other side of the wave, and you’re good to go!
Surfing and bodyboarding are great sports for anyone. With a little practice, you can enjoy the ocean as much as you enjoy the beach!
Ed Brooke is a keen traveller, he like visiting exciting locations aswell as visiting the beaches and surfing. When he isn’t globetrotting you can find him working for a shop in cornwall selling a wide range of surfboards and surf gear.