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A Beginners’ Guide to Surfing Gear and Safety Tips

Embarking on your surfing journey is not just about embracing the waves; it’s about properly preparing to make every surf enjoyable and safe. At the heart of this preparation is grasping the essentials of the right gear and understanding the fundamental rules of any lineup. We believe that a solid foundation sets the stage for a lifetime of surf and respect for the ocean. We’re here to guide you through the essentials of beginning surfing with confidence and care.

Beyond gear, it is crucial to dive into surfing’s safety rules—knowing your limits, understanding the ocean’s behaviour, and learning how to fall correctly to avoid injuries. With us, you’ll not only get acquainted with these basics but also learn how to handle your first waves easily. It’s all about making your first steps in surfing as fun and safe as possible.

Essential Gear for Beginners

When you’re just starting out with surfing, having the right gear is equally as important as the wave you choose to ride. At the core of any beginner’s gear list is a surfboard. We recommend starting with a soft-top surfboard, which tends to be safer and more forgiving for new surfers. These boards are less likely to cause injuries during falls and are easier to handle in the water. Next, a good quality wetsuit that fits well is crucial for protecting you from the cold water and preventing rashes that arise from board friction.

Once you’re starting to progress, don’t rush! Most surfers want to jump on the smallest board they can, straight away. When buying your next board, remember, that volume is your friend! Larger boards allow you to learn to surf properly and can help foster better technique.

Additionally, a leash is a must-have. It keeps your surfboard attached to your ankle and prevents it from drifting away if you fall off. For your safety and comfort, also consider getting a rash guard, wax for your surfboard to enhance grip, and sunblock to protect your skin during those long hours in the sun. We carefully select products that are durable and eco-friendly, ensuring that we meet your needs while also protecting the environment.

Depending on where you’re surfing, make sure to wear a wetsuit that is appropriate for the water temperature! A cold surfer is an unhappy surfer!

Understanding Surfing Safety: Key Rules and Tips

Surfing is an exhilarating sport but comes with its set of risks. Understanding key safety rules is fundamental and will make your surf journey much more enjoyable. First and foremost, always be aware of the surfing conditions. Checking the weather and wave forecasts can help you avoid dangerous situations. If in doubt, don’t paddle out.

We always emphasize the importance of never surfing alone when learning. Having a buddy not only increases the fun but also ensures that there’s someone to lend a hand or call for help in emergencies.

Knowing and respecting local surfing etiquette not only keeps you safe but also helps maintain a harmonious environment in the water. Be sure to always wait your turn for waves and avoid ‘dropping in’ on someone else’s wave. This can be dangerous for both surfers.

Lastly, always listen to any guidance from lifeguards and more experienced surfers. Their tips can be invaluable in unfamiliar or challenging conditions. With these safety measures in place, you’re all set for a safer surfing experience. If you are interested in learning to surf in a safe, and supportive environment, contact us at AWAVE Travel and we can recommend the best surf camps or resorts for you!

Written by The AWAVE Travel Content Team

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Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.