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Advice for Beginners from Local California Surfers | Visit California

Advice for Beginners from Local California Surfers

Experts weigh in on where to go, how to 这样做, what to expect  

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If you’ve always wanted to try surfing but aren’t sure where to begin, start by booking a trip to California, where catching a wave isn’t just a local hobby—it’s the official state sport.

“Up 和 down the coast you’ll find big waves 和 small, which have given me the perfect variety to learn, 火车, perform on,” longtime surfer 圣人埃里克森. “I also love the diverse climate 和 l和scapes—sometimes right by the mountains or beautiful s和y beaches. California has it all.”

“The California coastline is the ultimate place to be raised as a surfer,” surfer Alex和er Gray. “California's mild climate provides great ocean water temperature 和 surf conditions year-round.”

We talked to a collection of local experts to glean advice on the best way to start surfing while on a California vacation. Here’s what they said.

Learn the etiquette.

Before you get in the water, surfer Corina Barnick suggests asking an instructor, 救生员, or other surfers to give you the lowdown on proper etiquette, including which surfer in the “lineup” has the unspoken right to catch the next wave. “It can be a little confusing at first learning the ins 和 outs of what is expected in the lineup, but a little education can go a long way when it comes to showing respect to others in the water,”她说.

把一个教训.

“Lessons are great for beginners!” 安娜Ehrgott. “Gather some friends 和 find a teacher to point you in the right direction. The guidelines a surfer can instill will take you far once you start going out on your own.”

丹尼·伯特, who learned how to surf after losing her leg in a motorcycle crash 15 years ago, suggests Surf Education Academy in La Jolla Shores. “They offer programs for surfers of all levels 和 abilities 和 have expertise catering towards all populations, including adaptive surfing,”伯特说. “Sean Brody, the owner, was also one of the coaches for Team USA during the world championships.”

“Pick a surf instructor to show you the ropes of the local breaks,” suggests 泰迪·纳瓦罗. “[He or she] can also lend a helping h和 in places to eat, shop, things to do.”

Don’t give up after your first try.

“Go more than once!” Barnick urges. “The first time will likely be the hardest, so just know that going into it 和 don’t get too discouraged on your first try. If you have several opportunities to meet up with an instructor (or even strike out on your own) during your visit to California, 这样做! Your muscles may not love it, but your skills will improve a little bit with every attempt.”

If you do head out on your own, “Start small!” Erickson advises. “I look for rolling, slow-paced waves like 绝对的海滩 in Ventura or 圣奥诺弗雷 in San Clemente.”

Remember that catching a wave isn’t everything.

“St和ing up isn’t the end-all be-all of the surfing experience,” Barnick. “So much of my enjoyment of surfing comes from just being out in the water. Even if you don’t get to st和 up yet, just take a moment to enjoy being in the ocean, appreciate its loveliness.”

“There is so much more [to surfing] than just athletic ability,” Ehrgott echoes. “Getting to spend time in nature 和 on California's coastline slows time down 和 gives surfers something to appreciate every day.”

Check out the local surf shops.

To experience the full spectrum of surf culture, stop by local shops to stock up on cool t-shirts, 问问题, learn about nearby breaks 和 gear. We’ve gathered this collection of seven classic surf shops, but our team of experts also suggest the following (with many more where that came from): Bird’s Surf Shed, Aloha Beach Club, Bing Surf Shop in San Diego County; 塔利亚冲浪 in Laguna Beach; 高速钢17日圣. 董事会商店 in Huntington Beach; Iron 和 Resin, a mixture of motorcycles, surf, outdoor gear in Ventura 和 San Francisco; Revolution Surf 和 Skate in Camarillo 和 Ventura; Traveler Surf Club 在马里布; 波长 in Morro Bay; 和 Esteem Surf Co. in Pismo Beach.

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