6 Mistakes Every Beginner Surfer Makes

From not wearing a leash to going too short, too soon. We were all kooks once....

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Surfing is hard.

Being a snowboarder or skater, you naturally assume you’ll take to it. It’s just other boardsports, right?

Oh. Hell. No. This is one of (if not, the) hardest sport you will ever learn. Nothing destroys egos more wonderfully than two hours on a foamie in the cold North Atlantic.

It has been known to bring fully grown men to their knees, cursing the day they ever thought about mastering surfing.

It’s like an abusive relationship. The sea will throw you over the falls, flush your insides out with saltwater, hurl your board in your face.¬†Even after months of practice, you’re only slightly less shit than when you started.

However, when you actually¬†catch a wave, it’s like crack. It’ll keep you coming back for more, time and again.

We were all kooks once. Everyone knows that feeling of awkwardly getting donked on the head by their own board or frustratingly being unable to paddle out back.

So, we’ve put together the six mistakes every beginner surfer makes…


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