The hot sun, warm water, fresh wind, and you fly along with the wave, with the wind, and the speed overwhelm all your thoughts, you are calm and you feel there is nothing better in this world right now. Sounds great? So, you should learn to surf also! It is not that difficult as many people think. The most important thing is to have a desire and leave your fears far behind to discover the new world of wild freedom. However, there are a few rules you need to know before you start.
Learning process can be divided into three phases: beginner, advanced, almost professional. The beginner learns new terms, theories, rules that have not been heard before, accumulates basic skills and, of course, has a pleasant time. We recommend setting up a weekend at school for this stage. The investment is minimal, but you will find out whether you can get to know the community, acquire the basics, and the necessary skills. Choose school inventory to get started.
The boards for beginners usually have leg loops and are covered with a soft EVA coating. Beginner sails are designed for sailing without gliding. They have a large “belly”, work well in light winds, are light and small. Is it worth buying this equipment? It is up to you. Such equipment can be “grown” already during the first school and it will become uninteresting, will not challenge you. Overall, the equipment for beginners is not expensive made very firmly, it lasts a long time.
Do not swim with a surf without a protective vest. Vests are a must for beginners. Your ability to swim well here means nothing. You may encounter unexpected situations while swimming. The vest will not only help you stay on the water longer and save strength while floating but will also cushion the shocks. It is recommended to use a safety helmet when learning to perform some tricks.
The wind direction should always take you to a shore. It possible that the mast, hinge, or rudder can break during surfing, and you can be injured. When the wind blows from the shore, water currents can form that will carry you away. If it already happens that you cannot reach the shore, never leave the board. First, the board is a buoy. You can sit on it and save your energy. Second, rescuers find it much easier to see a floating windsurf.
If you are in some danger, wave with your arms crossed over your head. Do this in clear terms and for a long period so that people can see you. The moves must be clear, leaving no doubt that this is a signal for help. This is an international call for help.
There are rules for cross passing in water. You can get to know them at a surfing school. Try to swim where you see other people. A mobile phone placed in a waterproof case is also useful. You can always call for help. The stable connection at sea is about 10 km from the shore.