7 Jersey surf tips for beginners
Hit the water in confidence & have fun
The Atlantic swell and tidal shifts, along miles of sand, make St. Ouen’s Beach the perfect place to try your hand at surfing. Whether a taster surf lesson, a one-to-one, or a family day with a difference, hit the water in confidence. Have a fun in the fresh Jersey atmosphere at one of a number of surf schools scattered across the beach. Meagan from The Surfyard shares her surf tips to help get you started:
1. Get some local knowledge
The lifeguards run from May through to October every year and are always approachable and happy to offer some advice. The internet is another great way to get some quick advice. Before you hit the waves, it is important you know about tidal movement, rip currents and check out the best place to surf.
2. Never swim or surf alone
Even with the lifeguards on duty during the peak hours, it is still always best to have a surf buddy to paddle out with. If not just for your safety but in case you catch a groovy wave, it’s always more fun to share it with someone.
3. Have as much fun as possible
Surfing can be frustrating and challenging at first but try to relax and enjoy the ride (or nose dives)! Don’t give up, you will fall a couple of times but it is all worth it when you catch a long wave all the way to shore.
4. Don’t rush onto a tiny board
Often we see people picking up second hand surf boards that are far too small to learn on. It is best to start on a big surf board, usually something a couple of feet bigger than your height. Foamie boards are the best to learn on and are what the surf school would provide.
Although surfing is a good sport to get you fit, it is important to be fit and healthy to go surfing. The sea can be strong with currents, so it’s advisable to have a certain level of strength to keep up that paddling. Yoga and swimming are very complimentary to surfing.
6. Know your limits
The conditions of the waves change on a day-to-day basis, sometimes even changing quite drastically throughout the day. If you are a beginner you don’t want to be surfing anything too big as you may experience a big wipeout. Having a scary experience in the water can be enough to put you off for a long time. So, keep within your limits and gradually build your confidence up. If you aren't sure just ask.
7. Last but not least, smile!
Surfing is a global sport that goes years back in history, with thousands of people enjoying its benefits. To be out in the elements is a liberating experience, where you’re free to reconnect and revitalise, so get out there with a smile on your face!