Do I need to be a good swimmer?

No, but it certainly helps. Even if you aren’t a highly-skilled swimmer, you can still be a totally competent surfer. Of course, if you can’t swim at all, do not even think about entering the ocean. Enroll in swim lessons and spend time in the swimming pool before you take on the dynamic, and dangerous, ocean arena. If you’re in the poor-to-fair range as a swimmer, it’s advised to brush up on your skills before you try surfing. Remember, you will have the buoyancy of the surfboard under you most of the time, but you don’t want to be dependent on the board to stay afloat. There will be times when you come detached from your board, so if a dire situation arises, you need to be able to safely swim to the beach.

Surfboard FAQs

Do I need to be a good swimmer?

Am I too old to start surfing?

Should I start on a Longboard or a Shortboard?

Do I need wetsuit?

Which board should a beginner buy?

Should I bag my board?

What else do I need to go surfing?

How do I wax my board?

How do I tie the leash?

How do I install the fins?

Can I leave my board in my car?