Tips to Know Before You Teach Your Kid to Surf

Surfing is one of the best water sports where you can have a lot of fun and enjoyment with your kids and friends. Hitting waves provides you the excitement and refreshment to your body and mind. You need to surf based on the shape of the wave as it can be classified into many types; it may be sucky, barrelling or tubing. If you need to teach surfing to your kid it is better to choose spilling waves because it is very soft, mellow or fat and well-suited for beginners. The swell is also the most remarkable thing to consider, a good wind swell is created by more localized winds and they are choppy as well as short-lived. Let see some of the helpful tips which will help you when you teach your kids to surf.

  1. Choose the right surfboard and wetsuit:

When you choose the surfboard ensure that it is designed with lightweight materials so you may feel easy to float, it must be crafted with foam to stay stronger. They are wide in shape to give a good balance for you; it also gives an ability to handle the waves which allows you to turn easily and float perfectly with rigid support.

It is also a great idea to check the local temperature of water to ensure whether it is cold, so have a wetsuit it also protects your skin from scratching against the board. Soft longboards are specifically designed for kids and beginners to give a lot of thickness and stability. When you teach surfing to your kids, use the big board so that they may learn faster, ride more waves and have fun! Have a right wetsuit to accommodate yourself in cool or hot water.

  1. Pick the right spot:

When you choose the surf spot make sure that it is comfortable for your kid, if you have picked the exact location then point your surfboard towards the shore and start paddling. Just make sure that the wave quality is suitable for you to do surfing, position yourself perfectly on the board. You need not sit so back because the top of the board is sticking out of the water, find a good balance and extend your legs to begin paddling. Stay away from heavy shore beaches, point breaks reefs breaks and also check the weather condition to have the friendly spot. It is the better option to select the mellow sandy bottom spot with slow mushy waves for enjoying surfing.

  1. How to stand up on your surfboard:

When you teach surfing to your kid, start from how to stand on the board, if you cannot balance then it will be impossible to surf. When waves are coming near you turn it to the shore and get on the board from your chest, the exact move is very important in the development of your surfing.

Make sure that you have a correct foot position; it must be smoother and quicker when you start surfing. Keep your hands stretched while sitting flat on the board, it will enhance your balance and makes the next step much easier. Bring your front leg forward between your hands and place it flat in the center of your board for seeking better movement. If you feel the speed is very fast then lean your body back; if it is too slow then lean front.

  1. Know how to catch a wave:

Catching waves will be an amazing feeling, but when you try to catch you must get to your surfboard and move as fast as possible in the water to match the speed of the wave. Picking the right wave is an excellent skill in surfing; if you choose the worst wave then you may lose priority and end up riding. If the board is harder it will force you under the water.  

You must point the board towards the shore and when the waves hit you jump on the board and ride smoothly. To know better paddling you must stay smooth and keep your board in a flat position, do not stand far away from the board because you will push the water. Waves will break into two directions; first, they begin to curl then spreads out, these types of waves are ideal so you can ride either by right or left shoulder.

  1. Paddling Out:

When the waves are approaching you then you have two choices either to go over or duck under; make sure that the board is perpendicular to the wave. Push down with your weight on the front of the board and duck under using your head down. Use the foot to press down the back of your board when you start to dive, it will help to prevent you from injuries.

When you try to paddle decide which leg should be placed in front and which will be in the back if it is hard to find then gently push from the back while you face forward. The foot which gives a good grip and control is the best foot to be placed in front position. It is necessary to wax your board with proper wax for different water conditions. Some of the surfboards will be better in cold water and the rest will work efficiently in warm water.

  1. Don’t rush in the water:

When you go for surfing spend some time on the dry land and stretch your arms, check your surfboard to ensure whether it functions properly and take time to read the waves. Find seashore with steadier waves so that you’re surfing will be smoother, first choose the smaller waves to surf and then catch bigger waves.

It is important to observe the correct etiquette while surfing; otherwise, you may feel uncomfortable while standing on the surfboard. Choose the large surfboard which may help you to stay comfortable while you surf, keep your arms stretched to gain a good balance. Wait for the right day with a little surf, wear a lifejacket and paddle around in the water; the protective lifejacket will keep you safe and secure whenever you go surfing outside.  

  1. Know what rip currents are and how to get out of them:

Rip currents are very dangerous to any surfer or a swimmer because the water flows out to sea at a higher rate and the waves begin to break, it is impossible to swim against the rip current. It is also important to identify avoid and escape from the dangerous current, the speed varies average speed can 1-2 feet per second.

It can take even the strongest surfer into the sea, you may see the change in color within the rip, and it may look murkier from sediment or greener from the depth. Do not try to paddle directly against it, you need to paddle parallel to the sea so the waves will be pushing in. it is very essential to choose the right spot which can be good for your level there is some sandy beach for well-advanced surfers and rocky beaches for beginners.

  1. Have Fun:

Winter normally brings bigger and better waves, the more you move and paddle the warmer you will stay and blood will circulate throughout the body. You can use petroleum jelly which can create a good barrier between your skin and the sea so that you may feel moisturized and prevents from freezing.

Choose the exact position and rub your hands together also move your feet to create a good motion to keep yourself warm. Surfing is one of the best ways to have fun and enjoy in the world; the ocean gives you a lot of resources to enjoy with your friends or neighbors.  When the cold water hits your body first, it may give a huge shock to you at that moment you should try to push yourself and do not go back to the dry land.

  1. Get Yourself a Soft-Top:

Soft tops have a lot of modern longboards and shortboard design which is also crafted with safety features, the soft deck, and materials of this surfboard will give a soft and smooth feel when you blow down your head. Soft surfboards are well-suited for beginners and it is extremely durable and affordable than the other traditional surfboards.

It can also be used for ocean rescue operations because it is soft on the outside but harder inside; the bottom of this board is shielded with hard plastic-type material to give a stronger support for the surfer. It is very easy to use and perfect to learn because it doesn’t hurt yourself and others. To make it more soft and strong, a solid hardwood material is used which also gives a good flexibility; this feature can enhance the confidence of the surfer to ride in any position.

  1. Go surfing on the right day:

Before you go surfing, consider the weather conditions, you must know from which direction the wind is blowing fast, where the wind comes from, what is its swell size to choose the exact location. When you need to surf it is very essential to know about the wind whether is less or more to the shore; it has the capacity to break the waves and the surfboard.

So you must be careful while choosing the surf spot, it is good to pick the smaller waves than the bigger waves. You must notice the size of the wave, how high the wave is from bottom to top of the lip when you surf focus on finding the size of the wave. If there is no wind or very little then it is the better condition to surf.


Choose the right spot and surfboard for surfing, it must make you comfortable when you try to catch the waves! There is no other sport like surfing. I hope this article will guide you to make your first surfing experience a great one!

1 thought on “Tips to Know Before You Teach Your Kid to Surf”

  1. Thanks for this super cool post, Brittany. I never thought about surfing with kids, but it is such a great water sport! I was always nervous about rip currents and the cold water… I just assumed that they would be miserable. Thank you for sharing your tips to have fun surfing with kids!


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