WHAT TO EXPECT I N YOUR FIRST LESSON
Yes, you should get a lesson. They’re not crazy expensive – typically from R250 to R450 for your first time, depending on whether you go by yourself or with a group – and will include a board and a rash guard or wetsuit. ‘ We spend about 20 minutes on the beach going through a lot of safety stuff, learning about the ocean, rip currents, tides, and hazards,’ says Richard Schmidt, the owner of an eponymous surf school in Santa Cruz, California, who has been teaching surfing for 40 years. After that, you’ll post up on the sand to determine your stance and practise pop-ups, smoothly transitioning from your stomach to your feet. When it’s finally time to surf, you’ll head into the whitewash ( see The Visual Glossary on page 72) to practise catching already broken waves and popping up to stand. Your instructor will give you a push at first to help you with speed and timing.