WHAT TO EX­PECT I N YOUR FIRST LES­SON

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - GETTING STARTED IN SURFING -

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.

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