Before You Go.../Your First Time
Building paddle strength is essential because surfing requires a lot of quick paddling to get out and catch a wave. A good way to replicate the ill-defined sets we get in Texas is to paddle around a pool on a boogie board and after every 5 strokes try to duck-dive. Even though duck-diving isn't a very efficient method of getting around waves here, it's a great way to break your momentum, simulating the frequent sets that are so common in Texas.
Practice getting up by laying on the floor like your on a board. Push off with your hands near your stomach area and try to rotate your feet landing with your feet spread a little wider than your shoulders. If this is difficult, do push-ups to build strength. The other option is to go to your knees and then pop up to your feet.
Learning to get up quick will help you get a smoother better ride.
Skateboarding in bowls and doing Yoga are also great ways to cross-train.
We recommend wearing a rashguard until your body gets used to rubbing against the board.
Stretching before and especially after surfing can help prevent muscle fatigue and soreness the next morning.
If it's your first time, taking a lesson will help you learn faster. If you've done this or you're on your own here are some tips:
Rent/use a bigger board with good flotation. It will paddle easier and it will catch the wave sooner.
Pick a day that's Knee to Waist High