Surfing is one of the oldest sports in the world. It is also one of the few that created its own lifestyle and culture. It’s the art of riding the waves, mixing total athleticism and love for nature. Surfing was introduced in Australia in 1914 by the legendary Hawaiian Olympic champion Duke Kahanamoku. Duke shaped the first surfboard in the country out of a solid piece of Queensland Sugar Pine.
Australia is home to some of the best surfing spots in the world, such as Surfers Paradise in Queensland and Bells Beach in Victoria. Find accommodation near these places to discover why they are the country’s finest.
Preparing Your Body
Surfing is a physically demanding sport. You need to be strong, fit, and flexible if you want to pursue it. Cycling, running, swimming, and other exercises will improve your stamina and strengthen important paddling muscles. Get a training to know the basics of the sport and learn some safety techniques. Several sessions of swimming will familiarise you with its motion.
Where to Surf
Find a spot suitable for beginners for your first session. There are beaches in Queensland with waves perfect for starting surfers. You’ll need a spot with small, gentle waves that break in deeper water. A beach that features many surf breaks is an ideal choice. Don’t choose a spot with many surfers or swimmers and steer away from the crowd.
It may require a few days to get comfortable in the water so make sure book an accommodation in Surfers Paradise or whichever area you choose to surf.
You need a surfboard that is light, easy to paddle on and stable in the water. The longer and wider it is, the easier you can manage it. You need to wax the deck of the board to repel water and prevent slipping. As you progress, you may want to try different sizes and shapes. The type you use will affect how you ride the waves and how quickly you improve. Other gear you’ll need include a surfboard leash, wetsuit, and rash vest.
Surfing etiquette is a set of rules that you should observe while surfing. In general, you shouldn’t drop in, “snake”, or hog the wave. You should also paddle properly and observe the right of way. You will learn more about these as you progress in the sport.