How To Ride A Longboard Surfboard

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Laura Surfing in Costa Rica holding firewire surfboard

Learning how to surf? Nothing is better than a longboard surfboard, and we’ve got you covered with all the longboard basics for beginners. Let us give you a few tips about finding and using the best board so that when it comes time to hit the waves, you’ll be ready.

Choosing the right board

There’s an undeniable appeal to shortboards – so easy to transport, so easy to carry, and those professional surfers make them look so easy to ride. We get it – we’ve been there.

If you’re just starting out, though, a longboard is what you need. It offers better stability and floatation, is easier and faster to paddle, is simpler to stand on, and makes it easier to catch waves – even the small ones!

Of course, choosing your board will involve a lot of personal preference, but we do have a few tips you should probably keep in mind:

  • When it comes to finding the best longboard for beginners, our secret is the bigger, the better! Aim for a board that’s 3 feet taller than you are and as wide as possible.
  • Epoxy boards offer great durability and floatation, while soft tops are more comfortable while riding (and falling). Either is a great choice for beginners.
  • Expensive boards do not make a better surfer make! Don’t be tempted to drop all your cash for a pricey longboard. Secondhand boards are just as great – maybe even better.

How to surf a longboard

You’ve found your perfect board and now it’s time to put it to use. Here’s how to longboard for beginners, a step by step guide for finding and riding the perfect wave.

  1. Pick the perfect place

Half of your surfing experience is going to be finding the right place to surf – don’t expect to simply show up to the beach and catch great waves whenever you want. Take some time to check weather conditions and tide patterns before starting off so you can ensure a safe, enjoyable ride.

  1. Paddle out

Get in the water! There. Enough said.

  1. Pass the break

If you’ve mastered the whitewater, then it’s time to get out to the unbroken waves. Because your longboard is insanely great at floating, this is probably going to mean executing a few turtle rolls until you’re past the break line.

  1. Find your wave

Go ahead and join the lineup and be sure not to get in the way of other surfers who were there first – no one likes a wave hog. Face the waves until you find one that looks promising, then turn to shore and get ready to ride.

  1. Catch your wave

Start paddling and be sure to use long, powerful strokes. You want to go at the same speed as the wave, so you remain in the lower 1/3 until it’s time to ride. Wait until you feel a slight lift on your board, give two more strong paddles and then let the wave take over.

  1. Execute the popup

When you’re about 2/3 of the way up the wave, it’s time to execute your pop up. If you’re out riding unbroken waves, you should definitely know how to do this by now.

Unforgettable surfing experiences

Here at Kalon Surf, we offer more than longboard basics for beginners – we offer an unforgettable surfing experience. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a pro, come join us in paradise for a surfing experience like no other. Contact us today to book your journey or to learn more.

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