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2nd Day in Rockaway: Surfing for Beginners

2nd Day in Rockaway: Surfing for Beginners

This post is part of a series called 30 Days in the Rockaways where Sarah Knapp explores a new outdoorsy side of NYC and lifestyle for herself as an urban outdoor enthusiast. Full series here. 

One of the major reasons I wanted to be at Rockaway Beach was to learn a new sport: surfing. Surfing is notoriously difficult to catch on to and I was forewarned of many tiresome hours being pummeled by waves. I decided that this might be a good time to invest in my continuing education so I signed up for a surf class with Skudin Surf School.

It was fantastic - here are a few pointers.

5 Tips for Beginner Surfers:

1)   Take time to research and learn about tides and swells. That way you can make informed decisions about when to go surfing as the weather will effect the difficulty of the waves.

2)   Know where your board is. If the board is between you and an oncoming wave, the board could hit your head.

3)   Surfing is just like yoga: popping up involves an upward dog and a warrior one of sorts plus the goal is all about finding your center.

4)    Strong Front leg. Once you start you’ll see the difference immediately.

5)   Respect. It’s all about respect: respect the waves, respect the space of others, and respect your own abilities. 

If you're ready to get out and try surfing yourself - here's a Quick Guide to Surfing in the Rockaways.

Note: If you are an urban dweller with an adventure story - we want to hear it! Email contact@outdoorfest.com. 

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