23 May ONE STEP AT A TIME
Have you ever dreamed of being one of those surfers who rides barrels and does astonishing maneuvers? It seems really fun to ride a wave with a short board, doesn’t it? Well it is indeed really fun, but it also takes a long time to get there. Leave the fantasy of having a short-yet-sexy-looking board just for now. Many of the surfing gurus suggest beginners don’t use a short board. Why? Because short boards require some skills that need to be honed for quite a while, whereas you are at the novice stage. So which board do you actually need to use at beginner level? The answer is a longboard.
You might think that it isn’t cool to ride that big chunky foam board, but it will help you a lot. Longboards have a greater volume, which will help you to practice your paddling techniques, understand waves and take off with ease. However there are lots of surfers who really enjoy riding a longboard (just not a foam one for beginners), and you might fall in love with that type of board as well!
At our houses in Bali and Taghazout, we have two types of longboard—soft-top and hard-top—that will help you to practice your surfing skill in a way that suits you. The soft-top, as its name suggests, has a basic design with a foamy surface to protect you from the impact when you get a wipe out, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t hurt yourself if you are not paying attention to the rules. You will probably get a bit of rash from the friction between the board and your skin, but don’t worry, we provide a rash guard for you. Since the top surface is made from foam, you won’t need any wax for this type of longboard. The hard-top, where you can get the ‘waxing your surfboard’ experience, has less buoyancy than the soft-top since it is made from a fiberglass.
When you surf with us, you will usually go with the soft-top if you never surfed before and then our instructor will tell you when you are ready for the hard-top based on your progress.
Once you ‘master’ this type of board you can start to consider trying different shapes, sizes and lengths of board, such as the fun-board which is a good board for the transition from the longboard to the short if you want to take things a step at a time.
So, are you ready for your surfing experience with us?