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A Beginner’s Guide to Surfing in Brazil

While surfing in Brazil might seem an amazing idea, it is a sport that needs patience and a few things to be remembered. Especially if you are a newbie, you need to take care of a few things and practice. Besides a perfect breath-taking beach and your surfboard, following are the things you need while surfing.

Surfboard

While you might be dreaming of a perfect and sleek surfboard, you need to know a beginner’s board is nothing like that. The bigger, the better. You should get a board that’s 8’ or 9’6’’. If you get a foamy one, that would be even better. And it is even suggestible to either hire or borrow a surfboard since you can’t be sure if you’d like the sport or not.

Lessons

Little steps help cover big distances. You need to first master little techniques to make it to those giant waves. You should practice catching waves in a standing position; duck dive to surf unbroken waves; and most importantly stand on your surfboard. All of these techniques can be learnt and mastered if you give it some time.

Etiquette

You should make sure to observe and follow right surfing etiquettes to not offend your fellow surfers. Don’t make the mistake of cutting in front of other surfers, or paddling around them. In case you do any of it by mistake, do apologize. You wouldn’t want to get into bad terms with the locals.

Prep

Before hitting the beach to start practicing, you need to make sure you are prepared for it. Knowing swimming or learning swimming is mandatory, since you’ll be in wild waves. Get yourself a wetsuit too. Know about the surf spots and wave levels of the beach you choose. Also, make sure you have someone to accompany you to make sure you are safe.

Fitness

Surfing is very physically demanding. You have to have the vigor and energy to fight strong waves. Besides that, you have to be flexible and should possess good endurance. It would be an added benefit to be a good sports person.

There are a lot of other things to ensure before you set out to surf. Don’t go surfing straight after you’ve had your meals. Give at least half an hour’s time before you start the sport. Also, don’t assume that you can do it all by yourself. Surfing is not an easy sport. You would definitely need a trainer. To master the art of paddling, wave riding, and carving and making it look effortless, you need training. Don’t go surfing into the waves all alone.

Like the sports that are played on ground, this one is harder because you are in the sea. The waves are unpredictable and you can never anticipate their nature. You should know your safety limits and stay well in your limits to avoid any accident. Though not all beaches, but some even have sharks. Take care of your safety and enjoy your surfing experience to the fullest.

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