Pay respect to the local surfers- Most of us are passionate about this hobby we have and like to spread the knowledge. This goes for any hobby but most especially for those with tight knit communities. Many surfers are more than willing to teach you the ins-and-outs of surfing, the tides of your local beach, how to paddle out without being pounded to a sandbar and the courtesy involved with the sport. If you are new in the sport, ask for help.
Purchase the right board for your surfing area- if the area has a small surf wave, don’t buy short surf boards. Short boards often plow through the water and make it difficult to paddle fast in catching small waves. Small boards usually feature a stomp pad on the back which is often used in extremely tight maneuvers like cutbacks. When you are unsure about what board to get, you can ask for the help of the surf-shop employees of the shop found in your locality.
Use the right wax for your conditions – This is important. One of the things that can frustrate you the most is when you are out in the water and you keep on slipping off the board because you have the wrong wax. There are two kinds of wax, typically. The cold-water wax is softer and stickier than wax that is for warm water. If your water is cold enough that this kind of wax will not melt, then use it. Warmer weather, however, is problematic for cold-water wax since it has a low melting point and will run off the board leaving your fiberglass board slippery and you will fall off every time you try to stand up.
Surf the outside break- there are a lot of newbie surfers who try to surf wave on the shore break. This could be the most common mistake. These aren’t the waves that people surf. If you surf these you will never get any significant ride. You will also put your surf board to be damaged if you surf the shore break- the skeg or the stabilizing fin located at the bottom of the surfboard can get caught in the sand and snap off which sends you off flying into the sand. Look for sandbars where the waves break away from the shore. This would let you surf wave on the deep enough water over the sand bar without breaking your board. It also gives you room to maneuver.
If you live in a cold climate, do not go surfing in winter – It may be tempting, and the waves are often best in winter. A number of surfers do surf during the winter but that is not a wise thing to do. Surfing in the cold water of winter can bring about a condition called “surfer’s ear.” This is that growth in the ear that would let you lose an essential amount of hearing in that specific ear. It is caused by cold water entering the ear canal. Surfing waves during the winter season is definitely not worth it, trust me.