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>Surfing - getting started

Surfing is one of those sports which involves some basic techniques which are fundamenetal (e.g. like how to catch a wave, stand...) and for that reason alone we really do recommend you take surfing lessons from a qualified instructor. In addition to that, waves are incredibly powerful and its really easy for those new to surfing to become tired and susceptible to drowning.

If you are reasonably fit and coordinated you might get by with just a day or two worth of lessons to acquire the very basic skills but for some the learning process will take longer.

We took lessons. Read how we did! Click here...

We recommend you choose a surf school which has been approved by the British Surfing Association (there are lots of them about). A good surf school will direct you to a safe beach (i.e. one with few rock and other hazards) which is not crowded and has some smallish 'user-friendly' waves which are ideal when just starting out.

Surfing is a great sport and we think its well worth the effort!

 
Our Danger Rating: for beginner and advanced level
Surfing can be a very dangerous sport and every year loads of beginners as well as experienced surfers are seriously injured or killed while surfing.

Beginners: There are dangers when learning to surf, but if you take lessons from a qualified instructor the level of risk and danger should be kept to a minimum. See explaination below...

Advanced: For advanced surfers, as you know surfing on big waves is serious business and damn dangerous - we salute you! The DoctorDanger.com danger rating puts 'Advanced Level surfing' at 91 out of a possible 100. Yikes! See explaination below...

 

Danger Rating: for those 'Learning to surf' (69 out of 100)

Element of Danger: (15/30) it depends on how big the waves are, rips, rocks, stinging fish but if it's a sandy beginner style beech 15 out of 30

Skill level required: (21/30) it can be a bit tricky

Concentration level required: (7/10) position your self and choosing your wave is important.

Fitness level required: (9/10) it's a hell work-out.

Availability/easy to get started: (7/10) obviously if you live near a beech it will be easier, and there are an increasing number of good surf schools now.

Cost of equipment/lessons: (10/10) lessons and equipment hire are very reasonable for this sort of experience.

 

Danger Rating: 'Surfing at advanced levels' (91 out of 100)

Element of Danger: (27/30) it depends on how big the waves are, rips, rocks, sharks but if they are big, it'll be damn dangerous.

Skill level required: (29/30) respect is due

Concentration level required: (8/10) things happen quickly

Fitness level required: (10/10) top

Availability/easy to get started: (7/10) obviously if you live near a beech it will be easier

Cost of equipment: (10/10) boards last a long time (er usually)

Surf board used from £150 to £400
Wetsuit used from £50 - £200
Boots (winter use) £20
Gloves (winter use) £20
Board bag £100
Car roof rack £40