5 things to know before your first surf lesson

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So you’re signed up, ready to go and excited to learn at your first surf lesson. Hawaii is one of the best places to surf in the world, and nothing beats taking surf lessons on the North Shore of O’ahu. Surfing is a great workout, as well as a great way to see the beautiful waters near Haleiwa, but there are some things you should know about your first surf lesson.

Here are our top 5 things to know about taking surf lessons:

  • You get what you give
    Surf N Sea, Haleiwa’s oldest surf shop, has a variety of levels for lessons, ranging from beginner to advanced surf lessons. There are a lot of options, so no matter what, you’ll be able to find something that fits. However, the student has to put in the effort, because the lesson is all about what you, the student, chooses to make it. That can be a fun morning laughing with friends, or a start to a serious sport — whatever effort you put in, you’ll get out!
  • Come prepared
    Just like you wouldn’t show up to the first day of school without a pencil, there are a few things you’ll need to prepare for before you head to the beach. This includes knowing your physical abilities, slapping on some sun protection and eating a healthy breakfast. These quick preparations will ensure your lesson is a success.
  • Stay in your comfort zone
    While it’s great to be excited and give your first lesson your all, remember that surfing can be a difficult sport. Stay in your comfort zone, and only push yourself when your instructor thinks you’re ready.
  • You will fall
    It’s not a question of if you fall, but really a matter of when. Don’t be afraid to get wet during your lesson! You will fall in, you will get a mouthful of salt water and you will be just fine! The first fall might startle you, but it’s all part of the lesson. Just stay calm, relaxed and enjoy the warm water.
  • Your body will hate and thank you
    You will be sore tomorrow — there’s no way around that! If this is your first surf lesson, you’ll be using muscles that don’t get used on a daily basis, so you’ll feel it the next day. You’ll probably be a little sore, especially in your arms. However, this means you got a great workout, and your body just needs a short time to recover before you hit the waves again!

So now that you’re all prepped, book your first surf lesson now!

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