Life in Nosara
Surfing Series: Getting Ready to Surf
Surfers around the globe have a regime they go through before they head out for a surf session. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced surfer, these simple steps will act as a guide to get you out in the water the fastest/safest way possible, because once you’re out in the ocean, it’s just you and Mother Nature.
Making your Board Surf Worthy:
There are a few simple steps to remember to keep you safe while out in the water.
- Make sure your leash is properly attached to your board and isn’t perished so it doesn’t break while surfing big waves.
- Strap and fasten the leash securely around your ankle.
- Face the leash cord outside of the ankle towards the back, this prevents you from getting your opposite foot caught when trying to catch a wave.
- Screw your fins on tight
- Your board will typically come with fins, if not, stop by the shop and ask one of our team members to help you select the right fins for your board.
- Base Coat: Put a good base coat, as the last thing you want to do is slip off your board when you’re paddling in double overhead surf. The basecoat will last longer and is typically a harder wax, make sure you push down on the wax so it sticks to the board.
- Top Coat: The top coat is a softer wax to allow it to be tacky and stick to your feet when standing. Top coat wax is dependent on water temperatures, we recommend using a tropical wax in this climate.
Stretch it Out:
As a beginner surfer, you’re using muscles you never knew you had. We highly recommend stretching beforehand, just like every surfer does, to get the body limber and ready to face anything that comes your way.
Here are a few stretches Marlon, our head surf instructor, suggests you do before your lesson/surf session.
(Marlon to provide)