How to surf in less than 24 hours

How to surf: learn how to ride waves fast and easy | Photo: Una Ola Surf Camp

Are you ready to go surfing? Is there anyone you want to teach on how to surf waves quickly? SurferToday brings you an exclusive guide to start surfing in less than 24 hours.

First of all, get your beginner's surfing equipment. You'll need a rash guard and a wetsuit to keep you warm and confident.

Then, choose a surfboard that fits your height and weight. Discover our surfboard size chart.

Surf beginners should hit the water with a large and thick surfboard in order to float more easily.

Finally, connect the leash to your ankle, and you're ready for your first surfing lesson.

Choosing the right beach is an essential moment of your surf baptism. Opt for jetty-protected beaches, low tides, and summer swells.

Small waves are available at any time of the year.

The best way to start getting used to a surfboard is to catch your first waves in the foam break.

Learn to Surf in a Day

Here's what you should do to start surfing fast:

  1. Start paddling towards the beach before the foam hits you. By doing this, you'll be pushed forward easily;
  2. Complete ten prone rides, and you'll be used to the trepidation and trembling motion;
  3. Now that you've found your balance on the surfboard, it's time to get up. Catch the wave foam and grab the sides of the surfboard;
  4. Try to keep your body in line, with your feet together and your chin and chest lifted up. Always look forward to the beach;
  5. It's time to get up and ride your first wave. Choose a good whitewater wave and try to jump up in one single movement with your feet standing on the board at the same time;
  6. In order to keep your balance, open your arms and let them help you;
  7. Your front leg should be a bit further up from the center of the board, while your rear leg should be above the leash cup;
  8. After 25 tries, you'll be surfing, that's for sure;

Accidents in surfing happen and normally aren't a huge problem.

If you wipe out while trying to stand up, make sure to jump away from the board. Protect your face and head with your arms.

Hang loose. Your first wipeout is special. Welcome to the surfing tribe.

If you need, book surf lessons. A surf instructor will help you evolve faster. Explore our Beginners' Guide to Surfing, and browse our basic tips for first-timers.