This is terrible, terrible advice. The first suit I bought was a £20-something nightmare from a supermarket. It was hardly better than a t-shirt, but it was great for my early surfing ability.
Reef breaks. Scary stuff for a beginner surfer. Thoughts of cuts, infections, tropical diseases. But not all reefs are created equal.
Getting “out the back” — beyond the white water — isn’t something to shy away from. After the first few times you go surfing, it’s time to get out there.
Surfer’s ear is nasty, and it’s not rare. Luckily for us, it’s completely avoidable. With one little piece of kit, you can avoid one of the worst parts of cold water surfing.
Going “over the falls” is at once one of the most unsettling and liberating feelings. It wakes you up, scares the blue hell out of you. But you bounce back.
Always cover your head. Boards are dangerous, fins are sharp, heads are important. It’s not worth the risk. Cover your head.
Are you ready? Have you trained enough? Can you handle it? Famous surf spots are terrifying. But only because you forgot one crucial thing.
Jey, surf coach and owner of Newquay surf school Cornish Wave, sent over his guide for how to read waves. Check out this useful infographic.