Fist shaking, a bit of lip service. There’s a chance you might come across an angry oik with a penchant for tyre slashing, but in the vast majority of times, it’s just posturing.
You breach. You gob and gawp and hack at the briny blue. Have you been under for three minutes? You fell on the biggest wave you’ve ever tried. You ate it. Four minutes? More?
Tell the truth about your experience and what you’d like to achieve. More time surfing waves and less time drinking sea water.
This is terrible, terrible advice. The first suit I bought was a £20-something, holey nightmare. 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.