Most travelers are unaware that New Zealand is a great surfing country, with dream spots and countless schools growing across the country. Despite its elite image, surfing is a very accessible and popular sport. The ideal is to learn when you are young, of course, but you can start at any age.
With its two main islands spread out in the Pacific, the sea is never far in New Zealand.
The deserted beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, more than 6,000 kilometers.
People surf all year round, but mostly in combination, with the exception of the sunny summer months in the northern part of the country.
This article is essentially dedicated to beginners, and those of you who have never touched a surfboard in your life, but want to learn how to surf while in New Zealand.
Raglan and Saint Clair are among the best surfing beaches in the world, but the All Blacks’ successin rugby outshines all other sports.
That is after all not a problem, because you will often have the waves to yourself! On the condition of being able to stand up on a surfboard, of course …
Trying to learn to navigate yourself is an insurmountable challenge.
Considering that an unsuitable surfboard is enough to easily discourage beginners. Only a real professional can safely teach you the proper reflexes, and help you choose the right gear.
The price of the lessons is not excessive, and the best schools claim to be able to teach you to stand up on a surfboard in less than three hours, even if you are a complete beginner.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait weeks to successfully stand on a surfboard. Of course, you will fail over and over again in the beginning, but this is the price to pay to impress your friends after the holidays.
A dozen lessons are essential to learning how to ride the waves correctly. But already at the end of the first lesson, most beginners are able to get up for a few moments. To continue progressing, it is essential not to fear ridicule, and above all you have to seek fun.
Don’t imagine spending six hours straight in the water: an hour of surfing a day is already exceptional for a beginner, especially if the water is cool.
Because surfing is a very physical sport that makes all the muscles of the body work. If the unavoidable pains disappear in a few days (think about warming up before going to the water), it is necessary to take breaks between sessions.
Surf instructors say they can get you to stand on a surfboard in just three hours? This is really possible, but only if you give yourself 100% and choose your school carefully. We will see in detail how an initiation to surfing takes place in New Zealand.
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Theory is useful, but you cannot learn to surf simply by repeating movements on the beach. You will have to learn to share the waves and respect the other surfers according to the respected etiquette around the world.
This may surprise you, but part of your lesson will take place on dry land. You need to learn how to recognize the waves that can be taken before you even enter the water. A wave that breaks along its entire length should not always be surfed contrary to popular belief.
The choice of board is even more decisive, and is not limited to a question of length or thickness. A real competition surfboard weighs 4-9kg, and the best ones are built for expert surfers – the beginner will miraculously get on it for a few seconds before losing control.
It can be stated with certainty that the vast majority of accidents that affect beginners are related to unintentional collisions with the surfboard.
That is why learning always starts with a simple rigid foam board, which is not fast, but stable and easier to master.
Of course, not everyone is progressing at the same rate.
As with skiing, children learn more easily than adults who intellectualize movements rather than letting go.
Of course, the material and the combination are provided by the organizer. At the end of this article, I will give you the exhaustive list of all the certified surf schools. They all dispense with quality training, but the two best schools are located in Raglan and Dunedin.