This may seem obvious, but surfing involves knowing how to swim properly in the sea without fear of going underwater, which happens very often when taking lessons. One must remain modest in all circumstances, because being able to get up on a surfboard does not exempt anyone from observing basic safety rules.
The main rule in New Zealand is to surf only near beaches supervised by lifeguards. Currents can turn out stronger than expected, and rapidly changing weather conditions can surprise everyone.
In surfing, communication is essential and you should always signal your intentions to other surfers. You will usually learn the main rules and etiquette of surfing during your first lesson.
Trying to learn surfing without a teacher is the best way to annoy or endanger other surfers if you lose control of your surfboard.
Unless you are an experienced surfer, you will never surf alone and will practice exclusively in areas where you have feet, without rushing into rolls well above your means.
Even if you can’t be on the surfboard, you will have fun.
Let’s focus on finishing the classic beginner’s mistake of choosing an unsuitable surfboard, mainly because of its style, to the detriment of everything else.
There is no shame being a newbie to a surf shop. The foam board may not be the fastest, but it reduces the risk of injury for beginners.
Where are the best surf spots in New Zealand?
If you really need to choose between the two main islands of the country, I would say that the North Island offers more surf spots than the South Island, with the advantage of allowing swimming without a combination during the summer months. But the South Island does more than defend itself as we will see.
I confirm that the best waves in New Zealand are found along the black sand beaches of the West Coast of the North Island.
Considered the best surfing spot in the entire country, Raglan is a small eco-village whose heart beats to the rhythm of surfing all year round.
In reality, Raglan is just a small part of the legendary Speed Highway # 45, nicknamed “Surf Highway” by the locals.
The path runs along the Taranaki coastline offering a succession of uninterrupted beaches to surfers of all skill levels.
It is no coincidence that the best surf schools in the country are mainly concentrated near Raglan and the surrounding areas. Further north, the Auckland region is full of surprise, with Piha, a true postcard landscape. The colossal volcanic rock in the middle of the beach looks like a lion watching the surfers.
This is the advantage of living in New Zealand where surfing is a classic weekend activity. Muriwai beach which is only half an hour from Auckland and Lyall Bay which is a few minutes from Wellington are the most accessible beaches, but there are so many others! Tauranga or Gisborne on the East Coast are also very popular with beginners and surf professionals.
If the Jade Island doesn’t offer as many famous surf spots as the North Island, it is mainly due to its wild nature.
The surf beaches are mainly on the East Coast. Despite this, Sur Island has the second best surf spot in the entire country.
Saint Clair is Dunedin’s main beach. Immense, it hosts extensive international competitions, such as the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour. With waves crashing on both sides, there’s room for everyone, even if Saint Clair tends to get crowded in the summer.
Saint Clair Beach is the best place on the South Island.
The Kaikoura Peninsula on the South Island is a renowned surf spot.
Still on the East Coast, surfers find their happiness from Karitane to Brigton, but it is on the way up to Christchurch that they find a myriad of spots. Then comesKaikoura, on a peninsula famous for its whales, and where sea lions sometimes have fun climbing on surfboard.