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  • Writer's pictureWill Ermish

Why You Should Learn to Surf in Santa Monica!

Surfer riding the barrel of a wave

Are you ready to catch some waves and become a surfing pro? Well, buckle up buttercup because learning to surf in Santa Monica is a wild ride!

First things first, let's talk equipment. When choosing a surfboard, remember that bigger is better (at least in the beginning). Think of it like a training wheel for a bike, it's easier to balance and control a larger board. And let's not forget the wetsuit, because let's be real, nobody wants to catch a wave with hypothermia.

Now it's time to hit the beach and show off your new gear. The best spot for beginners is Bay Street beach break, where the waves are smaller and more consistent, making it the perfect spot to wipeout without getting hurt too bad. But before you jump into the water, make sure to check the tide and wind conditions because nobody wants to end up in Hawaii (not that it's bad, but it's a long swim back).

Once you're in the water, it's time to paddle out and catch some waves. Paddling is like a cardio workout, but instead of a treadmill, you're in the ocean with the chance of getting attacked by a shark (but don't worry, the chances are very low). Once you're in position, it's time to catch your first wave. Pop up to your feet and ride the wave towards the shore, just like in the movies (but without the cool soundtrack).

As you progress, you'll learn how to control your board and maneuver on the wave. This includes turning, trimming, and riding the wave in different directions (or just falling off in different directions). The key is to stay relaxed and focused, and to keep practicing.

Surfing is a fun and challenging sport that requires patience and dedication. With the right guidance and practice, you'll be catching waves in no time. Santa Monica is a great place to learn to surf, with its consistent waves and friendly beach culture (and hot lifeguards, let's not forget that).

In addition to the physical benefits, surfing also has many mental benefits. It's a great way to relax and clear your mind, and the sense of accomplishment from catching a wave is unmatched (except for maybe catching a Pikachu in Pokemon Go).

When learning to surf, safety should always be a top priority. Always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the conditions of the water and weather. Always surf with a partner and never surf alone. It's also important to be aware of the local surf laws and regulations (or just hope the cops are having a slow day).

In summary, learning to surf in Santa Monica can be a fun and rewarding experience. With the right equipment, guidance, and practice, you'll be catching waves and impressing the beach babes in no time. Remember to stay safe, be patient, and most importantly, have fun!


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