10 Tips for beginners in Maldives
Updated: Apr 19, 2019
1. DIFFERENT LEVELS OF BEGINNERS
The Surf it is getting more popular each day, and in respect for the sport, we reccomend you to try for the very first time in Beach Breaks until you can get more confidence.
A lot of beginners expect that 10 days in Maldives it will be enough to learn surf but do surf properly it get time and its a slow process of learning. Surf is a radical sport as any other, if it's your first time trying, we recommend read more about all the persistence involved for begginers
Some beginners never practice skateboard, wakeboard, snowboard...if they do usually its easier to learn as young you are. Mix with swimming practices and its read to try Surf. That's could be a beginner with experience.
Other Beginners has problems to adapt. Sometimes they feel afraid of the reef...other times they are so adrenalized that cannot realize what they are really doing and the process of learning it gets really slower than others.
The secret is practicing...year of practicing. Dont give up.
Its possible to learn surfing in reef breaks ... Its not the easiest way but its the closest to real surfing (riding only green waves).
Sorry to say but stand up in white water is not real surfing...lets say its a balance exercise to come surf in Maldives.
2. REEF BREAK ITS DIFFERENT
One of the most important reason to make a good shape of wave could be the wind, but the foundation it is in the bottom. Rock, reef or sand... is what will make the real difference.
Our reef breaks makes the wave perfect, more powerfull and always with same shape and same sessions... different from sand banks (on the beach breaks) that are always moving.
3. BRING YOUR BOOTIES
Its not really hard to walk in the reef, but for sure you will make some cuts on the foot. So the best way to protect your feet and make your trip easeful, is to have your own surf booties. Also will protect if you step on the sea urchins.
4. WAVE IS FASTER
As long as you run the wave, the wall will opened to you. But here the wall is really long, what can be a nightmare for those who is trying first times to keep stand on surfboard, once you need to control the board and do it really faster.
We mean, faster than the wave breaking above you.
5. NO WAY WITH BIG SWELLS
The wave it will be too big! Sometimes entering in a sea with waves bigger than what your level allows, can make a trauma and make you do not want to go back to water ever again. Wipe outs are normal and are part of the surf, but just feel prepared, in case if you were dragged to the inside, if you'll have enough energy to paddle back to the line up or back to the boat.
6. WHEN BEGINNERS SHOULD COME
Best time it will be in low pressure swell which it will make small waves and they will still fun for beginners... that use to be at the end of October until middle of March.
7. SURF SCHOOL AND BEACH BREAK
If you find a proper surf school for you first try, it will be way better for your evolution and to get the basis. As here it will be good paradise for surfing after, when you already learned how to standing and control the surf board and paddle with speed.
8. WHAT KIND OF SURFBOARD
The best option is to get a Soft board. It is lighter and works good to beginners, specially to handle and don't hurt yourself. The long boards can work as well, beyond the balance, you can paddle easier to get into the wave.
9. FOLLOW THE GOOD SURFERS EXAMPLES
Surf with good surfers in Maldives or everywhere, it is the learning on the practice. Check his or her position in the water, which session has more speed, how they paddle, or any other information... It's the perfect school and will help you to improve your surfing. The best surfers are the ones who know how to observe. Pay attention to everything and you can go anywhere.
10. THE RULES
Surfing also has rules, and in some places they work more than in others. In some places if you paddle to the wave and do not catch it, it means that you lost your turn, and this is harder for beginners to understand. As it will have more advanced people in the water, it is always good to look at the details and how everyone is doing or even asking to other surfers. The most important is always respect everyone.