The two most important things about continuing your Surfing journey. Or should I say the two most important things to improve your learning curve are, your surfboard and the waves you are surfing. If your board is too big or too small, It's no good. If the waves are too big or too small, they are no good either. So make sure your qualified surf coach directs you to the right equipment. If you have had a 5 day course and completed all the tasks asked, then look at something around the 8ft mark. You will want plenty of thickness and width. A 'soft rail' or forgiving rails wont catch so much and allow for you to make minor errors on the waves. Remember, when your learning to surf, everything wants to be a little bit easier rather then a little bit harder. So If your board is a few inches longer, that means it will only make things a little easier. A common mistakes is made when students buy boards that are too small !! This error will only slow down your learning curve. Make sure you know your limits or at least understand you dont need to learn in big waves. Practice on the foam, master the white water before going out the back. Try to understand how you timing works. I often see people thinking they are Smart because they managed to get out the back but when they get out there, they dont know what to do. So tame the foam first. If the waves are around knee to waist high, this is good. You can even go out the back and start going for green waves. If the the waves are waist to head high. Stay on the inside chill on the foam waves. keep repeating this procedure and in time you will find yourself becoming more and more confident. The last thing you want is to go out the back and get absolutely nailed. This is no good for your confidence and you may not want to ever surf again. So stay cool and be patient. Progression will come.
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