Surfing is hard. It seems to have a steeper and far less forgiving learning curve than so many other sports, other ocean water sports being an exception. The ocean is a difficult learning environment – it is unpredictable, fraught with hazards and no two waves are ever the same. All these factors can make learning to surf very, very difficult. Most of the problems beginners have are caused by the same few common errors and in most cases easily put right. Knowing what these are and how to correct them can mean faster progress and avoiding the severe frustration which results from making the same mistakes over and over.
First things first - An easy solution to some beginner's mistakes
One common factor among beginner surfers who are struggling is their choice of board. When you are starting out you need as buoyant and stable a platform as possible and this means a big long board with lots of volume. Narrow, short boards, which may seem so appealing, prolong the novice stages and have no forgiving factors for early errors.