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Tips for Better Winter Surfing in South Australia
Check out these surfing tips on equipment to nutrition and everything in between as the winter waves get intense in South Australia.
By: Beyond the Classroom
Whether you are a beginner leveling up, or already working on technique, here are the top tips on winter surfing:
1. Try to have a warm wetsuit.
Everyone has heard of peeing on a wetsuit to keep it warm, but a wetsuit made for the winter is the main step. A good wetsuit that has a thickness of 5mm, or at least 4mm is fine. Have ready boots, gloves, and a hood, too. Boots shouldn't be too tight to prevent control, and your gloves must allow blood to circulate.
2. Accept your limitations.
Winter surfing can be extreme! Before you know it, your body is tested by freezing conditions in the water, and by forces in the wintry sea. Plan out and budget your time surfing.
3. Pick the right surfboard.
This depends on your level of skill, and the sizes of the swell you will work on. New surfers will be fine using heavier and wider boards for better balance. If you need options for a board hire, find a link below on surf lessons providers on good beginners' level beaches in South Australia.
4. Food and good hydration
Drink some water sometime before surfing, as you never know how much the body actually sweats despite the cold. If you think you are vulnerable to cramps, then eat a few bananas before you head out.
5. Stretch properly
A warmup is a must even more for winter surfing. Take a short run, and also some good stretches.
6. Timing is everything.
Keep safe and have fun with a physically demanding sport. This is mainly through right timing, among other factors. Winter is a combination of conditions, both unpredictable and otherwise. Focus on manageable details, such as finding good spots for a paddle out, or finding a suitable point to surf less-hostile waves.
To sum it up, it's a source of comfort that winter weather brings out the quick-moving waves ideal for surf training. With enough preparation and training, you can break out of your comfort zone and level up!
If you're on the lookout for specialists in Learn to Surf Lessons, Surf Camps, Surf Hire, and more at Middleton, Moana, and other great South Australian locations, then get in touch with Surf and Sun at https://www.surfandsun.com.au/
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