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If you’ve been through surf school basic training, bought your board and are keen to spend every spare moment surfing, you’re probably wondering just how long it will take to build levels of skill and learn all the expert techniques needed for pro wave riding.
Take time to read on, and then start planning out your next beach and surf adventures accordingly!
Firstly, let’s kick off by saying that the amount of time it will take to develop the highest surf skills will ultimately depend on you. There are lots of ways you can build confidence and increase knowledge of techniques and tricks, but you’ll need to devote a good deal of time to your new sport.
When you start surfing you typically use longer, wider boards, because these are easier and help you develop confidence and skill. If you can spare the time to surf three to four times weekly, you should find you’ve developed good skills in about two years. What that means is that you’ll probably become a good judge of surf and tides, will be able to catch all the waves you aim for, and won’t have any problems paddling a long way out.
As you start investing in smaller, narrow surfboards you will begin to develop the aggressive techniques you see in experts. You’ll also discover manoeuvres and tricks along this route; particularly if you hang out with regular surfers a lot. That said, it’s unlikely you’ll be ready for pro surf competitions at this stage, but you might want to consider the benefits of hooking up with a pro coach or mentor!
You’re probably still questioning just how you’re going to get from your newbie point A to this point B expert? These tips could be the solution you seek or could point towards the best way forward to suit your current lifestyle:
Good luck, and work out your own solution for becoming your most brilliant surf self hereon. It’s all down to you!