Learning to surf requires patience, time, and passion. When first learning how to surf, choosing the right board can play a major role in how quickly a beginner finds success. Soft-top boards are particularly popular for beginners because they cause less damage when they hit the body, a common occurrence among new surfers. As beginners improve, they can upgrade to a better board made out of epoxy or fiberglass. Beyond the surfboard, a wetsuit is a good investment if you live in an area with cold water temperatures at least part of the year.
Choosing a surfing spot also plays a role in how quickly beginning surfers improve. Good entry-level spots have straight shorelines and are less crowded than popular surf spots. When there are less surfers in the ocean, beginners have more chances to practice riding the waves and can improve at a quicker rate.
Further, before going out on the water, new surfers are advised to practice their pop ups. A good pop up, which involves quickly transitioning from lying down on your board to standing crouched on the board using a single motion, is key to riding a wave successfully, and practicing the technique on land makes it easier to execute in the water. The pop up requires a good amount of arm strength, making pushups a beneficial training supplement.