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Learn how to surf in a season

Growing up in and around the water I became accustomed to most aquatic activities at a young age. You name it... scuba diving, fishing, wake boarding, all of the wonderful things the ocean has to offer. It wasn't until this past winter season in Puerto Rico I decided to take on surfing.

Have you ever done something challenging for the first time and all the sudden your limits expanded. You feel unstoppable, your heart skips a beat and you can't wipe the ridiculous smile off your face.... Well that was me when i caught my first wave. since that day i haven't been able to stop my mind from day dreaming through the crystal clear waves challenging myself to push those limits even further. Don't get me wrong, it takes a lot of dedication (practice makes perfect) but all it need is that one session which totally consumes you. Here's my tips on how to learn to surf in just one season.

1. Surf every day

Once again practice makes perfect. Whether its flat, windy or too big, in any conditions pushing yourself to at least paddle out will bring your skills to another level. Understanding the different conditions and how that not only effects the way the waves form and break as well as how it effects you. Challenging yourself to get wet everyday and grow your appreciation for the water will help you understand how to handle yourself and your board.

2. Watch and learn

Seriously. Set aside some time to go to the beach and watch the waves. How they break, where they break, direction, speed, etc. Watch other surfers. Seeing all this will expand your knowledge to new levels. Take it easy kick your feet up and indulge in the fact that the sport your starting to love allows you to progress by hanging out in a hammock on the beach.

3. Don't be afraid to try different boards

Starting off surfing on a 8'0" foam board made it really easy for me to catch almost every wave i paddled in on. But... there comes a time when you need a new challenge. Don't ever limit yourself to just one board. Try new sizes, shapes, and fins. Expanding your range of boards will help you learn in bigger or smaller conditions.

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