Monthly Archives: October 2015

Want to surf? Turn up the volume!

For a long time surfers were consistently taught that the length of ones surfboard was the most essential component on how difficult it was to surf. The shorter the board the more challenging it was perceived to ride a wave. Subsequently people bought bigger boards to make it easier for them to stand up on and learn to surf. However the trend in recent years has started to evolve to a shorter board that has more volume. Volume of a surfboard is determined by the length, width, and thickness of the board and then this number is used to determine the volume in liters the surfboard contains. Thus a surfboard with a large amount of volume will have a higher amount of flotation ratio in the board making it easier to paddle into waves and ultimately ride them.

When first learning to surf volume will be your most trusted friend out in the water because it allows you to paddle faster, stand up easier, and develop more confidence. Some surf schools use boards that do not have the appropriate amount of volume for first time surfers. A grown man using an 8 foot Costco bought soft top board will struggle compared to an elementary school aged child on the same board. However this strategy of putting everyone on the same board and have them try to learn to surf is exactly what the majority of surf schools employ. Others will put people on larger 10-foot surfboards that still do not have the volume needed to float a first time surfer because the width and thickness of the board is still lacking.

The thing we do differently here at Learn To Surf is we are all about the individual experience. We want to make sure we know your height, weight, age, and skill level so we can ascertain what surfboard is appropriate for you. We use custom made soft-top surfboards that have more volume than your average camp doing surf lessons. There are surfboards in our quiver that are only 7 feet long that still have more volume than a 10 foot board you will find at one of our competitors. Learn To Surf also has the “big boy” boards that are in the 10 foot range that are capable of floating a man close to 300 pounds. It is quite a discouraging experience to show up for a surf lesson and be put on the same board as a kid only to struggle and give up the sport. Our goal is to build muscle memory and confidence while you are experiencing your first surf lesson. That can only be done if you have the appropriate equipment that will allow you to paddle comfortably and keep you afloat. So come down and see why we give the best surf lessons in both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach there is no shortage of volume and smiles at Learn To Surf.

Every surfer needs volume to make their first lesson a success.
Every surfer needs volume to make their first lesson a success.

Fall Surfing in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach goes through a transformation after Labor Day as the crowds start going home. The beaches revert to a more tranquil state where only a few surfers, bicyclists, and joggers now occupy the beach. The hectic days of summer subside leaving the beach open to new possibilities and visitors. Fall is truly a paradise for surfing in Huntington Beach as the water is still warm and offshore winds howl that help the conditions of the waves. This is an ideal time to learn the sport of surfing, as there are less people in the water and more opportunities to ride uncrowded waves. Waves are like a precious resource in the summer time as there are many people competing to ride them. Like any limited resource it is not always accessible to all who seek to enjoy it, as there is a lot of competition to ride waves. A beginning surfer is not always adept to the subtleties and etiquette required to catch waves in a competitive atmosphere. At Learn to Surf we teach the etiquette required in the sport of surfing as well as the positioning and situational awareness required to catch waves. In the fall the competitiveness drastically reduces out in the water amongst surfers due to more waves and less people. Hence making it an easier endeavor and putting the student at ease, as there are fewer obstacles to overcome like people wadding in the water or other surfers. Take advantage of the season of fall out in Huntington Beach because as most know it is billed as “surf city” and during spring and summer you will truly see the “city” come out to surf. Once you learn to surf you will live to surf…I hope to see you out in the water very soon.

Aloha Nui Loa!

No one out...endless possibilities
No one out…endless possibilities