10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR FIRST SURF LESSON IN LACANAU
Are you getting ready to take your first surf lesson in the waves of Lacanau? We have prepared a small list of the crucial elements to take into account. Whether you are a complete beginner in surfing or a king of surfing, these tips will be useful to you so that you can progress while having fun and in complete safety. These are elements that we see in surfing lessons, but which will also be useful to you in your life as a surfer.
1. HAVE AN EXPERIENCED SURF INSTRUCTOR
It is always technically interesting to take a surf lesson in order to get feedback from a professional. Indeed, the activities in Lacanau attract many surfers from Bordeaux and many other places. Sometimes there are people in the water and it’s nice to take a surf lesson with the aim of being supervised and feeling safe. Additionally, our surf instructors are used to teaching at all levels. Whether for beginner surfers or advanced surfers, they adapt to your expectations. They accompany you on the beach, but also in the water. And what’s more, they are funny and kind! They will ensure you progress in a good mood and in complete safety.
2. EQUIP PROPERLY
Surfing is good, but surfing with the right equipment is better! The surf school has a large number of surfboards. This way, you can test several depending on the conditions and your progress. Also, the surf suit is an important piece of equipment. It allows you to protect yourself from different elements.
3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SURF SPOT IN LACANAU
Lacanau is renowned for its magnificent beaches and ideal waves. Every year, they attract the most experienced surfers, but also beginners. Surfing in Lacanau is a very popular activity, it is important to choose a place adapted to your level. Our instructors choose the spot according to the level of the students and the conditions. We adapt the surf lesson times to the best times of the tides.
4. UNDERSTAND OCEAN CONDITIONS
The waves at Lacanau vary in size and intensity. You should always observe ocean conditions before jumping into the water. Surfing is an activity closely linked to weather conditions and tides. Being mindful of these factors makes for a safer experience. At the start of each surf lesson, our instructors analyze the spot with the students in order to raise their awareness and teach them to read the ocean. This is an important step whether you are a beginner or confirmed.
5. WARM UP PROPERLY BEFORE TAKING THE WAVES
Warming up is not just a formality, but an important step to minimize the risk of injury. This helps maximize performance and ensure a pleasant experience. First, the surf lesson activity begins with general warm-up exercises. Then, you will learn to perform stretches more specific to surfing or dynamic movements to prepare the body and mind.
6. BE ATTENTION TO SAFETY
Surfing safety rules are essential, helping to keep surfers safe, prevent accidents, and promote a positive experience in the water. Many activities in Lacanau take place in the water: it is important to respect and apply these safety instructions in order to protect yourself and others. Our instructors are there to help you learn about them and master them.
7. LEARN THE BASICS AND IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE
Before diving headlong into the water, it is crucial to understand the basics of surfing. Become familiar with the different positions on the board, with paddling techniques and with safety and priority rules… A good understanding of technique will help you gain confidence and be more comfortable in the water .
8. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WAVES
Whether you are a beginner or experienced surfer, you can sometimes tend to underestimate the strength of the waves. However, practicing an activity in the ocean requires being attentive to the waves. Our instructors are there during the surf lesson to help you work on your understanding of the ocean.
9. PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE
Surfing is a demanding activity. It is a skill that is acquired with time and experience. You have to know how to be patient and persevere: these are the keys to success. And then as they say: it’s by falling that you learn to get up! If you are lucky enough to live in Bordeaux or the region and be able to come and take surfing lessons regularly, your progress will only be improved. If you come from further afield, our instructors will always be happy to meet you to help you improve your technique.
10. ENJOY THE ACTIVITY AND HAVE FUN
And then obviously the most important thing is to have fun! Having fun during the surf lesson while progressing is our goal! Surfing is an activity that above all allows you to enjoy the present moment and the waves, to laugh, to let go, to surpass yourself…
In conclusion, by following these tips and remaining attentive to the particularities of surfing, your surf lesson in Lacanau can only be an unforgettable experience! Whether you are a complete beginner who is a little apprehensive or a madman about skiing, we will be delighted to welcome you, support you and share our passion with you.
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