2. Its embarrassing
As with anything you learn, and by the very nature of being new to something you’ll need to surround yourself with others that are more experienced than you. By learning from the wiser you, in turn, develop your skills through practice and in surfing this couldn’t be a truer statement.
Unfortunately, this comes at a social price. Wiping out, missing waves and generally ‘kooking it’ comes in many embarrassing and hilarious forms.
Here are two of our favourites.
‘Going over the falls’ – This is a firm favourite for any surfing spectator, similar to being washed over a waterfall, going over the falls is when a surfer is unexpectedly or unwillingly pitched and taken with the curvature of the breaking, often resulting in several underwater summersaults and dazed gasps for air.
‘Pearling’ – This gem is the developing surfer’s nightmare and source of constant bafflement. The face of the unexpecting learner surfer seconds before the nose of the surfboard dips into the trough of the wave, sending the participant head first into the now breaking wave with a mouth and nose full of salt water in a unique scorpion position before the remaining wave seals the deal. It is feeling we’ve all had and a frequent sight on the surfing beaches around the world.