So here comes your long awaited holiday—and you decide to give surfing a try. Under the sunny weather and relaxing break from daily hustles, going to surf camp for beginners seems like a good idea. It’s the best way to learn how to surf when you have zero to minimum experience! Here’s our best tips on handling your first ever surf camp, having the best time of your surfing holiday, and banish every insecurities.
Choose Surf Camp for Beginners that Fit Your Learning Style
Everybody has their own learning style. Some people enjoy learning something new by having a bunch of new friends around them. Some get very anxious to display their vulnerability in front of new people. Others juts can’t concentrate enough except on very private lessons. Surf camp for beginners usually offer some mode of surf lessons for beginners; group learning, pairing, and private. If they offer the three options, great. You only need to choose. If they only offer one of the surf lessons’ mode and you can’t find your learning style there, just leave and find another camp.
Choose A Surf Camp that Fits Your Personality
Every surf camp for beginners has their own unique vibes! That’s what set them different from one another. You can always find one with very relaxing, kind of slow living vibes, and one injected with pumps of adrenaline sidekicks, party nights, and very vibrant atmosphere. There’s also those surf camp with strong boho or Rastafarianism presence. So know what’s your expectation before choosing a surf camp for beginners. Are you in the mood of party? Do you picture a relaxing and peaceful surfing holiday? Are you more interested in staying with lost of people on cheerful dorm or dwell in something small and intimate? Find the one that will make your stay comfortable.
Don’t Get Too Pressured to Find Lots of Friends
Here’s the thing. If you are travelling solo and this is your first time ever to stay at a surf camp, you might feel the pressure to find friends. Some people do become anxious; thinking that nobody will like them in the surf camp. And here’s our biggest tips: relax! Everyone there is on holiday mood and they are generally much more sociable. Also, it won’t be like staying at a hotel where everyone has different purposes and destination. Everyone in the surf camp shares the same goal; to learn surf and having a good time. Most conversation happen naturally during meals and between lessons. You will have new friends coming quite automatically.
But don’t assume that you HAVE to make friends. If you want to enjoy some quiet time alone, just lie down in the sofa, read a book, pop a pair of earphone, and listen to your podcast. It’s your holiday after all, and you are free to do whatever you want to do!
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Handling Insecurity for Beginners at Surf Camp
It’s time to face the ugly truth. Some of us do feel insecure with ourselves when it come to our firsts surf lessons. We are busy thinking, “do I look stupid when I fall from the board multiple times?”, “Why can’t I remember all the techniques correctly?”, or “Why can’t I be like him/her who just surf so naturally?” and all the endless insecure questions. Believe us, nobody is thinking you are stupid for falling from your surfboard—especially when it’s your first time doing it! Just gather your confidence. Don’t bother with what people think and do your best!