There really is so much you can learn about surfing. Not only does it keep you in incredible shape, it also makes you more conscious about our Planet Earth that we live on. It will make you more aware of storms, wind, tide, ocean swells, and much more. Surf Safety in the ocean and how to paddle properly are the first things that we teach. It is important to understand that the ocean is big and powerful; while surfing is one of the most fun things to do, it should also be taken very seriously. The locations that we teach at are mostly shallow waters, so falling properly is taught by our surf instructors. Currently we are teaching up north on the Mendocino coast. With the water being colder in this location we amped up the warmth on the wetsuits we use for teaching. During the summer we use 3.2 mil and 4.3 mil wetsuits with 7 mil booties (aka shoes). During the winter we use only 4.3 mil and 5/4 mil with rash guards and hoods. Warmth is a very important part about learning to surf. The equipment we have for our students is guaranteed to keep them warm. They are going to be having so much fun that they will not notice the water temp. The only thing that will be on their mind is riding waves.
Furthermore, I want to talk about conditioning for your surf lesson. Surfing relates to snowboarding and skiing when you try it for the first time. Do you remember how sore you here after the first day of snowboarding/skiing? Well, surfing for your first time will be similar but not as extreme. Your upper body will be a little sore after the surf lesson. However, you will have a surf instructor with you the whole time who may or may not be pushing you into waves (depends on your surfing level). Something to consider before you decide to go surfing is checking out your body mass index level and finding out what condition your body is in and making goals to be in the best shape possible before surfing (surfing is a major workout). A side note is that if you learn to surf you have a free gym (the ocean). Make sure that you are a good swimmer and that you can hold your breath for 15 seconds.