Surfing just seems hard. Don't worry if you've barely even put your toes in the surf before, if you want to learn this great sport, the Jersey Shore is the place to do it.
The waves are great, the beaches are deep with soft, sugary sand, and, depending on when you go, it can even be EASY.
That's right, easy. This isn't Oahu, after all. But you can catch some great rides while you are learning to get ready for the big stuff.
Get your feet wet, first
Most experienced surfers love to go in the early morning or in the fall, or even in the winter, when the wave action is pretty heavy. But if you want to want to take it a little slow in the beginning, you can pick quieter times of day and practice with a little less chance of wiping out.
Here are a couple of great beaches on the Shore where you can hone your skills before you set out for the endless summer:
Sumner Ave, Ocean City: The waves here are not brutal, and it has the great advantage that you can surf all day in the summer, so you won't be forced to go in the early a.m., when the waves might be a little, ahem, over your head.
Nun's Beach, Stone Harbor (near Cape May): Pretty tame waves, and a lot of former dudes and dudettes can be spotted teaching their kids how to be just like mom and dad.
8th to 10 St., Wildwood: Manageable, medium swell, and not only all day action, but NO beach tags.
If even trying a baby sized beach seems too much right now, why don't you just get some expert instruction? There a dozens of shops and schools up and down the Jersey Shore that can start you with the basics and bring you right to expert, if you want, and here are some of the best.
These guys and gals not only love living on the waves, they love to help other people enjoy this great sport:
The experts are there to help
With seventeen years and 5,000 lessons under their belt, Coastline Surf School offers an almost "holistic" approach to surfing. Understanding every aspect of the water and the board is important to them. Another great thing is that they have locations up and down the shore: Asbury Park, Long Branch, Brick and Seaside Heights.
Heritage Surf has some serious surfers and instructors. A bunch of them are even "Bali Bound" this year. Surfing in the South Pacific, what a dream come true! But their dedication doesn't mean that they don't have fun, and they also make sure their students have fun. For lessons on the southern Jersey Shore (Margate, Ocean City and Sea Isle), you cannot do better.
Inlet Outlet Surf shop (don't you love the name?)has long been known as one of the best known shops for equipment, and now, for lessons, too.
There is probably not a prettier place on the Jersey Shore to enjoy the beach than Long Beach Island, but if you can learn to surf while you are vacationing on LBI, all the better. LBI Surf School in Harvey Cedars is easy for anyone visiting Long Beach Island to get to, and the waves off this barrier reef are perfect for perfecting your skills.
Headquartered in Belmar, SummerTimeSurf is proud to advertise that they have brought students in the water from age 1 to 83. So whether you want to see your baby on a board, or you are checking off your bucket list and want to learn to surf before you kick it, they're probably the ones to see.
And if you want the total experience for your child (or if you want to convince Mom and Dad to let you surf, but they insist you really know what you are doing before you try, Ted Shred Camps specialize in specialized camps where kids can get the total experience, instead of just an hour or two a day.
Try it on your own, or get professional help: if you want to learn all about this great sport, you can.
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