want to learn how to surf

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    Nov 14, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    hey sup
    so I live in toronto, and I got no buds here that shows interest for surfing. does anyone know a place where I could learn, even get some lessons.. i am even t hinking about going to LA to learn how to surf (perhaps during the summer break) but the thing is i am too lost right now from where to start haha

    any tips etc etc, please let me know.

    thanks
  • vintovka

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    Nov 14, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Well I'm certainly not an expert, but I've been to Nova Scotia--some good spots to learn there and lots of board rentals/lessons. I've met some people from BC too, but other than that it's likely you'll be looking outside of Canada. (However, some guys to surf the Great Lakes as well). In any case these are all options that involve a wetsuit. Other great places are Costa Rica and Panama--pretty cheap to fly to from here, not sure about from Toronto.
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    Nov 14, 2011 5:51 AM GMT
    yea, I'd like to learn how to surf at a real beach though not at the great lake icon_razz.gif I see, wellcosta rica seems legit, I'll have a look on that, see how much it costs! etc thanks man! if anyone got more ideas please let me know
  • Syphon

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    Nov 14, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    Go to Hawaii. It's a long flight but it's worth it. That's where I learned how to surf.
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    Nov 14, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
    Do yourself a favor and learn somewhere the water is warm lol. Nova Scotia + Great lakes...brrrrrr. Plus, you'd have to buy a wet suit in those places.

    I second Hawaii, pretty much any place on the east or west coast in the summer has places that will teach you surf.

    It does take a while to get good at it though....and you live in Toronto, so maybe go ski lol
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    Eh... For starters... I would say come to Texas (South Padre, Corpus, Galveston) or Florida for a few reasons. 1.) Warmer water, 2.) Calm & steady waves. Hawaii would be epic as well as Costa Rica but Hawaii uses a different wave measurement system. I forget the exact thing behind it but if I recall a 3 ft wave in Hawaii is like a 9 ft waves anywhere else in the world. My first but of advice is pick up some surf magazines & sites. Transworld Surf was something I started reading early on when my grandpa taught my cousins and I how to surf. Hope this helps a little bit. I would also avoid the rest coast purely because they are again intense & waters are very cool.
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:15 PM GMT
    I want to learn how to surf just to catch hot guys at beach rofl !
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:21 PM GMT
    It's really easy! Just get one lesson, or get a friend (preferably hot) to teach you. I got the basics in one lesson, after that it's just down to doing it on a regular basis. Unless of course you wanna try tricks.
  • offshore

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    Nov 14, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    If you really have the surf bug in you, you will end up moving the earth to do it.

    I moved to 2 new counties, given up a 6 figure job just so I can surf regular.

    P.S> don;t think you will 'learn' how to surf in 1, or even 10 lessons.

    You gotta do it regular to be competent, so yeah, moving to a surf destination is a good idea - Florida and Texas wave is... finicky. I'd say socal is a great place to start - south of LA, San Diego, or north of LA. LA itself is way crowded and water quality is dirty.

    I'll give you a lesson if you ever find your way here down under...
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    Nov 14, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    Ryan_Andrew saidEh... For starters... I would say come to Texas (South Padre, Corpus, Galveston) or Florida for a few reasons. 1.) Warmer water, 2.) Calm & steady waves. Hawaii would be epic as well as Costa Rica but Hawaii uses a different wave measurement system. I forget the exact thing behind it but if I recall a 3 ft wave in Hawaii is like a 9 ft waves anywhere else in the world. My first but of advice is pick up some surf magazines & sites. Transworld Surf was something I started reading early on when my grandpa taught my cousins and I how to surf. Hope this helps a little bit. I would also avoid the rest coast purely because they are again intense & waters are very cool.


    Hawaii wave is measured from the BACK of the wave. so a 1 foot wave could potentially mean a long long steep drop...
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    indeed, i'll have a look on some surf magazines! should help me out

    yea man i don't expect to learn in 10 lessons, that's why I was intending to spend my whole summer break surfing (learning) hopefully! haha
    thanks. stupid question tho, have you had any shark encounters so far?

    but yea, great forum. haha, loads of tips, thanks!
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:53 AM GMT
    offshore said
    Ryan_Andrew saidEh... For starters... I would say come to Texas (South Padre, Corpus, Galveston) or Florida for a few reasons. 1.) Warmer water, 2.) Calm & steady waves. Hawaii would be epic as well as Costa Rica but Hawaii uses a different wave measurement system. I forget the exact thing behind it but if I recall a 3 ft wave in Hawaii is like a 9 ft waves anywhere else in the world. My first but of advice is pick up some surf magazines & sites. Transworld Surf was something I started reading early on when my grandpa taught my cousins and I how to surf. Hope this helps a little bit. I would also avoid the rest coast purely because they are again intense & waters are very cool.


    Hawaii wave is measured from the BACK of the wave. so a 1 foot wave could potentially mean a long long steep drop...


    Ah thank you! I couldn't remember exactly why there was such a difference. LOL!
  • offshore

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    Nov 15, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    danzors saidindeed, i'll have a look on some surf magazines! should help me out

    yea man i don't expect to learn in 10 lessons, that's why I was intending to spend my whole summer break surfing (learning) hopefully! haha
    thanks. stupid question tho, have you had any shark encounters so far?

    but yea, great forum. haha, loads of tips, thanks!


    All good. Pls do bear in mind what's portraited in surf magazines is a concentrated fantasy world for most surfers. Some of the stories are quite outrageous and far removed from the real day to day life of a ordinary surfer. What I'm saying is don't get too sucked into what is written on the glossy pages. You'll only come off disappointed.

    Persoanlly I am also allergic to the glitzy world of surf competitions. Sure they are so talented but I tend to think surf is not for sale to earn bread.

    Not by any means ttry to discourage you though. Surf IS life for a lot of ppl. A summer break will get you started on the right path, foot in the door. And then u can decide if you want to live for surfing/ make decisions about living close to a break etc.

    As a gay surfer, depends on where you are, you may encounter some prejudice, it would be nice to think everyone out in the lineup is onlu judged by their skills but there r plenty of arseholes out there. But also lots of truely wonderful ppl still having the aloha spirit.

    Good luck.

    If u got any tech questions, you can message me.
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    Nov 15, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Pacific Beach, California (San Diego)

    Great learning beach - always a break, sometime small which is perfect for beginners - sandy bottom, great for when you keep falling - lots of surf schools - it is where I learned years ago. Gets crowded on the weekends but hey, it is the beach.
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    Nov 16, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    jakenoh saidPacific Beach, California (San Diego)

    Great learning beach - always a break, sometime small which is perfect for beginners - sandy bottom, great for when you keep falling - lots of surf schools - it is where I learned years ago. Gets crowded on the weekends but hey, it is the beach.


    Watch out for sting rays! Lots around at PB, and Tourmo.
    I also recommend La Jolla Shores as a learner's break. There's a good crew out there.
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    Nov 16, 2011 10:25 AM GMT
    Don't learn in Nova Scotia. It's not only cold, but it's a sand bottom, which means the waves don't break in consistent places. As a beginner, it makes reading the waves harder. Also, wave height isn't as consistent from day-to-day. If you're taking a vacation to learn to surf, you'd want to take advantage of every day, and even if it was a nice day every day, you might not get waves.
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:19 AM GMT
    pretty sweet, quite sure ill be able to travel this winter break, just have to find now the right place to learn haha.. was looking at the witch something (too lazy to google) surf camp in costa rica, tho its quite expensive.