1 / How to choose your surfboard?
The choice of a surfboard depends mainly on two criteria: your size on the one hand, and your level on the other hand. Here are our tips to help you choose a board that will suit your needs. Size: Your size is to be taken into account when choosing a surfboard, and especially your weight. The heavier you are, the thicker and longer you need a board. Conversely, if you are light, thinner and shorter boards are available to you. Level: There are several types of boards depending on their length, width, and weight. If you are a beginner, the most suitable boards will be the “fish”, the “egg”, and the “mini-malibu”; these boards are among the smallest, and are therefore particularly manoeuvrable. If you are an experienced surfer, opt instead for the longboard, which is about 2,75 m in length, and which requires a good technical level.
2 / How to become a surf instructor?
To become a surf instructor you have to integrate a specific training, and to integrate it, several criteria are required. First of all, it seems obvious that a good level of surfing is essential: it is necessary either to acquire a regional level of competition in the national rankings, or to pass preliminary tests of requirement which are of the same level as that of the competitions. Then, you have to obtain the PSE1, a first aid diploma which is prepared over a week of training, and which is organized in particular by the firefighters or civil protection. The last step before entering training is to take a written test on a topical subject about surfing, and an oral test to assess your knowledge and your motivations.
3 / What equipment is needed to surf?
To surf in the best possible conditions, it is essential to have the right equipment. Start by asking a professional to rent a board suitable for beginners and also for your size; its size and thickness will depend on it. Then, get yourself a wetsuit, especially if you are surfing in a cold sea, and buy wax wax, essential for your feet to adhere well to the board. Finally, you must be in possession of a leash; it's a cord that connects the board to your ankle, and that will prevent it from drifting too far from you, getting damaged on rocks or hindering other surfers in the event of a fall!
4 / How to remove wax from a surfboard?
The wax is a wax that is placed directly on the surfboard, and which allows the feet to adhere well to it. There are different types, and it is to be chosen in particular according to the temperature of the water. To remove it, you need a wax comb or a flexible spatula (so as not to damage the board), gasoline F to clean (it can be found in DIY stores), and a clean cloth. With the comb or spatula, remove as much wax as possible. To remove the residue, take the rag, and soak it in gasoline F, and rub until all the wax is gone. Make sure to rinse your board well with water afterwards, otherwise the next time you apply wax it won't hold. If it is important to renew the wax regularly on your surfboard, it is to keep its non-slip properties.
5 / Who invented surfing?
The origins of surfing are in Hawaii. At the time, surfing was reserved for the royal family. James Cook, a British sailor, was the first to see surfers there in 1779. During American colonization in the 19th century, surfing was banned by missionaries because it was considered an act of depravity. It was not until 1900 that surfing reappeared in Hawaii, thanks to Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic swimming champion. At that time, the boards weighed about fifty kilos, and it was not until the 30s that lighter materials were used in their manufacture; it was at this point that surfing became a popular sport. In 1964, the French surfing federation was created.