Learning to Surf at Surfers Paradise

Tuesday October 30th, 2012

If you are going to learn to surf anywhere, there is no better place to do it than at the beautiful Surfers Paradise, and the following is a look at some of the main things to consider when planning to do it.
Stay close

One of the best things about Surfers Paradise is that all of the major Gold Coast accommodation options are within walking distance of the beach, with hotels, resorts, hostels and B&B’s all within minutes of the sand and surf. If you are heading to Surfers Paradise and are planning on surfing, almost anywhere you stay will be conveniently located, and even if you have to stay just outside Surfers Paradise in Main Beach or Broadbeach accommodation, you won’t be far away.

Take your time

While most people will be able to get the hang of surfing relatively quickly, as with anything, if you want to be able to get any good at surfing you should allow plenty of time to practise. Considering that Surfers Paradise gets some of the best waves in the world, it makes sense to stick around a little while and get the hang of surfing right here.

Avoid the crowds

There is no better place to learn how to surf than on the beaches of Surfers Paradise, but if you plan on coming in the summer months there is a good chance you will be accompanied by some pretty large crowds. If you want to avoid the big crowds, it is a smart move to come in the shoulder seasons instead. Spring and autumn can still see some fairly warm weather, but will also have fewer people as well, so time your learn-to-surf mission for when there will be a few less people on those waves.

Get help

If you are coming to Surfers Paradise to learn how to surf then you are in the right place, because there is no shortage of people here set up to help you learn the art of surfing. However, if you are planning on coming during the summer months it is wise to book well in advance. A two-hour group lesson will normally cost somewhere around $50 per adult, and having a few pointers can make it a whole lot easier to soon be standing up on your board with regularity.

A surf lesson or two is also sure to have you a bit better educated on surf safety — for example, spotting rips and reading undercurrents in the surf.

Rent your gear

Even if you have your own board, wetsuit and other surf gear, rather than bring it all with you to Surfers Paradise, it can be a lot less hassle to simply rent your surf gear once you get here. This way you will have everything you need without any of the hassle of bringing it with you, and you can even try out a few different types of boards or suits while you are learning, helping you decide on which is the best to invest in for yourself.

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