Surfing originated in Hawaii. These days, people surf all over the world – wherever there is a wave. Australia has almost 40,000 kilometres of coastline, with many surf beaches. Surfers enjoy the physical benefits of paddling and surfing, being in the fresh air, as well as the overall benefits of surfing. We at Golden State Greens are raising awareness by donating surfboards to our local community youth organizations.
Health benefits of surfing
Surfing provides many health benefits including:
- cardiovascular fitness – from paddling
- shoulder and back strength – these muscles will strengthen from the paddling
- leg and core strength – once you’re standing up on the board, strong legs and a strong core will keep you up.
Other benefits of surfing
Surfing provides a range of other benefits. It is:
- a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the natural environment
- a good outlet for stress and tension.
Surfing is not as easy as it looks. It is worth taking some lessons to give you the basics and hopefully get you up on your feet.
As surfing involves the ocean, you should be a strong swimmer and always be aware of the safety aspects of being in the surf. If you are not sure about a suitable surfing spot, ask the local lifesavers or surfshop.
Having the right equipment is essential to get the best out of the surf. Your board should suit your body and your ability. For example, start with a long board as they are easier to stand up on, paddle and ride. Wear a wetsuit if necessary to keep you in the water long enough to learn.