am completely new to the forum and almost completely new to surfing..have done one lesson on holiday in lanzarote on famara beach and been about 3 times in uk on my own since.
Newgale in south wales
Joss bay in kent
mostly during sept-nov not more than 4ft waves. Have managed to ride one on my knees, not got any further than this yet.
Got hit in the head by my board first time got in, so always keep my hands over my head if go under now.
Got a mini mal board (I think) free from a friend, no idea if it's suitable or not, pic attached for comments, pretty heavy not sure what it's made of.
wetsuit is a 3mm with 5mm patches on chest and back. I also use it for warm water scuba diving.
I have a few (a lot) of questions about surfing for anyone who has the time or patience to answer them:
a) where is the best place to go for surfing near london?
b) where/how is the best way to learn?
c)how fit do you have to be? (any quick fitness tests one can try?)
I would like to do a week's surfing course somewhere in the summer but want to avoid the crowds and getting in people's way. Have heard newquay is best breaks but awful crowded most the time?
How much should I look to pay for a week worth of lessons?
How dangerous is it to surf on your own? How can one REALLY learn about the sea, the wind how it all affects the conditions?
Learning to surf is one my 'bucket list' tasks so am gonna try go for it this summer, any help ppl can give would be most welcome!