Surf is Up! How to Hang Ten in No Time

Are you ready to become a surfer this summer? Pros like Kelly Slater and Kassia Meador make it look so effortless yet surfing is one of the most challenging sports you can try. With the Van’s US Open coming up, we decided to pull together a beginners list of things you will need to get started.

Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer


Balance balance balance! The Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer is a great all around balance board for beginners or intermediate riders. Perfect for getting those balance skills on point, the 101 delivers a super smooth and challenging experience that will prepare your body for the constant pitches you will feel in the waves. Training on a balance board will tone your core and help with faster reaction times for shifting your body weight which is key in surfing.

8 ft Foam Surf Board

This 8 ft Foam Board is perfect for learning on and you can’t beat the price. A typical surfboard is made out of fiberglass and foam which means it’s light weight and fast. For a beginner, it is highly recommended to start on foam because it is a little slower and won’t hurt you too much if you tombstone yourself on a wave. These boards are also a fraction of the price so you won’t be too financially committed if you end up absolutely hating the sport

Traction Pad

This 3-piece Traction Pad is super grippy, allowing you to concentrate on the wave and rip those button turns and cutbacks with complete confidence. This pad is easy to attach to any board an will help you “steer” through waves with  more ease.

Sticky Bumps

Have you noticed traction is a huge deal when learning  how to surf? Sticky Bumps can turn any surface of your board into additional traction. If you are waxing your surfboard for the first time, make sure you use Sticky Bumps Basecoat first or this won’t stick properly.

The History of Surfing

Maybe learn a little bit about the history of the sport through the eyes of Matt Warshaw. He  knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original.


For more ideas on how to embrace the surf culture, check out our SURFS UP pinterest board!