Beginner Surf Spots
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It's the rapture—that's why we surf. The bliss that envelops your soul the moment the ride begins. And while it's true what they say about surfing not being easy, we're here to tell you the rest of the story: that learning to carve turns down a rolling wall of water is perhaps the greatest adventure in sports, that you'll catch your first wave soon, that a lazy day at Waikiki is as satisfying as an epic one at Cloudbreak, and that all the wipeouts along your progression from kook to kahuna are as much a reason to paddle out as tube rides and that righteous tan.
To get you on board as fast as possible, we kick things off with some tips to flatten your learning curve from C. J. Hobgood, pro surfing's 2001 world champion, and his twin, Damien, number four on the 2005 tour. For the past three years, they've been reflecting on their own development while hosting Camp Hobgood, a skills clinic for top amateurs. "The first time I ever stood up on a wave, I thought, This is the best thing I have ever done," says C. J. "I haven't had a ride since that's felt so good." So pull on your trunks and grab some wax—it's your turn to stand and deliver.
Swell Express: C.J. and Damien Hobgood's Speedy Plan to Get You Surfing Like a Star
Anatomy of a Break: How to Find Your Way Through the Liquid Labyrinth
Short Story: Add Some Flash to Your Form with These Tube-Ready Trunks
Easy Rollers: The Best Beaches for Practicing Your Moves Offer Slow, Gentle Waves and a No-Pressure Atmosphere
Trippin': Q&A with Rob Machado
School's In Session: Hone Your Fundamentals at These Sweet International Spots
Beyond Blue Crush: Surfing's Finest Film Moments
The Board Room: Surfboard Reviews
Don't Be That Guy: Style Snafus That Scream, "I'm a Kook!"
Stoke Signals: Forecasting the Perfect Wave
Sea Cozies: Step Into Next-Gen Surfwear
Fit to Surf: Bodywork Special