Making sure you have the right board for the conditions you’re surfing in is most important. They come in all shapes and sizes and it’s down to personal preference. When starting out you’ll want a bigger board, which helps you to catch waves and gives you the most stability. British waves can really vary – we have everything from small, soft waves to big heave waves breaking over rock reef. Take a look at some of the big wave surfers’ boards – they’re usually around the 9’0 mark!
As you progress your board will become smaller and narrower. There are so many different types out there that it can be hard to choose but I don’t think you can beat a custom-made surfboard, one that suits your ability, requirements and physical build. I work closely with my shaper at Fourth Surfboards who creates amazing boards for me.
LIVE & LEARN
1. Book in for lessons. You won’t regret it. Surfing is a hard sport to master and it can be dangerous at times. Having a few lessons with a qualified surf coach and lifeguard will give you all the basic knowledge you need about the sport and the environment around you.
2. If you’re serious about surfing, invest in a good wetsuit. Our British waters can get pretty chilly. Pick wisely and try on lots of brands. I always wear C-Skins wetsuits because they fit my body well and a lot of tech goes into them – they’re designed for our cold waters.
3. Be patient and work hard. Surfing isn’t something most people pick up straight away. When you catch your first green wave all that hard work will feel worth it so don’t give up!
Read more about Corinne right here in her Fittest Brits Q&A.