Even if you don’t catch a wave at first, the experience of battling the swell to get out the back, and just being in the water while you feel the sensation of the waves’ power as they roll through, builds your confidence.
That might seem strange, but trust me, the more you can get used to the ocean the easier it will get to bring yourself to that moment of dropping into the face of a bigger wave, not to mention how your fitness improves rapidly.
I think we have the best swells of the year still to come, so there will be plenty more chances to get amongst them, and once you take that first big wave you will realise that it wasn’t that difficult or scary after all. So go on, push yourself and take the drop, it’s only water after all.
For all you competitive types, the famous and must attended surf contest at Khao Lak in Phang Nga Province is happening from October 1 to 2. For more info check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/khaolaksurfingcontest
Tim’s Tip: When taking off on a bigger wave you must commit 100 per cent without hesitation. Paddle strong, keep your eyes looking forward and enjoy the ride.
See you in the water!