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Published July 7th 2012
Whether you're an international student, a tourist or simply a native of the beautiful Australian lands, surfing is one of those experiences that everyone must have the luxury of attempting and enjoying at least once in their lifetime.
I have to admit - the waves you get in South Australia are not as challenging and dangerous as the ones found along the Gold Coast, but it's perfect if you're learning to surf from scratch.
Surfing South Australia provides a range of programs to suit individual and/or group needs and mainly operates around Glenelg and Southport.
Southport is where the regular, more intermediate surfers go to showcase their surfing and balancing skills in a more challenging environment. You can get a massive adrenalin-rush if you decide to surf along there, but you will feel more confident to be able to tackle in those waters.
Glenelg is mainly for complete beginner surfers who get a 2-hour surfing lesson (including a 1-hour practice by the Glenelg beach waters). The equipment is provided in the package, which includes the scuba gear, sunscreen lotion and your very own surfboard.
Prepared to face the waters and put my surfing skills to practice!
They first teach you the basics of surfing, and then acquaint you with the surfboard that is provided in the package for the duration of the lesson.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the group the same day a filming was taking place- we had our very own short clip being produced, showing us learning the baby steps towards surfing. This definitely boosted our levels of confidence and made us want to excel at this fun-loving sport as much as we could.
Getting into the water has never felt sweeter! We were taught the technique of paddling, and then swam to the centre, till we could catch a wave. It was a beautiful day and we were able to catch a lot of waves, some more fierce than the others, but all equally enjoyable to play around with.
Learn to Surf along Glenelg Beach with qualified instructors
This experience is not only perfect to try something new, but one can also get the chance to meet new friends, and engage in friendly fun. Group lessons are the best, especially for this reason. It is a fairly quick thing to get over the awkwardness of being completely new to something that one has never tried before, and learn together in a carefree atmosphere.
Who said surfing was all about the water? Make some lasting friendships while you're at it.