It may not be Hawaii, but Houston is the next amazing place for a fun surfing outing with the family. (And even when it’s cold outside like this weekend, Texans usually don’t have to wait long for warm, swimming weather!) We all know that Houston has its share of great places and lots of beaches to play at with almost too many options to choose from, really! Many ages will enjoy surfing, but it is always good to ensure that kids don’t hop on the surfboard without having proper surfing lessons and preparation. Most parents are concerned with the real question, “Are my kids really ready for water surfing?”
Before they leave the dry land, they need guidance and practice sessions to gear up properly for surfing. As a parent and swim ‘instructor’, it is up to you to be patient and take things slowly. Remember, teaching them how to surf can get a little tricky and comes with some challenges -it requires confidence, endurance, fearlessness, and an appetite to explore unfamiliar territories.
If you and your kids are about to jump on the surf boards, then read these helpful tips for introducing them to water surfing, especially if they are first timers:
- The key is patience.
This is the first step and could be your child’s first exposure to the waves, so do not rush your kids into the water or onto a board. A fun, safe and a patient introduction to surfing will foster a love for the ocean and a positive sense of ‘stoke’ that the kids can enjoy their whole lives. It kind of goes without saying, but the more time you take teaching them to swim and learning to be comfortable in the water, the better their relationship with surfing will probably be.
- Get them started on a boogie board.
Boogie-boarding is a great way to develop kids’ familiarity with the ocean and waves in particular. The boogie boards give full body support and act as an invaluable tool in building your kids’ surfing skills and confidence level. Plus, the design and engineering of them are geared towards safe surfing sessions for kids!
- Get them the right wetsuits.
Suit up your kids in a nice and comfortable wetsuit, head gear, booties (for feet) and gloves. They are designed to keep the core body temperature very warm even with a little water in the suit.
- Go to safer surf spots that are suitable for kids.
Kids and beginner surfers have more success and fun when practicing surfing at appropriate surf spots in the right surf conditions. Spots that have broad, gradually sloping sandbars free from riptides, where soft spilling waves break and that are also sheltered from wind and big swells are best for learning to surf. So, following up on the weather conditions prior to the day at the beach is a really good idea.
- Surf along with your kids.
Monkey see, monkey do. In other words, if your kids watch you surfing, eventually, they will likely want to join you. They are great imitators and this is the perfect chance for you to model your surfing skills while spending time together enjoying the surf. Try showing them the basic guidelines of surfing: where to sit, how to paddle, how to turn or when to stand.
Hope you and your kids have a great time at the beach and water surfing! Remember, kids take time to learn new things and process them. So, be patient and think of the surfing sessions as quality time with your family; no pressure for you or your kids. Looking for swimming or surfing lessons? Check iQuriousKids.com for lessons near you!