Surfing has given me many unforgettable years of fun, health and recreation. After teaching beginning surfers for more than 20 years, I've seen the long list of obstacles that they have to overcome in order to learn. To put it bluntly, surfing literally takes years to master. But with the help of this instruction, you should be able to avoid many of the common mistakes that students make.
It always helps to start when you're young, but age isn't nearly as important as physical conditioning. The best cross-training for surfing is swimming.
As I discovered, surfing is hard work.