Unlike other activities, what we as surfers are performing on—the ocean—is constantly changing, from hour-to-hour, day-to-day. If you want to become good at basketball, or even sewing, you can sit there and practice and practice and become better; with surfing, we rely on the ocean cooperating equally as much as ourselves to achieve success! This makes surfing incredibly fun and addicting, but also at times for beginners frustrating.
That’s why I’ve included this info here for you. Surf conditions make all the difference in the world to your experience. Beginners need calm conditions, while advanced students need some bigger waves to improve their skills!
For beginner surf lessons, the ideal day is about 1.5 ft. with light winds. Advanced surfers can benefit from waves around 2.5 – 5 ft. with light winds.
Consult the basic set of surf forecast tools linked below to determine how the waves will be today or in the near future.