When people live in an area where surf season only comes once a year, or they have to travel in order to get to a good surfing area, how can they improve their surfing techniques during the fall and winter, when generally the water is too cold for surfing? There are, in fact, several ways to prepare for surf season in the fall and winter -- and one is by land and the other is by sea.


Preparing By Land

Traditional skateboarding isn’t really the same as surfing and won’t help prepare people for surfing very much, except maybe for working on balance. What people really need to get is a long skateboard, which more closely mimics the motions of surfing. A longboard store will have everything needed to start preparing for surfing season throughout the fall, and people can even buy a longboard through many different online surf shops and skateboarding stores. Skateboarding differs from longboarding, in that skateboarding is mainly a competitive sport and can be used to perform various tricks that involve flipping the board and taking it off of ramps and jumps. Longboards are usually used as a leisure activity or for transportation. The reason people can use longboards to prepare for surfing is because longboards are more flexible and take corners sharper than a skateboard, and they can take the corners at higher speeds. A skateboard and longboard share similar shape and qualities, but typically aren’t used for the same functions.


The way people handle their bodies on a longboard also mimics the motions of surfing, and the high speeds that longboards can obtain also help the boarder retain the feeling of maneuvering a surfboard during the off season. Many longboarders take their boards into rough terrain as a leisure activity. There are different types of wheels and trucks that people can get, to help their boards navigate rough trails without breaking their street trucks and axles. Longboard shops will sell these mountain trucks and wheels, and they’re fairly easy to attach. The rough terrain forces boarders to use many of the same body movements that are used during surfing, as opposed to the more tranquil boarding movements that paved streets would offer.


Preparing By Sea

Paddle boarding is becoming a popular sport on all bodies of water. A paddle board looks a lot like a surfboard, but, instead of surfing on it, the idea is for people to stand up and use long stand up paddles to propel the board through the water. People can use it on lakes, rivers, and oceans, even when there aren’t any waves. The best stand up paddle boards for beginners are broader and flatter, for more stability, and the best stand up paddle boards for experts are very narrow and can move faster through the water, although this also depends of what type of stand up paddles are used. The benefits of using paddle boards to train for surfing are that people learn to balance on the water, and they also get to practice standing up confidently on a floating board. A combination of longboarding and paddle boarding should have anyone ready and in shape, by the time surf season rolls around.