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Surfing in Australia

Australia is among one of the homes of surfing, along with the West Coast of America and Bali in Indonesia, so for a lot of people surfing in Australia is a big deal. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a professional to hire a surfboard and go ‘catching the waves’ – everyone has the right to do that – but it does mean if you plan on a trip Down Under then you have to take it seriously. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are a rank amateur among intermediates and professional as when it comes to surfing you need as much confidence as you can get. To make sure you don’t end up as the laughing stock of Bondi beach you need to research a few tips for surfing in Australia and how to make yourself at least look like you know what you are doing. Luckily, here are a few of those tips to help you out.
Obviously the equipment is vital when it comes to surfing. Without a doubt hiring a surfboard is a big deal because it is just you and the board out there and there are certain things you need to know if you are a beginner. However it isn’t just about which board you hire and there is a lot of other equipment that you will need to hire. Firstly, although Australia seems like it is one of the hottest places on earth the water is freezing cold so a wetsuit is a very important piece of kit. In addition there are boots, hoods, gloves, traction pads and leashes which are all equally important. The best thing to do is hire all the equipment from a shop in Australia when you land so make sure you do a bit of research. If you fancy it there are also travel agents which will book everything for you for a lump sum price which can be a lot easier for the uninitiated. Why not try here and know more about how is it surfing in Australia.  
Like any other sport there are rules and a code of conduct for surfing which you need to be aware of and respect when you are surfing first class surf shops online. If you don’t follow the rules then you can end up annoying others and potentially have an impact on their session, as well causing danger which can lead to potential harmful scenarios. Ultimately respecting the code of conduct allows you to have a satisfying and overall enjoyable experience.
You don’t need to worry too much but you have to be respectful of the natural environment and what lurks under the water. Shark attacks are obviously a big deal for a lot of beginners because everyone’s worst nightmare is getting attacked by a Great White, but there are other dangers in the water. Reefs, corals and rocks make up a lot of the shoreline of Australia’s beaches and smashing into one of these can be extremely nasty and lead to painful cuts, bruises and much worse.