Whether you’re an intermediate or experienced surfer looking for an opportunity to test out Isle of Palms waves, or a beginner trying out the board for the first time, IOP’s surf board rentals are a great way to add another dimension to your vacation. IOP beaches are well known for their steady, easy waves. They may not be huge curls to challenge expert surfers, but for anyone looking for a relaxing day of riding, they’re the perfect rhythmic ride.

Absolute Beginners Tips

If you’re an absolute beginner, it’s best to seek some instruction before heading out on the waves. You’ll want to get some basic tips from someone who knows what they’re doing, to avoid injury to yourself or others. Luckily there are several reputable organizations in IOP that offer lessons to those who want to learn.

Advanced Beginners

Once you’ve learned a few tips from the pros, it’s time to try your luck. Begin by spending time on dry land. Your leash is part of the rental, and our equipment is inspected before you start out. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your equipment before you start out. Set the board flat on the sand, digging a small hole in the sand to accommodate the fin. Practice standing and your rise while on land at first, to get a feel for the balance and feel of the board.

Hitting the Water

Once you’re confident in your stance, it’s time to paddle out. When approaching incoming waves, paddle your board perpendicular to the incoming curls. If a wave hits you broadside, it tends to throw and roll you up the beach. Cut through the swells by facing the ocean when paddling out. Once you’re out in the water a ways, straddle your board and sit until you’re comfortable with the feel and movement.

Getting Up On Your Surf Board

The rise is sometimes described as an advanced push-up. It will take practice to get on your feet on top of the board, so be prepared to fall into the water during your first few attempts. There’s no shame in falling off your board! It’s part of the surfer’s rite of passage. Once you’re upright, bend at the knees, not the back, and avoid hunching forward. Use your knees to shift your weight with the movement of the board, and allow the wave to carry you along toward shore. Avoid cutting across the paths of other surfers, and always stay aware of your surroundings.

You’re bound to fall off your surf board a few times. Just keep getting up and trying again, and most of all, have fun!