Surfing's popularity in the UK has gradually increased since its introduction in the 1960s. It involves riding the waves on a specially-designed surfboard. These days, most beaches will be surfed when there is a decent wave to be caught and can be a perfect place for a beginner to learn.
Surfing is an activity which can be suited to all ages and abilities. The use of different sized boards means that even a complete novice can get the thrill of riding a wave pretty quickly. Standing up and making fast manoeuvres takes practice.
There are many variations which can be done in a range of locations, not only on those at the coast but also in some swimming pools and artificial environments.
It can be a demanding sport and you should be reasonably fit and a competent swimmer. This activity can develop co-ordination skills and self-confidence.
The National Governing Body for surfing is:
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