So I'm a newby of newbies and just looking for advice. I was lucky enough to recently go surfing in the pacific last year and had a blast. I was lucky enough to pick up a surfboard from a friend a couple of weeks ago and I'm looking to head out again soon. Does anyone have any advice? Places to check out? Once again, I'm VERY new at surfing! Thanks for any help
I'm Texas-based and was in your shoes not long ago, so my $.02.
Where in Texas are you located? Galveston, Surfside, Port A / Corpus and South Padre all have good spots.
Find a good beginner-friendly place to start learning. In Texas this is pretty much anywhere other than the spot where all the experienced surfers are congregated - you'll want to avoid them until you get a little experience and won't be a danger / in the way. Just walk down the beach a bit. I started surfing in Port A, and would just walk a few hundred yards down from Horace Caldwell Pier to stay out the way of the experienced surfers there.
There are tons of resources on the internet re: surfing technique, pointers, etc. Use those. Go to Youtube and look for the "Surf Simply" learning to surf podcasts - lots of good info there. In addition to the technique, make sure you understand the basic etiquette and rules of the lineup, and the safety stuff such as how to get out of a rip current, etc.
And you didn't mention what kind of board you have, but in my opinion if you're learning in Texas you'll want to start on a 9' - 10' longboard if possible. A longboard can catch the knee-high waves that are common here, and is easier to paddle etc. Learning on a short board is very tough, and a lot of days a short board won't work, esp. in the kind of waves you get on the Gulf coast.
Arm yourself with some basic knowledge, then go surf and have fun. Good luck!
tonylamont, great post. New guy, you may also want to consider renting a board until you find a size that you feel comfortable with. I'm short but stocky so i need a board with thick rails. There's a shop called Kooks where the folks are, in my opinion pretty friendly and helpful. I'm new to Texas surf as well (immigrant from California) and they were very personable and helpful and I rented an 8'1" tri which seems to suit me well. Go surf and have fun.