You will not be able to hold your breath long while panicking, so remember stay calm and work with the ocean not against it.Sometimes (with strong rip currents) you may have to go out with the rip into deeper water, where the balance is restored and the pulling current subsides.Some surf shops have a surf report right on their websites.4.Know what rip currents are and how to get out of them. Know how to make it outside (beyond the breaking waves into the green water).9. Choose the right surfboard & wetsuit Well you do not want to start on a super thin high performance short board, or any short board for that matter.You can also ask the local surfers what they wear.2. You will want to go to a beginner friendly surf spot.You want to learn to surf, not get beat up and held down and thrashed around. As mentioned above every day is different you need to respect the ocean.
You will also want to check with your local surf shop about the right wetsuit thickness for your area.Remain calm, you want to be able to hold your breath at any given time while out in the ocean.You never know when a wave could break on you, or in front of you.If you get caught in a rip current, don't panic, it wastes energy.Do not paddle directly against it, you will get exhausted.