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Surfing Tips for Beginners
Image Gallery: Surfing
Image Gallery: Surfing

First things first, choose a board. Beginner surfers usually learn on a softboard, which is more buoyant than advanced models. See more surfing pictures.

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For many folks, surfing is a passion and a romance. It can be thrilling; it can be treacherous. Just like love, one might say.

The problem is, like any sport, it also takes time, patience and basic physical coordination to learn how to do it. If you're newly smitten with the idea of surfing, what board should you purchase, what clothes should you wear, and how should you behave around the veteran surfers at your nearest beach? Furthermore, how in the world do you pop up on your board to catch a wave? Click ahead for tips on how to begin at the beginning with this beloved sport.

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