Is it easy to learn here? No. With the cold water
and driving times to the ocean, it is not the easiest place to learn, but it can be done.
Best starter board? Foam boards are the
best. Next step would be a longboard and with
progression the boards can get smaller.
Is boogie boarding a good way to start with
getting comfortable? Absolutely; boogie boarding and bodysurfing are both great.
How about starting in the white wash? Yes, the
white wash at Stinson or Pacifica is a great way
to get started. Once you feel comfortable and
confident enough to get out into the lineup, make
sure you learn surf etiquette, for your safety and
the safety and happiness of others.
Ways to practice balance? I love Indo
Boarding. Also, skateboarding and Bosu balls at
the gym are great for balance training.
Favorite break in Marin? It really depends
on the swell, tides, weather — I surf Fort
Cronkhite (main photo) most often, out of convenience and for the beauty.
Favorite Bay Area surf spot? Ocean Beach.
Get in the Water
BASIC SURF ETIQUETTE
These tips, collected from surfline.com
and Australia’s Surfrider Foundation, will
keep you safe and happy on the waves.
• Don’t drop in on another surfer.
• Stay out of the way of other riders
when paddling through the break.
• Take turns.
• Always help another surfer in trouble.
• Give respect to get respect (especially
if you’re not at your local break).
• Be responsible for your equipment
and respectful of others’.
• Relax, have fun and enjoy surfing.
Those hoping to create their own endless summer here in
Marin may want to take the advice of Bianca Valenti. Why?
Valenti knows the topic: she’s the only female pro surfer in
the Bay Area and was recently crowned the first female Big
Wave World Tour champion. More than just a wave-rider, she
also just opened Valenti and Co., an Italian restaurant in San
Anselmo, with her dad, a chef.