After an introductory session, “How do I know when the surf is going to be any good?” is perhaps the most frequent query. It’s only natural to want to know when is the greatest time to go again after having a terrific time catching your first few waves and possibly standing up once or twice.

The answer is quite complex, much like the weather in your country, so if you don’t do your research before you travel, it won’t be as good as it would be.

The first step is to determine what “good” means to you. A person who has spent the last five winters on Hawaii’s north coast will have a very different idea of “excellent surf” than someone who is taking their first or second lesson or two.

As a beginner, you’re far better off in waves that are 1 to 2 feet tall and crumbly, rather than the kind of surf that you might see the experts surfing in.

It can be challenging to know where to begin when organizing a surf session if you are new to surfing. To get you started, refer to our list of the Three Things to do Before Surfing.

Verify The Surfer’s Condition 

Make sure the local tide, wind, and surf conditions are appropriate for your skill level. Visit surf forecasting websites in advance to check Ohopebeach surf report.

You may avoid terrible surf sessions and surf at your best by taking the time to choose when, where, and what to surf. Avoid making the long trip to the beach only to discover that the surf is down.

Examine Your Surf Equipment.

It simply takes a minute to ensure that your surfboard and gear are functional and acceptable for the conditions, and it is your duty as a water user to do so.

  • Is the surfboard in any way damaged?
  • Does your board have enough wax?
  • Is your leash securely fastened and suitable for use?
  • Is your surfboard appropriate for the weather and your skill level?

The simplest way to stop improving as a surfer is to use a board that is too small for you.

Choose A Surf Spot

The state of the sea and your surfing ability should be taken into consideration when deciding where or when to surf. Think about the following questions.

  • Given the circumstances, which surfing beach will be the best for you to surf?
  • What time of day is ideal for surfing that beach?
  • When will the tide produce the best waves for you?

You can enjoy a happy and safe surf by surfing in the right conditions with the right board. This will give you confidence in the sea.


Make sure you’re not going to get skunked (left with no waves) or get washed out to sea before your next trip to the beach. Look up the tide, wind, and swell forecasts online.