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  • Enjoying surf with your kids

    Posted by Damien on August 11, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Barefoot team!

    I was wondering if you had any advice(s) about the best equipment and strategy to share and teach surfing to kids. I am an intermediate surfer and dad of two girls around 5/6 years and I am struggling to see how I will manage their surfing debut ! Any advices or tutorials would be welcome so I can share the fun with them 🙂

    Cheers from South West France,


    Damien replied 1 year, 3 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Gabriel

    August 16, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Hi Damien,

    To be honest we don’t have much experience teaching 5/6 year olds.

    I would say: get a small foamboard or rent one, so that they are safe, and also keep an eye on surf conditions. You would probably aim for a 1-2 feet day, so that they can learn to surf in tiny waves while feeling safe. We have friends that have kids that age and a few of them can get a bit scared if they wipe out in waves that feel a bit big to them, and sometimes it can be months before they want to go back out in the water.

    Hope this helps and I might drop further advice here in the future when my 1-year-old gets a bit older haha.


  • Damien

    August 16, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Many thanks Gabriel for these advices. In France (and I think in Canada too, at least in Qc), Decathlon has a great choice of foamboard. I am considering buying a 6’8 to start with. Totally agree with your words about choosing the right conditions. I will also drop some comments here when I will have shared some sessions with the kids!

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