Checklist: What to know about a new Surfspot

In my last video we were talking about a few things to be aware of while solo surf traveling.
And today I´d like to mention 7 things to pay attention to when you get to a new surf spot.

I´ve been doing a little collaboration lately with the chixxsonboard Magazin in their summerguide talking about that topic too, so for all the german speaking Guys of you – check out the chixxsonboard summerguide! 🙂

So when you get to a new spot, wether you´re checking out a new surf break in your hometown or traveling to a surf destination, learing a new surf break can be tricky. That´s why I´ve put together a few tips that will help you to adjust to a new surf spot.
Before you go, you always want to check out what the conditions are like

By conditions, I´m not only referrering to wave size and periods make sure to also, check the local news for if there´s any advisories or warnings. This could be Jelly fish swarms or recent shark sightings.

There´s websites that offer a good amount of information on surf breaks around the world. On most of them fellow surfers can also share their experiences at different breaks. So its a good idea to do your research before surfing a new break. I´ve mentioned my favorite websites for this in the description below. (scroll down)

2. Watch other surfers
When you´re at the break always watch the waves from the sea level. From somewhere above, like an hill or a cliff the waves may look smaller than they actually are!

3. What kind of surf break is it?

Learn about the break. Is it a beach break, reef break or point break? Each one has it´s dangers that you should know about. By this I mean knowing what’s on the bottom of the surf break will help prepare you for when you wipe out.

4. Consider Tidal Changes!

Always try to know what the tides are doing. It can be really tricky to come back to the beach on a lower tide, when you then have to walk across sharp reef. So keep in mind that tides can change very quickly. Try to figure out your way back to the beach, before you paddle out.

5. Watch local surfers

I think the best way to learn a new break is to watch the local surfers. They´re the ones that very likely know the break the best. where surfers are entering the water can tell you a lot about a surf break already. If you see that most of the surfers are entering in one area this could mean there is a reef or a rip current to be aware of.

Don´t paddle against the current, always paddle out of it.


Another great way to learn a new surf break is to make friends with other surfers in the line up. Following good surf etiquette is a great start to making friends in the lineup. Reading about surf breaks is a great way to get an overall idea of the spot but actually having someone show you around is even better!

7. Don´t stress

it may be a lot to think of in the beginning, but once you´re out there just have fun and don´t think too much on what could happen. Live in the moment and enjoy the surf.

stay motivated and catch as many waves as you can!


Here´s a few Links that might help you do your research: