Like many sports, surfing was once dominated by men. But today, the waves tell a different story. From 2001 to 2005, the proportion of women among the 2.3 million surfers worldwide jumped from 19 percent to 33 percent, according to Board-Trac, a board-sports market research company. Female-focused apparel brands have driven major revenue into the billion-dollar surfing industry, with top-seller Roxy increasing their sales from $20 million to $650 million in the past ten years. Plus, there are now magazines and websites (check out Surfer Girl and Wahine Surfing) focused solely on the girls.
For an extensive list of beginner surf spots throughout the country, plus links to where you get find lessons in each area, check out Outside Magazine's guide to The Best North American Beginner Surf Spots.
And to prep for paddling and balancing on the board, workouts targeting your core are key. Try these core-strengthening moves, or check out this video for a surf-style core workout. Then, get stoked to Hang Ten!
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