Getting outside can be a extremely large task depending on the size of the waves and the currents of the ocean. When you look out over the waves you should be able to see a break in the sets. This is when you should attempt to "paddle out." "You want to get to the back side of the waves so you can catch them before they really start rolling," says Betty Parker, surfer for 40 years.

Paddleing can be tiresome but if you balance youself properly on your board it can be a hell of a lot easier. When you lie on the board your chin should be on the center line of the board and down far enough so that the nose stays out of the water.

The back side is called outside because it is "outside" of the breaks of the waves. Here, you can sit on your board and wait for you perfect wave or watch others carve the ocean.