The waves need to break in shallow water, to be ridable. Before going out there and start catching the first waves is important to tell the difference between the three main breaks. Beach breaks
is the best type of wave to start surfing on.
and reef breaks
are perhaps the most dangerous if a surfer wipes out badly, but they can be the most rewarding in their perfection.
are rare but potentially bigger and more predictable waves. Depending on the prevailing swell direction and the way the point juts into the ocean these can be great spots, producing uniform and clean lines. They tend to break in a predictable uniform manner over a rocky point. The Taghazout area in Morocco
is world famous for its big concentration of right hand point breaks.