After 17 years teaching surf lessons, introducing more than 20.000 new people to the art of catching waves (not in the line-up at the same time, fortunately!) and having coached advanced surfing athletes, i had the opportunity to develop and thoroughly test an efficient method for your step-by-step learning and different stages of evolution in surfing.
Once you set one foot in the door (or the sand), we make you spill the beans and tell us everything about your sport and surf skills, but most importantly we want to know what you look for: setting goals and managing expectations is key to enjoyment in surfing and instrumental in helping us successfully design individualized training programs.
Technique meets fun
Honestly, there’s nothing flagrantly different about teaching Surf. It’s pretty much like any other sport. Think gymnastics, tennis or football. What do they have in common? Physical mastery and practical knowledge of the body. That’s what we focus on. We help you build control of your body and, step by step, introduce new variables to the environment as you move along the learning curve.
Rinse, dry, repeat
So how do we learn just about anything? We practice. Practice is a repetition of an action with the goal of improvement! And how do we practice efficiently? Have you repeated the right movement enough times? Leave the theory up to us. You might not immediately notice it, but repetition is also about perfecting new emotions and storing them. You’ll figure out exactly what we mean once you realise that salty skin feeling will never quite leave you again.
From theory to action
We have analyzed countless hours of surfing, divided it into different levels of development and broken everything into specific skill sets that you can acquire and accumulate.
It’s all about passion, but there’s also quite a bit of science to it, as our training methods introduce you to key concepts from biomechanics and human movement patterns.
Don’t worry. Once it’s done, you get to see everything and learn something new. Video recording and a full analysis of movement patterns, together with theoretical insights and practical explanations, will bring you closer and closer to your initial goals.
Theory is important if we really, really want to be prepared to go out. We try to cover all kinds of information like:
● Choice of adequate surfboard, according to level of surfing
● Surf culture 101: respect for all kind of surfers and other beach and sea lovers ● Surf etiquette and safety
● Swell analysis and forecast
We keep it simple and safe:
- Develop agility training at sea (when it’s flat) or at the pool
- Duck dive introductory training at sea (when it’s flat) or at the pool
- Practical knowledge to safely help you paddle to the outside depending on circumstances (or not paddle at all if it’s unsafe!)
- Learning paddling techniques at sea (when it’s flat) or at the pool