Your Surf Lesson
Introduction & Surf Safety
Before we go into the water your surf coach will give you all the information you will need to enjoy your lesson in safety. They will go through the signals we use to communicate with you once you are in the surf, as well as the flag system the RNLI Beach Lifeguards operate to separate swimmers from the surfers.
You are likely to have heard of lots of stories of people being swept from the beach by waves etc. and we will explain all about how this can happen and the different kinds of currents and wave types. This knowledge is invaluable when planning your next surf adventure on your own. We will also give you advice about where you can get the best surf forecasts.
As with any new sport, the best kind of equipment suitable for your level can often be very confusing. Your coach will explain the different kinds of board and why we use the boards that we do to get you up and riding quickly without getting frustrated.
Nowadays there is also so much choice regarding wetsuits and we can point you in the right direction as to the best sort for UK waters.
We will show you all about how to use a leash, wax and carry your board especially if its windy.
Then its time to get warmed up and in the Surf!
Warm Ups & Stretching
In the old days surfers just ran in and got out there. Even today with our modern knowledge if it’s really good and the tides dropping we still do – can you blame us?
However it’s always worth doing a good warm up and some stretches to minimise the chance of injuring yourself unnecessarily, and this preparation also really helps you perform well once you are out there. We know you will be itching to get in the sea but we make this lots of fun and advise you on the most effective way to warm up for surfing once you get hooked.
After all, what’s better place to do a warm up than on a beautiful Cornish beach with stunning views all around you?
Catching A Wave Lying Down (Prone Riding)
Everyone wants to stand up straight away and some people do manage it, especially the young ones – however most of us benefit from going through an interim stage. This is learning to catch waves lying down on your board and getting the feel of where to position your weight and also how to steer it once you’re on a wave.
This time is well spent and helps you to really understand how weight positioning has a huge effect on your ability to balance and stay on the wave as well as how to generate speed, slow down and stop the board if there is someone in front of you.
This stage is a bit like body boarding as you are right down in the wave and get a tremendous feeling of acceleration and speed. Even if you don’t get to your feet straight away, riding prone is great fun in itself.
Learning To Stand
This stage is where surfing comes into its own and the bit everyone is eager for. Through our 35 years experience of coaching beginners we have an endless supply of tips and tricks for people of all ages and ability. The ideal method is to go from lying down to standing in one swift movement, but there are many small alterations your coach can help you make to conquer this transition in a way that suits you.
This is often the time people can get frustrated however it doesn’t have to be like that with a good coach. This part can be a great challenge and provide a lot of fun memories as you fall off, keep trying and eventually stand up on your first wave – its a great feeling!
It’s true to say that to progress in surfing its all down to time in the ocean, however we can really speed this up for you. This is where our coaches excel, keeping close to you at all times and giving plenty of tips so you get the most from your surf lesson.
Your First Turns
Obviously putting down massive manoeuvres and throwing spray off your turns is what we all dream of – but one step at a time! Once you have started getting to your feet and coming in straight we can start coaching you into your first turns. This is a great stage to reach, as it is the beginning of the icing on the cake in your surfing journey.
We work with you to understand the mechanics of how to turn your board and this is something you can practice on the broken waves that you are already catching. After their first lesson with us, many people come back either straight away, or after they’ve had some goes on their own trying turns.
Bitten By The Surfing Bug – Where From Here?
Some people just want to have a quick go at surfing to tick it off their bucket list, but for most it’s something they are really keen to progress with even if it’s just while they’re on holiday. It is a very addictive sport – there’s not only the challenge of getting better, it’s also the fact that the ocean is such a wicked place to be.
At the end of your lesson with us, your coach will review how it all went and give you some helpful pointers on what to do next. This can be anything from booking another lesson, hiring a board or even buying your own kit and going it alone. Either way it will be sound, upbeat and honest advice, whilst still being focused on your safety in the surf.