Knowing your surfing level makes it easier to communicate your experience and current skill set to us which is important so that we can properly plan your holiday of surf coaching. Before you arrive, we will ask you about your current surfing level so that we can create a scheme of lessons designed to maximize your progress and enjoyment. You will be learning along side one or two other surfers who are at the same level as you (We never mix ability levels!).
Here is a summary of which skills are specific to each level of surfer.
You’re still in friendly and forgiving white water waves, so you’ll never be out of your depth. You are learning how to catch waves unassisted; how to stall and accelerate the board; the difference between trimming and carving turns; and the functional stance, which is so important when you progress further.
If you’re at stage Two, you can paddle past the white water and surf “out the back”, meaning you’re more or less able to turtle-roll through the waves. You’re learning to select and catch unbroken waves; understand etiquette; know how to confidently and safely deal with any situation which may present itself to you; and to position yourself correctly for each individual wave.
If you’re level Three surfer, you will be learning to perform basic maneuvers on the unbroken face of the wave. You will start to trim your board across the wave to find the fastest line. You will be learning to do white water climbs, floaters, carving changes of direction, fades and cut backs.
This is when you can actually call yourself a surfer, performing committed maneuvers, in the critical part of the wave, with speed, power and flow. These include powerful top turns and sharp bottom turns, cutbacks, etc.