Practical Surf Lessons
During your weeks’ surf course and your practical surf lessons, our surf instructors teach you the essentials of surfing, such as how to paddle into waves, catching waves, standing up and controlling your surfboard. We offer three surf course levels you can choose from for your surf holiday week, and we provide all surf equipment free of charge for the duration of your practical surf lessons.
We always start our surf lessons with a warm-up on the beach. During the practical surf lessons, we use soft-top surfboards, called ‘foamies’, which are great for surfers starting out as they help you to catch the most waves.
Your first surf lesson will be on Sunday. We all meet at the surf tent for an introduction and wetsuit allocation in the morning of your first day surfing. Your surf lesson times are displayed on our notice board in the surf camp.
The maximum group size for our surf lessons is eight surfers per one instructor, plus one surf assistant if required. The use of surf equipment (surfboard, leash and wetsuit) during surf lessons is included.
Breath & Balance Workshop (France only)
Your surf lessons also include a surf-based fitness workshop which focusses on breath work and balance training to help improve your surfing and increase confidence in the water. Each class is 90 minutes long and starts with an animal flow warm up to decompress the body before moving onto some balance training and functional movement patterns, finishing with a breath-work training session.
Good balance is crucial to surfing waves, however it is difficult to practice this in the ocean with so much else to focus on. Our Breath & Balance Workshop offers functional exercises to improve your balance, strength and stability by using balance boards, bodyweight exercises and surf-skates to learn skills and movements transferable to surfing. Functional movement patterns such as squatting, lunging and pressing help to build a solid foundation for human movement. Combining these movements with rotation and unilateral (single arm / single leg) exercise variations help to improve our stability and balance on a surfboard.
We finish each Breath & Balance Workshop with a guided breath-work part where you learn techniques that will help you to stay calm and hold your breath for longer. This will help to improve your confidence in the water, especially when surfing bigger waves.
Surf Theory Session
Included in your surf course is also a session on Surf Theory which we hold in the surf camp. During this 90 minute session, one of our surf instructors will talk you through some of the basics of surfing. This includes a brief overview of the history of surfing, where surfing started, its path into today’s popular culture and how it became an Olympic sport. Surfing has it’s own “lingo” and we give you an insight into what Shakas are and why onshore winds are epic.
As with any sport, there are risks involved in surfing, and surfing can be dangerous if you don’t learn in a safe environment. We want you to be save when you’re surfing with us but, in particular, we want you to be save when you go surfing on your own. This is why during our surf theory sessions, we teach you about surf and water safety, rip currents, the different types of waves and breaks as well as surfing etiquette and more.