Ok so last week we covered what takes place at a beginner surf lesson now we are going to explain how an intermediate surf lesson should be run. Now that you know ocean safety and proper mechanics, your ready for the next step up. For this surf lesson we jump into our four wheel drive bongo and drive to Dominicalito at high tide. Here we teach you how to navigate out beyond the breakers, how to turtle roll, how to sit on your board, how to spin your board, then catching the wave while riding down the face.
It is very important to check the wave when your paddling so that you can make sure you are in the right to the waves as it is going to break. We teach people that its like driving a stick shift, you gradually go from first to second to third and then take off at fourth gear. We try to mimic this while paddling for a wave. As the wave approaches we slowly start paddling then faster, faster, until the wave is underneath us then we paddle two more times making sure to match the speed of the wave then pop up to our feet. Very important that we pop up to our feet while we are on top of the the wave so that we can ride down the face of the wave on our feet not our stomachs.
You should see the look on some of our clients faces when they catch and ride their first green wave. Some are so exhilarated and stoked that they were able to ride down the face of the wave that they are hooked after catching their first wave. At sunset surf school our main goal is to get our clients to the point where they wont need us anymore. We want you to be able to enjoy surfing responsibly and on your own whichever ocean you visit. The next time you think about getting out of the cold and taking some surf lessons, look us up and come join our Costa Rica Surf Camp to learn all the ins and outs about surfing.