My friend and I spent several days taking surf lessons in Montezuma with Manuel and Young Vision Surf School. First off, Manuel is an awesome dude, really great to hang out with, and a great surf instructor. Both my friend and I were complete beginners when we arrived in Montezuma, but Manuel showed us everything we needed to know in our first lesson on how to standup.
Because we developed a good foundation during our first lesson, during our second lesson, he showed me how to paddle (much harder than it sounds!) and get past the break line to ride bigger waves on a faster board. The waves were rougher that day, but we stuck with it and he gave me great advice and pointers throughout the day until I could get up on the board and ride those bigger waves.
Overall it was a great (and exhausting!) experience, and one I would definitely sign up for again!! If I could do it over again, instead of signing up for a couple of individual lessons, I would have gotten a package deal, i.e. 3-4 lessons (at a slightly better price) because there is so much to learn!