My girl friend and I, who were both beginners took a private lesson (one instructor each) with Ty Gurney and had a great experience. A few days earlier, we took a group lesson at HH Surf School and found it was difficult to learn in a group setting and one of our instructors was actually quite rude. I told Duncan at Ty Gurney about our experience and he recommended us to get one instructor each. It was more expensive, but well worth it. Given the long paddle out to the swells, the instructor tolled us out at the beginning of the lesson (till we are comfortable) and focused on helping us to get up first. By the end of the lesson, we both managed to stand up a few times, which was our objective and walked away the lesson very satisfied. If your objective is to really learn surfing, from a beginner's standpoint, I highly recommend Gy.
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