Frankly, I was a little apprehensive about having my first California surfing lesson. (I am 72 years old!) But it was lots of fun. Business owner Bill and son-in-law Randy were the instructors, and their cardinal rule was--have fun! And I did! I didn't make it standing up, but I made to a "one-footer," one knee on the board and one foot on the board. Bill and Randy were great, their business is about 30 feet from the beach sand, and waves were small but fun and unthreatening. And a word about those wetsuits--they really work! The water was cold, but I wasn't. I liked it so much, I went back the next day and rented a board and a wetsuit.