One intro lesson with the Academy was enough to get us hooked. This time we dedicated a whole week to surf lessons. We made more progress than we could possibly have imagined. Amazingly we were able to get straight up on the board (first lesson obviously stuck) and we were soon turning, picking our own waves (with some success) and my boyfriend even managed a headstand (after being challenged by our instructor).
I recommend anyone to continue lessons (beyond just the basics) if you want to progress your surfing. We had the privilege of learning with James "two more paddles!" Stentiford. Smoothing out our pop, and teaching us to read the water - we'd never have taken away so much from a week in the water on our own.
After just a few lessons James had us feeling like proper surfers - the benefit of lessons was evident as we watched others playing in the waves. When we started to tire, James had plenty of advice to help spur us on - whether it be tips for getting out past GIANT(4ft!!) waves, adding style to the smaller rides or reading the waves whilst taking in a sunset out back.
More than having an instructor, it was great to hang-out with a coach/guide and to have someone who really knows how to surf show you exactly how it's done!
We'll be back at the Academy in November.
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