Great experience start to finish. Worked with Alison before left home asking questions and scheduling my surf lesson. Alison was great and answered all my questions completely as well as covering things I hadn't thought to ask. She also kept in touch and kept me updated on changes to my planned lesson due to weather. Originally lesson was scheduled for the morning of Friday 3/9/12, Oahu (Honolulu in particular) was having some unseasonal storms (including hail in some areas) . Before left on trip looked like the weather was going to clear in time for lesson on 3/9 and was scheduled for a beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village (HHV), 3/8 Alison informed me my lesson was moved to a beach near Diamond Head due to the weather and a lot of runoff making the beach they use near HHV not appealing for 3/9. However the morning of 3/9 the storms picked up over night and continued well into the day on 3/9, causing Girls who surf to have to reschedule my lesson (due to weather) and ensure safety. Fortunately had scheduled my lesson for first full day in Oahu so had time to reschedule. Chose to move lesson out to Thursday, 3/15/12, by this time we were going to be at a different hotel so the lesson was moved to another beach closer to the hotel we were staying at. Was a little bummed wouldn't be taking the lessons on Waikiki near HHV, had originally hoped to take 2nd lesson near the other hotel so could surf two different beaches.
The morning of Thursday, March 15, 2012 Girls Who Surf instructor (Suzy) arrived at our hotel on-time (possibly early) as we hadn't realized the hotel had a designated pickup point different from where we were waiting. Suzy was great, very friendly and nice. I'd payed for private lesson and ride along for my g/f to go and watch. We arrived at the beach for the lesson (forget the name of the beach). Suzy had told us not many people used this beach except on the weekends (has a campground attached to it. When we arrived the only other people on the beach was another surf school. They have an arrangement with Girls who surf and each keeps to a section of the beach and they finished before us. When they left it was only Suzy and I out on the water (never would have gotten that anywhere on Waikiki. Suzy was a great teacher and was very patient and helpful. I had to work through some balance issues, wiped out quickly and often on many of my attempts. Really was quite a workout. In the end I finished with a pretty good run and was able to finish on a high. I had told Suzy before that attempt if I ended up near the beach on that run that I was going to want to take a break. When we got in, turned out good timing my time was up, Suzy asked if wanted to go again and I think would have let me go longer if wanted to but after 2hrs I was pretty tired and surfing made me realize just how out of shape I am, so decided it was best to call it a day. Always good to end on a high. Could have taken me another 2hrs to end up finishing on the same type of high.
Really no complaints, start to finish totally a great experience. Loved the experience and glad I did it. Not sure I'll ever be a "good" surfer but definitely glad I tried and will definitely try again when I have another opportunity to do so.
i was also very glad I'd chosen to pay the extra money for a private lesson ($169 for 2hrs of private lessons), well worth the money in my opinion. i don't think i would've had the same success had I taken the lessons in a group.
P.S. In the end glad the weather postponed my lesson and caused beach change and forced me to only have one lesson instead of the two I thought I was going to take. Not sure my body could have taken two lessons. Next day my knees were sore and bruised and muscles hurt I didn't know I had. Suzy warned me muscles would be sore that I didn't know I had and she was right. Still well worth it, looking back even the wipe outs were fun! :)
P.S. The beach I took this lesson was a campground and had bathroom facilities including shower but not sure if the other beaches used have this. My understanding is Girls Who Surf teach surfing lessons at three beaches one near HHV, a 2nd one not sure where and the one I took this lesson at which is near the JW Marriott & Disney Aulani. Also Suzy brought drinks assume this was normal but not sure if that was something she does all the time or Girls Who Surf does all the time.
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