Surf Lessons

Surf lesson with Cory

Here is a run down of what we do on a surf lesson @ Sol Surifng

Normally we will meet in San Juan at the REMAX office.  The office is on the North West corner of the intersection in front of the Central, Church Park right in the middle of town, so it is very easy to find.

Transportation

From there, we can hop into my truck and head to one of our southern beaches called Playa Hermosa.  It is about a 20-minute drive from town down a beautiful country road.  If you would like to follow me in your own vehicle you are more than welcome to do that as well.  A lot of people get a kick out of driving around in the junglesque surrounding that we get to drive through as you leave San Juan.

Instruction

Once we get to the beach we will find a spot in the shade in front of the ocean and start a bit of a, basics of surfing class, there on the sand as we watch waves roll in and get comfortable with a few key concepts of surfing. From there we will work on the actual mechanics of getting up to your feet, maintaining your balance and surfing the wave. That part of the class normally goes for about 45 minutes and then we are set to get into the water.

I will be right there in the water with you helping you paddle your board, getting your timing down for when to paddle for a wave as well as when and how to stand up and ride the wave.

We will take it in steps and at first start out in shallower water a little ways in front of the already collapsing waves and start learning how to get to our feet and maintain balance on flatter waves but still at the same time gliding across fast moving water.
A collapsed wave will generally push in a nice 2 to 4 foot tall wall of white water that rolls in to the beach with a bit a force and a bit of lift and lets us paddle into that part of the wave, which does not have the steep transitional take off and lets us get used to how unbalanced everything is before we add the element of 45 to 90 degree take offs on an actual building wave.

Then as we get more and more proficient we will move closer and closer to the actual forming waves until we are dropping in on the true building wave as they start to break.

I typically stay in the water with you until you tire out and want to take a break. Most first time surfers will go for about an hour in the water the first go around. I always encourage you to take a break when you get tired and once you are rested up, give it another go.

Goals

By that time the goal will be, to be able to paddle your surf board out unassisted into at least the shallower water in the smaller waves, and apply everything you have learned up to that point, to catch waves on your own.  I will still be in the water with you, but if all goes well, I will be surfing next to you as you catch your own waves and watch and see if there are more tips that I can give you to help you progress even more from there.

Once again, I will stay out there as long as you would like on that second go around.

Once you are sufficiently exhausted, we will have finished up a pretty good 4 to 6 hour day not to mention the majority of yesterday’s calories.  So splurge the day before if you want, have two deserts, we will work it off the next day. Then we can either head back to town or hang out on the beach for a while and just relax and take it all in.

Play Hermosa

Playa Hermosa has a nice little beach restaurant with some great food and cold drinks. They also have showers, bathrooms and a bunch of hammocks swinging in the trees.  It’s also a really nice long beach, great for walking and looking at all of the cool shells
and sand dollars that wash up with the tides.

Tide

The ocean tides play a big part in the most ideal time for us to go surfing. Ideally we want to be out there when the tide is lower so we can surf the incoming or rising tide as the day goes on.

The tides run in 6 hour cycles, for example, lets say at 10 in the morning the tide will be what they call dead low, then for the next 6 hours the tide will gradually rise finally peaking out at 4 in the afternoon at what is called dead high tide, then the tide will start to recede for the following 6 hours until it is at dead low again. This tidal cycle perpetually repeats itself every day. The time between tides technically, falls just short of 6 hours, more like 5 hours and 50 minutes. This time cycle, over the course of 4 tidal changes every day, causes the low and high tide times to change by about 45 minutes each day, always advancing forward. In the previous scenario the following day low tide would be at about 10 45 in the morning and high tide at 4 45, the next day 11 30 low tide, 5 30 high tide and so on and so on.

Surf Lessons Pricing

The cost of the day is $45 dollars a person, minimum of two people, maximum of 4.  At times I will take out more than 4, but if that is the case I always bring another instructor to assist me so that everybody is getting a lot of 1 on 1 attention. Singles are welcome; the rate is $65 dollars for the day.

What’s Included

I have rash guard or wet suit tops for you to use if you would like, I also provide the boards that we will use and the transportation to and from the beach.

You just need to bring some sunscreen, a towel if wanted and maybe a few dollars for some drinks or food if you would like.

Thank you very much for your interest and I hope to get you out there surfing some waves

Cory