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excerpt from ocregister.com by Laylan Connelly:
Want surf lessons? Here’s how to find licensed surfing instructors while avoiding the pirates
As an instructor from Corky Carroll’s Surf School gave 9-year-old Maya Madden a gentle push into the whitewash at Bolsa Chica State Beach, her mother snapped photos.
It was Maya’s first surf lesson. And for the Maddens, an Ohio family vacationing in Orange County, getting instruction from a legitimate instructor was key.
“We’re from the Midwest; we’re landlocked. She hasn’t had much experience with ocean swimming,” Tiffany Madden, Maya’s mom, said after the recent lesson.
“We definitely wanted an experience that was going to be fun and safe.”
That experience, for the Maddens and thousands of other wannabe surfers, boiled down to a simple choice: They could turn to a licensed surf instructor, or they could pick from among dozens of individual surfers and others who advertise surf-instruction services online, often at cheaper prices.
Cities are grappling with how to wipe out illegal operators. But for the licensed surf school operators – small businesses with overhead that includes taxes and insurance – the pirates mean just one thing.
“It’s like the Wild West,” said Corky Carroll’s Surf School founder Rick Walker.
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