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Surf Lesson Tips: 3 Tips to Reinvent Your Surfing

3 Tips to Reinvent Your Surfing

Want to Reinvent your surfing? Experience the endless summer at two unique locations: Huntington Beach, California and Nosara, Costa Rica. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or new to surfing, you may have questions or doubts about equipment and/or surf coaching. Here are a few tips we’ve rounded up from years of experience on the water. Go to Private Surf Lessons if you want a detailed surf lesson teaching you how to do all the things that are mentioned below.

  1. Select the proper board: Surf Lesson

A common mistake among beginners is opting for too small of a board too quickly. When learning, you’ll likely experience the most luck on a longer, wider board. The reason it is easier to learn on a bigger board is that it has more buoyancy. The more buoyancy you have the more stable it is to be able to get up on your feet. As you become more confident in your surfing, you can try transitioning to a shorter board that still has some width and thickness to it (ex. a fish). With modern surfboard technology, you should be able to find a nice, stable board with no need to sacrifice performance. They make surfboards that are short but have as much volume (buoyancy)  as a long board has which will be your transition board. Foam is your friend, the more foam the more fun for learning! You can learn all these things while taking a surf lesson with us! Our Surfing Frequently Asked Questions page will help you determine your equipment you will need to ride waves with ease. Go check it out Frequently Asked Questions: Surfing

Variety of Surfboards

Variety of Surfboards

  1.   Find your sweet spot

Every surfboard has a sweet spot, or the point on the board where there is an equal amount of weight and volume on all sides of the board. We also call this the balance point on our board. The first things Corky Carroll’s Surf School does in their surf lessons is help the student find the sweet spot. In order to find this spot you need to go in the ocean and float on your board. If the nose of the board is in the water you are to far up on the board. If your nose of your board is to high above the water then you are to far back on your board. You look at your board as it is like boat, if to many people are on the left side of the boat, the boat will sink going left. So if you are to far on one side of your board then you will sink and you are not in the sweet spot. The sweet spot is important to note because it should be situated between your feet when riding a wave. Every board, surfer, and wave is unique so you may to play around to find your specific sweet spot, but this is a good rule of thumb for finding it. If you want to learn more about finding your sweet spot and need more help with learning how to surf go check out our blog Why You Need Surf Lessons

Go check out our Private Lesson Live Availability Private surf lessons

Huntington Beach Private Surf Lessons

  1.   Know the differences between paddling techniques

When trying to reinvent your surfing you will need to learn paddling techniques. When paddling out into the lineup there are a couple things to keep in mind. Before heading out, look for channels to paddle through (finding one can save you lots of energy). You’ll also want to time your paddle—it’s much easier to paddle out between sets than in the middle of one. If there is shorebreak, you should not start paddling until you are past it. It will be easier to walk to the opposite side of the shorebreak before you start paddling. Lastly, paddle hard. When a wave breaks in front of you, you want to have some momentum going forward so its easier to get over. You are going to either have to go over the wave doing a half push up or you are going to have to turtle roll.

paddling out

paddle out

When paddling to catch a wave you’ll want to find a good position on your board—if you’re too far forward you’ll nose dive but if you’re too far back you may not catch the wave. It may take some time to master but you’ll eventually get a feel for it. When you take off, keep your head down, your legs together, tighten your core, cup your hands, and build up speed. Once you think you have the wave, execute two more quick strokes before popping up. This will all be taught by our professional instructors during the surf lessons we put on. 

Choose your location between the surf school in Huntington Beach, California or our surf resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. Each has something to offer for surfers of all skills and ability levels—whether you’re looking to ride a wave for the first time or expand your skill set, we’re here to help. If you are a beginner and or just want to get better at surfing our Private Surf Lessons can give you the confident to get out there by yourself in no time. Go Check out Private Surf Lessons . If you need a place to practice that is safe and has perfect learning waves go check out our other blogs at Corky Carroll’s Surf School Blogs

Click the link if you want more information about our Huntington Beach Surf School/Camp – Corky Carroll’s Surf School

Click the link if you want to check out our Costa Rican Surf Resort Costa Rica Resort and Surf Camp

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Cheap Surf Lessons

Cheap Surf lessons!

If you’re newer to surfing, or simply want to “get back into the groove”– Surf Lessons in Southern California are the way to go! Our instructors at Corky Carroll’s surf school will show you the correct movements, like how to paddle/extend your arms, spring up like a cat, and the proper foot and body placement- before even wading into the water. Cheap surf lessons are not the way to go when learning how to surf!

We love what we do (we love teaching people how to surf)! We’re quite lucky to play on the beach, and represent the love of surfing in Orange County. And although we love, love, love testing “new waters” and challenges (and making sure you reach your goals)- Our #1 priority is your safety! We want to make sure our students have the best experience while learning how to surf, and know what to expect, one step-at-time.

So! What does that mean?

First off, here at Corky’s- We work with the California State Parks to receive our beach permit and  we work with the City of Huntington Beach to receive a legal business license, allowing us to conduct private (and semi private) surf lessons. In a sense, we are “renting the beach.” We make sure that we are abiding by all requirements, and not breaking any laws (and putting anyone at risk), and potentially being kicked off the beach by the police. Check out why Bolsa Chica is the best location to learn how to surf Bolsa Chica State Beach

bolsa chica

bolsa chica

 

We also make sure we have the right insurance to protect us and you. Most cheap surf lessons do not have these qualifications.  Just like we want to make sure our  surf instructors are safe everyday- We want to make sure our students are just as protected! We do absolutely everything we can to have the most stress-free surfing lesson possible- but the Ocean is a wonderful creature, and sometimes she has other plans. We encourage light stretching before and after the class, drinking plenty of water beforehand, offer the best-fit/thickness of wetsuits, and the best board to fit your skill-level, and preference of riding stretching. This Frequently Asked Questions For Equipment will help you determine the best equipment to help you surf in no time.

stretching

stretching

If we all follow these suggestions/instructions, and have the correct permits & insurances- We are cruising for a happy day/weekend! Yet, unfortunately- Not all Surf Schools abide by these rules. Many “surfing Schools” on “discount websites” don’t have the proper insurance and permits to execute the safe-experience that students expect. That is why you should look into doing legal surf lesson with us Contact us

Websites we strongly encourage NOT going to:

Brads Deals

DealNews.com

FatWallet

Gotta Deal

Groupon

Living Social

RetailMeNot

Slick Deals

Craigslist (100% are all illegal) Very Dangerous

Oh no! Did you read Groupon, on the list above?! Unfortunately, yes. Although I am guilty of perusing Groupon for meal discounts, or DIY classes- I would never go to Groupon for an discounted activity like Surfing.

cheap surf lessons

groupon

 

There are “Surf Classes” bragging that they give “the best  lessons in Surf City,” at the cheapest price- but 90% of the time, these illegal surf schools don’t  have the proper permits and insurances needed to legally teach safe lessons. Also, on another note- When these private & semi-private surf lessons are at a 50% markdown- the experience is not always set to the reviews/expectations. Go look at our Private Lessons Prices and Deals  at Private Surf Lesson Prices

Again, although most these surf coaches love the water/lifestyle- these businesses are barely making any money through Groupon. The goal of using a discount site- is hoping the customer will come back (usually a 1 time use for discount), or tell their friends. Yet, if this discount site is overdone/overused, employees/businesses can become burnt out.

Please, read the reviews!

(see our reviews from yelp, here)

When looking on the Groupon site, there are many comments where the instructors were late- or parking was not specified, or there were too many students for 1 teacher (quite chaotic with younger kids). Here at Corky’s, we choose the safest beginner beach “Bolsa Chica State Beach.” We’ve been conducting surf lessons here for over 20 years, parking is welcoming, and there aren’t any aggressive locals. (Click to check out Bolsa!)

 

Overall, we want you to have a wonderful time, that keeps you craving for more! We want beginner surfers to have so much fun, and return-surfers to regain confidence, and pick-up this amazing hobby/sport, that we love SO much.

Here is what we suggest!

  • Research! Give the different surf camps a ring!
  • Are the surf lessons  ran by a local business? Do they know the waters/beaches?
  • Do the businesses have the correct permits?
  • Do they have insurance for them, AND you?
  • What waivers do they ask you to fill out?
  • Can they explain an action plan, for if someone does get hurt?

Also, please watch for these signs/red flags:

  • Are they asking you to meet at a “off-site” location before going to the beach!!! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 
  • Are they not allowing  you to sign the waiver and pay on the sand, where the surf lesson is taking place?! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 

If one of the above are happening, there’s a good chance that the illegal school is avoiding conspicuous behavior, to avoid getting a ticket or being removed from the beach. These businesses do not want you to sign a waiver, or do any type of money transaction on the beach, because this would be visible proof of their illegal behavior.

cheap surf lessons

cheap surf lessons

As I’m sure our readers understand; We’d love to have you. We’d love to connect you to our talented coaches, and give your family a few days at our Huntington Beach location, that they’ll never forget. Or perhaps the possibility of meeting for an all inclusive surf camp, in Costa Rica! Yet, more than anything- we want our future customers to be knowledgeable with what the Surf Market in Orange County has to offer (and to understand “the do’s” and “the dont’s”).

Costa Rica Resort and Surf Camp

Huntington Beach Surf Camp

Either way…

After you have a chance to ask the following above… GO FOR IT.

 

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Wave Pools: The Future

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5 Artificial Wave Pools to Add to Your Bucket List

In recent years, wave pools have been popping up across the globe, defying nature and providing perfect surf in the process. Each is unique in its construction and design but all are similar in the fact that they provide surf and stoke in places where waves would otherwise be unavailable. Here, we take a look at five of the top wave pools on the planet and discuss their backstory, the technology behind them, and public access. Try not to froth too hard.

 

The Surf Ranch: Wave Pool

Leemore, California

 

In 2007, Kelly Slater founded the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) with the goal of creating a soliton wave, or a wave that maintains its shape while moving at a constant velocity. In 2015, Slater’s dream came to life when the first footage of the artificial wave was released to the public. The technology behind the wave is simple yet wildly complex: a 100-ton hydrofoil is pushed along a 700-yard track, resulting in six-foot waves that last about a minute. The wave is often regarded as one of the most perfect waves on the planet and in September of 2018, the CT hosted its first event at The Surf Ranch. For now, the wave is invitation only but expansion plans should open the wave to the public in the near future.

 

https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14006-the-facts-and-figures-behind-kelly-slater-surf-ranch

http://www.kswaveco.com

surf ranch ca

surf ranch ca

 

The BSR Cable Park

Waco, Texas

 

The BSR Cable Park put Waco, Texas on the map as a premier surf destination in early 2018 when footage of Seth Moniz doing a massive backflip on the wave was released. The park features multiple breaks, with waves suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfers. From the minds of Jamie O’Brien and Cheyne Magnusson, the pool is fueled by 24, 10-foot wide air chambers. The result: 240-feet of wave generating area. In addition to waves, the park offers a lazy river, an epic water slide, and an on-site hotel. The park is open to the public and one-hour sessions run from $60-$90, depending on your wave choice.

 

https://www.bsrcablepark.com

https://stabmag.com/news/a-new-texas-wavepool-designed-by-jamie-obrien-and-cheyne-magnusson/

BSR Cable Park

seth moniz backflip

 

 

 Surf Snowdonia

Conwy, North Wales, United Kingdom

 

Surf Snowdonia was born in North Wales, United Kingdom in August of 2015. Set against a backdrop of forests and mountains, Surf Snowdonia offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced waves to satisfy surfers of all skill levels. The wave features Wavegarden technology through which a hydrodynamic wavefoil powered by a gearless drive system displaces water under a pier to form glassy swell. In addition to waves, the park offers lessons, food, and unique lodging options. The park is open to the public and hour-long sessions cost somewhere in the ballpark of $60.

 

https://www.surfsnowdonia.com

snowdonia

surf snowdonia

NLand

Austin, Texas

 Founded in 2016 by Doug Coors, NLand made its mark as the largest surf park in the world. In an effort to be as energy efficient as possible, the park features Wavegarden technology. To further their efforts in sustainability, the lagoon is 100% self-sustaining and uses a state-of-the-art water filtration system that meets or exceeds the standards set by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency. The park is open to the public and features beginner, intermediate, and advanced waves as well as surf lessons from expert coaching staff.

Nland

Nland Surf Park

 

https://wavegarden.com

http://nlandsurfpark.com

 

Unit Surf Pool

Anywhere

 Born in Cologne, Germany, Unit Surf Pool is the first floating surf pool as well as the most efficient artificial stationary wave on the planet. The Unit Surf Pool brings a surfable wave to any body of standing water, meaning an endless water supply and no need for chemical water treatment. Pumps pull water to the surface where gravity then creates a powerful stream heading down the ramp into the wave generating section of the pool. When the stream meets the body of water, a stationary deepwater wave is created. The Unit Surf Pool can operate in any standing body of water with a minimum depth two meters, is available in five sizes, and can be up and running in less than four months.

unit surf pool

unit surf pool

https://www.surf-pool.com

 

Wave pools offer a controlled platform, with perfect waves on a loop, making them the ideal place to learn to surf or hone in your skills. While scoring surf in landlocked regions is certainly worth experiencing, there’s something to be said about the magic and unpredictability of riding waves in the ocean. There are thousands of waves to choose from but two of our favorites are in Huntington Beach, California and Nosara, Costa Rica. When you’re ready to put your wave pool skills to the test, come join us at one of our kids’ camps or all-inclusive retreats—our expert coaches will help ease the transition from manufactured waves to everything the ocean has to offer. Go to Huntington Beach Surf Camp for our summer surf camp in Huntington Beach or go to Costa Rican Surf Resort for our international surf retreat.

Written by: Rebecca Parsons