How Long Does it Take to Learn Surfing?


When I teach Surf Lessons in Oceanside, prospective students and parents often ask how many lessons or how long does it take to learn. This is a good question with lots of possible answers. I give one to two hour lessons and I often think two hours is too long for most people.Ashley2.410

This week I had three teenagers and a younger sibling take two 2 hour lessons back in two days. On the first day they learned well but started falling apart after an hour from fatigue. On the second day we started over and put all the pieces together. They did much better. Then I got in the water and paddled with them.

I don’t know if it helped but they were all riding perfectly to the beach. I taught the two boys to catch real waves on the inside and ride them at an angle like they would do if they were on the outside. One of the parents was also a beginner surfer and was playing on her own amongst us.

I have to say, I was even impressed by the results. Normally I would say learning is a function of conditioning because surfing is very demanding physically. You have to have strength, stamina, and flexibility. The better your fitness, the longer you can learn. When you are tired, you regress.

Learning to practice with the right habits is what I try to create. Sometimes it takes two lessons. Students start out with the right habits and then they lapse into their own style. A recent teenager arrived for three daily consecutive lessons. He had very bad habits that entered his muscle memory.

I corrected them on the first day, but in his own after lesson practice he reverted. On the second day, I corrected the habits and he adapted them more permanently. On the third day, we were paddling out and catching bigger waves.

Some people can transfer what you say to correct their bad habits. I have had students who will do the same wrong things for a whole lesson regardless of what I say or do. I often demonstrate by surfing a few waves because many people can transfer the vision better than words.

So, I still don’t have an answer for how long it takes to surf well.


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