Learn all basic skills from beginner, intermediate to advanced in just four lessons!!! After completion, every student will have acquired a proper foundation and have the skills needed to safely progress in surfing.
Matt has perfected the results of the Four Lessons Curriculum over the past 27 years. With Matt’s tips, secrets and technical insights to surfing, the lessons within this curriculum have reduced the learning curve of his students by at least 10 years!!!
Safety & Etiquette:
- Safety tips for surfing in the line-up out in the open ocean
- Etiquette and respecting other surfers for safe surfing
- How to safely paddle through sets, punch through waves, and how to paddle out safely
- Knowledge of tidal changes, rip currents, surf limitations, safe surfing breaks
Gear & Equipment:
- Overview and tips of all surf gear requirements
- How to wax the board and use a wax comb for clean up
- Board assessment to determine individual, custom board dimensions
- Correct leash size
- Proper fin placement
- Correct wet suits, rash guards and booties for all seasons
- Racks for different car models
- The First Aid Kit/medical supplies
Note: It is important that board assessments are the critical step during this phase of the curriculum, so each student will have the correct board dimensions with a full quiver that is provided switching out different sizes until assessed for each individuals progression which is determined in a minimum of two lessons. It is vital to buy a board that will not just work but ride right that is custom with the correct dimensions from the outline, rocker, rails, nose and tail configuration for each individual ability. ***For any student(s) who are on tour visiting, may just use provided boards/suits for the duration if not ready to purchase. This way the tourist(s) will know what correct dimensions of boards to rent while on vacation at other surf destinations.
Optional ‘In Shop’ Consult:
After the board assessment, which takes a minimum of two lessons to attain, students may choose to take advantage of the In Shop Consult. With this extra, Matt helps student’s to find and purchase a custom board that matches their unique surfing ability requirements and dimensions by visiting several sponsored shops and or reputable shapers that have been shaping for him professionally over Matt's professional career. Also, all other gear as well with his discounts!!!
To experience the full benefit of the curriculum, it is highly recommended that students take advantage of this extra and purchase a custom board that can be used for training during the last two lessons of the curriculum. This allows Matt and his staff to correctly position students and train them on their new custom boards, ensuring greater success with surf skills after completion of the curriculum.
Matt's 27 years of teaching experience has proven that 99.9% of students have received the wrong advice from either a friend, relative or unqualified surf Instructor, inexperienced shop consultant, school or camp regarding proper board dimensions and gear. Having the right "custom" board, with the right dimensions, the right gear with the right skills will make all the difference when it comes to progressing on the correct equipment not a board that just works but rides correctly.
Wave Tracking & Meteorology:
- When to surf and where to surf
- Finding the right conditions to surf
- Basic meteorology and oceanography
- Wave knowledge, tides and rip currents
***In each of the four lessons are devoted to covering how surf is created, wave knowledge, how to track surf, when the best conditions exist, when and where to surf, tides that effect currents and surf and an over all understanding of ocean conditions in this part of the curriculum in each of the four lessons to provide students the knowledge required to ensure their safety about waves/swells and surf conditions. Having these critical skills will ensure that students are not a hazard to themselves or others, and will help prevent students from getting caught in unsafe surf conditions. Matt's "signature" Curriculum book will be covered during each lesson for a sound knowledge of oceanography/meteorology.
- Popping up
- Proper board positioning
- Dropping in on waves
- Going down the face of a wave
- Going left and right
- Pivot turns
- Turtle dive
Ocean training is the most important part of the Curriculum, where the student will learn and enhance critical surf skills to improve timing when to stand up on the insides and outside breakers out in the line up riding the wave down the face, turning, going right and left, positioning, timing, etiquette, and paddling.
***We at Newport Surf School do not just push students standing on the sand bar on the insides the whole time like all the other entry level surf schools/camps do, but paddle our students to the outsides so that the novice will experience real surf instruction to bring every beginner/intermediate to the next leve.
Curriculum Lesson Structure:
Unloading boards, suiting up, waxing up, lesson preparation for the first 15 minutes. 15 minutes, land instruction 1st. lesson proper board positioning, how to stand up properly/class room instruction on meteorology/wave tracking and all tips on gear/equipment lessons 2, 3, 4.
1 hour ocean training and more meteorology/wave/ocean knowledge tips: Paddle out, timing, pivot turns, basic surfing fundamentals in outline. Last 30 minutes is for winding down lesson, rinse off, clean up, question answer time.
Time Each Lesson:
Scheduling of the Four Lesson Curriculum can be in succession of four days, every other day, or once a week and completed within a month.
Semi Private: $450.00 if signing up alone or $300.00 per student if signing up two at the same time.
Private: $150.00 per student.