This Curriculum is the starting off point for the total beginner or intermediate to attain a solid foundation necessary to progress with confidence after completion. Many total beginners who have never surfed or those who have been surfing a couple of times, taken some lessons here and there from some inferior unprofessional camps/schools/independent instructors have been corrected after just four lessons, every student will know how to surf better, where to surf, when to surf, and have the skills needed to safely to progress in surfing. This base curriculum has been proved to shave off the learning curve by ten years!!!
This initial curriculum will cover the following fundamental surf skills:
Safety & Etiquette:
- Safety tips for surfing in the line-up out in the open ocean
- Etiquette and respecting other surfers
- How to safely paddle through sets, punch through waves, and how to paddle out
- Knowledge of tidal changes, rip currents, surf limitations
Gear & Equipment:
- Overview and tips of all surf gear requirements
- How to wax the board and use a wax comb
- Board assessment to determine individual, custom board dimensions
- Correct leash size
- Proper fin placement
- Correct wet suits, rash guards and booties
- The First Aid Kit/medical supplies
Please note - It is important that board assessments are a critical step in this phase of the curriculum so each student will have the correct board dimensions. 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.
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.
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 25 years of teaching experience has proven that 99% 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 and the right skills will make all the difference in the world 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 insides the whole time but paddle to the outsides too so that the novice will experience real surf instruction to bring every beginner to the next level!!!
Curriculum Lesson Structure:
Unloading boards, suiting up, waxing up, lesson preparation for the first 15 minutes. Then 15 minutes land/class room instruction on meteorology/wave tracking and all tips on gear/equipment.
Ocean training and more meteorology/wave/ocean knowledge tips: Paddle out, basic surfing fundamentals in outline. ***The final 15 minutes is winding down the lesson which will include a break down of what was learned, questions/answers and clean up/rinse off of equipment at showers taking off suits.
Time Each Lesson:
Total Time: 8 hours.
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 per student if signing up alone or $300.00 if signing up two or more.
Private: $150.00 per student.