The days are getting long, the water is warmer, and the best time of year is just around the corner…summer is coming. That’s right everyone our favorite time of year is upon us and with summer comes some of the best time to surf in both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Daylight savings affords us ample sunlight to do lessons well into the evening for those surfers that want to experience the sunset surf session. Surfing during the “golden hour” is that magical time of day when the sun is coming down to set, yet there is still ample light out to catch a few waves. It’s personally my favorite time of day to surf and enjoy the ocean.
Summer is one of those times to enjoy the beach at both ends of the spectrum because the early morning lessons are perfect to avoid some of the mid day crowds that come down to the beach. Generally the conditions are the best in the morning because the wind hasn’t come up as much interfering with the integrity and shape of the wave. Additionally you may want to plan to come to the beach a bit earlier to ensure you get a quality parking space.
At Learn To Surf we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to surf regardless of what time of day it is…so with that in mind we do accept same day appointments. However to ensure a lesson we recommend that you book your surf lesson at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee that you will be able to surf with us. Spots to take a surf lesson fill up really fast in the summer and we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone that comes down to the beach. So give us a call to book a lesson or you can book with us online and it will give you real time availability.
We cannot wait to see you out in the water…
Aloha Nui Loa
Some people dream of being able to work everyday at the beach as they peer out their office window. Here at Learn To Surf we are lucky enough to live that dream everyday as we have the honor of being surf instructors and stewards of the ocean. Although we have a blast out in the water teaching people how to surf we take our jobs very seriously. We are the real deal and have the highest level of safety training compared to any other surf school in Orange County. Most schools hire seasonal people on Craigslist that are looking for summer jobs that have no qualifications or CPR/safety training. Our standards are based off Navy SEAL/BUD/s training in which our founder went through and learned from the best watermen in the world. So take a look at our link for surf instructor training and see if you have what it takes to be one of the best surf instructors in California. Most of our candidates have a lifeguard/firefighting/EMT/or pro surfer background so we truly know how to keep you safe out in the ocean. So when other “surf schools” say they are safe ask to see their credentials, ours are posted online because we practice what we preach…safety. So if you are interested in becoming a surf instructor send us an email with your resume or give us a call and we will put you to the test.
Aloha Nui Loa!
New instructor and local charger Travis coming out with a beginner surfer.
It is almost here people…and although the sun shines virtually 365 days a year in Huntington Beach the weather is getting nicer everyday. Although we had an epic run of winter time swells here in Orange County there is nothing better than for winter to shed its icy embrace on our shores. Spring break is an epic time to come visit both Huntington and Newport Beach in order to learn to surf. The crowds are nowhere near as crazy as the summer time and the weather is perfect. This ensures that your first time surfing will be an experience like no other because conditions are generally very favorable and the swell is at the perfect level to learn to surf. So if you are in town for spring break be sure to stop by, jump on a board, and hit the waves with us. If you are surfing with a group be sure to take advantage of our photo package in order to capture your memories and hashtag your way to Facebook and Instagram stardom by showing off your new surfing skills. We really do give the best surf lessons in both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, but don’t take our word for it go on Yelp and Trip Advisor to see what people say about the experience….
You have heard the cliché “Rome was not built in a day” and this saying holds true in learning to surf as well. People often want to progress in surfing at a very rapid pace because we watch surf videos, contests, and people out in the water everyday that make it look easy. The fact is to become a better surfer you just have to go out and surf more. There is a school of thought out there that it takes 10,000 hours to truly master something. To put this into perspective 10,000 hours is a little over a year (1 year and 1 month to be exact) and this means that you would have to surf everyday all day for a year straight to “master” surfing. As enticing as quitting ones job and surfing 24 hours a day sounds it is not a realistic possibility. So the use of ones time becomes paramount when learning to surf as 10,000 hours can be a serious commitment. We all have obligations, duties, and unfortunately jobs to attend to during the course of the day. Surfing is seen as a leisure sport that some cannot devote the proper amount of time to master. However surfing can be some of your most well spent time as it is one of the best forms of exercise and stress relief. There is no magic formula to becoming a better surfer but below are some guidelines that will help you on your journey.
- Swim- Hands down one of the best ways to get into surfing shape. Swimming forces you to breathe methodically ensuring you will have better cardio when you paddle.
- Row- Getting on a rowing machine for 30 minutes a day will increase the strength of the muscles needed to paddle for surfing.
- Stretch- Flexibility is huge often times people don’t put in the work to loosen their bodies up. If your hips and legs are tight the motion of popping up on a surfboard will not come easy.
- Hydrate/Nutrition- The body is a machine and our goal is to turn it into a surfing machine. Drinking water instead of carbonated drinks will pay big dividends when surfing and cutting back on junk food gives you better stamina.
- Surf- Seems to simple to be true, but the best way to get better at surfing is to simply surf. It’s all about muscle memory the more we do something the more natural it feels. Our body is then programed to continually do an act that over time will be an unconscious reaction.
I am committed to these guidelines as they have made me a better surfer, but my goal is to incorporate them into your life so you will be a better surfer. We are all on the same path in the realm of surfing some of us a just a bit farther ahead on that path. However with time, dedication, and a willingness to become a better surfer that goal will eventually be realized.