Beginner & intermediate coaching
Available on all our surf trips

In order to accelerate your learning curve and to give better personalized advice, we divide our travellers into small groups of 2 or 3 surfers per surf teacher. You will be grouped with the surfers that have to most similar experience to you, to ensure that you get personalized advice according to your level.

Before joining us, you will fill a form so that our team knows more about your skill level and about what you should be practicing during the coaching retreat.

*You might feel you are “in between” the levels below, this is normal. Every surfer progresses differently. The levels below are simply a way to help you understand if our coaching is right for you and what technical aspects we normally work on.

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Level 1: beginner surf coaching 

Surf Coaching Camp
Learn to Surf Nicaragua
Bali Lembongan Beginner Waves

Level 1.1: you are a total beginner
“I never tried surfing before but I know how to swim.”

What you will focus on:

  • Paddling techniques
  • Basic surfing equipment
  • Security aspects
  • Surf etiquette
  • Passing the break
  • How to pop up on a surfboard
  • Depending on your level, you might work on your stance, catching unbroken waves and maybe even start turning!

Level 1.2: beginner with limited experience
“I’ve tried surfing before, only a few times. I still struggle with the basics: paddling & popping up.”

What you could focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics for beginner surfers (same as level 1.1)
  • Improving your take off & paddling techniques
  • Working on your surfing stance to gain more balance
  • Learning to catch unbroken waves (“green waves”)
  • Improving your positioning to catch more unbroken waves
  • Learning the basics of slowing down & accelerating
  • Learning to angle your take off to go either left or right

Level 1.3: beginner with experience
“With assistance, I’m able to stand up and go straight on a wave, with decent control.”

What you could focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics for beginner surfers (same as level 1.1 & 1.2)
  • Learning to catch unbroken waves (“green waves”)
  • Improving your wave reading ability to catch better quality waves
  • Improving your positioning to catch more waves
  • Learning to angle your take off to go either left or right
  • Improving your stance to gain more mobility
  • Understanding how to trim on a wave
Surf Coaching Camp

Level 1.1: you are a total beginner
“I never tried surfing before but I know how to swim.”

What you will focus on:

  • Paddling techniques
  • Basic surfing equipment
  • Security aspects
  • Surf etiquette
  • Passing the break
  • How to pop up on a surfboard
  • Depending on your level, you might work on your stance, catching unbroken waves and maybe even start turning!
Learn to Surf Nicaragua

Level 1.2: beginner with limited experience
“I’ve tried surfing before, only a few times. I still struggle with the basics: paddling & popping up.”

What you could focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics for beginner surfers (same as level 1.1)
  • Improving your take off & paddling techniques
  • Working on your surfing stance to gain more balance
  • Learning to catch unbroken waves (“green waves”)
  • Improving your positioning to catch more unbroken waves
  • Learning the basics of slowing down & accelerating
  • Learning to angle your take off to go either left or right
Bali Lembongan Beginner Waves

Level 1.3: beginner with experience
“With assistance, I’m able to stand up and go straight on a wave, with decent control.”

What you could focus on:

  • Reviewing the basics for beginner surfers (same as level 1.1 & 1.2)
  • Learning to catch unbroken waves (“green waves”)
  • Improving your wave reading ability to catch better quality waves
  • Improving your positioning to catch more waves
  • Learning to angle your take off to go either left or right
  • Improving your stance to gain more mobility
  • Understanding how to trim on a wave
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Why should you get this coaching?

Surfing has a long progression curve. Learning the right basic techniques from the start is one of the keys to efficient and fun progression. Even if you have taken some surf lessons here and there, you will probably benefit from this level of coaching. Our surf coaches will take the time to analyze your technique, making sure you don’t develop bad habits and that you master the basics, helping you reach the next level faster.

Level 2: intermediate surf coaching

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Level 2.1: intermediate surfer
“In waves that are waist to shoulder high, I can paddle “Passed the Break”, catch “Unbroken Waves” by myself and go Left & Right on the face of the wave. I want to have more control on my surfboard, do basic turns and change direction.”

What you could focus on:

  • Generating speed on a wave
  • Improving your wave reading ability
  • Choosing the right equipment for specific conditions
  • Duck dives
  • Improving your stance to gain mobility
  • Learning to basics of bottom turns & top turns

Level 2.2: intermediate transitioning into an advanced surfer
“I have good control on my Surfboard & can turn to change direction. I want to practice Cutbacks, generating speed, bottom turns, top turns & more.”

What you could focus on:

  • Increasing your capacity to generate speed on different types of waves
  • Improving your positioning to catch better waves, at the optimal place to take off
  • Duck dives
  • Improving how you propel yourself towards the wave’s face (technical analysis of your bottom turns)
  • Improving your top turns (technical analysis of your positioning on the wave, your upper body’s rotation, rail-to-rail transition, etc.)
  • Learn or improve your cutbacks
  • Depending on your level, you could learn to do floaters, re-entries (snaps) or roundhouse cutbacks
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Level 2.1: intermediate surfer
“In waves that are waist to shoulder high, I can paddle “Passed the Break”, catch “Unbroken Waves” by myself and go Left & Right on the face of the wave. I want to have more control on my surfboard, do basic turns and change direction.”

What you could focus on:

  • Generating speed on a wave
  • Improving your wave reading ability
  • Choosing the right equipment for specific conditions
  • Duck dives
  • Improving your stance to gain mobility
  • Learning to basics of bottom turns & top turns
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Level 2.2: intermediate transitioning into an advanced surfer
“I have good control on my Surfboard & can turn to change direction. I want to practice Cutbacks, generating speed, bottom turns, top turns & more.”

What you could focus on:

  • Increasing your capacity to generate speed on different types of waves
  • Improving your positioning to catch better waves, at the optimal place to take off
  • Duck dives
  • Improving how you propel yourself towards the wave’s face (technical analysis of your bottom turns)
  • Improving your top turns (technical analysis of your positioning on the wave, your upper body’s rotation, rail-to-rail transition, etc.)
  • Learn or improve your cutbacks
  • Depending on your level, you could learn to do floaters, re-entries (snaps) or roundhouse cutbacks
Surf Coaching Retreat Mentawai Surf Camp
Why should you get this coaching?

Surfing is addictive. The better you surf, the more you love it. This coaching is designed to identify the important changes you can bring to your technique that will end up making a huge difference in your surfing, and the fun you have in the water! You will receive personalized tips on how you surf and what to improve. These can truly make a difference in many aspects such as the quality of the waves you pick, the speed you are able to generate, your agility on the wave, etc.

The main difference between beginner and intermediate surfers is their autonomy in the water. In order to benefit from intermediate coaching, you need to be comfortable paddling through the white water and catching unbroken waves by yourself. If this is still a challenge for you, you will benefit more from the beginner coaching.