Time in the water is more important than having a teacher, in most cases. Most surfers are no good at teaching anyways. I think that is why it is better to stick with a local surf school if you really have to have lessons.
I agree. The only advice I ever got from my buddies ensured a wipeout design for their amusement. Actually I did learn what not to do fairly quicky from them. Don't take it too serious and just have fun.
surf surf surf, there is no substitute for time in the water.
Okay, so I paid for three lessons at Lou Maresca Surf School in Brevard County. Here are tips: start off on a 9 foot soft top long board. The teacher stressed this and said "not 8 foot. 9 foot", it's stable and can catch even one foot waves on flat days. Also, said to either surf in Ft. pierce or Cocoa Beach because they are the best beaches for beginners in terms of the way the bottom slopes and waves break.
The rest is all practice. I started off by just riding white water, that is, let the wave break, then ride it in, to get the hang of popping up and balance. Quickly was able to advance to learning how to spot the wave, paddle for it and get up. But I bet it wasn't u til I was on my 30th session that I began to figure out the timing.
I still am terrible, but I can catch 3 footers, 4 footers sometimes if they are mushier, bottom turn and have a helleva great time. Just stay at it and try a 9 foot board. You can rent one at Wabasso surf shop on U.S.1 next door to Burger King near the 510 bridge,. Wabasso is the town on the mainland just south of Sebastisn, north of Vero. Cost you $25 for the day. You could probably rent them up by you too.
A few pointers from an experienced, well-intentioned surfer while you're both out on the water can work wonders in getting a beginner out of a slump (i.e., can't seem to do anything right) or catching bad habits in the making before they become ingrained.
Dude drop some cash for lessons like everyone else.