I think I will meet an instructor today and ask him what he plans for me after I reveal a bit of where I am so far, and then I will take it from there. I will report back what I do in the end, later today. To date a lot of what I learned is from taking in while watching others. I agree it helps much.
Originally Posted by Swellinfo
One of the best ways to learn anything I think is to watch closely how others do it. So, getting in the water as much as possible and being around others who know what they are doing.
I'm sure if you take a lesson or two, it will give you some helpful tips.
Tell the instructor, what you want help with the most rather then wasting your time learning how to put on sun block.
I go out nearly every day, year-round. I'm don't have the "get out of here kook" attitude and it's nice to see someone with legit interest in surfing. I'll send you a PM sometime.
Where do you stay in chincoteague, one of the camp grounds?
Originally Posted by gruvi
I think I will save the money (more pizza! ) You and 757 touched on points that convince me I won't benefit beyond what I have been taught already by friends I made out in the surf. I don't need a beginner lesson as I can paddle okay and understand quite a lot of the safety needs. So thanks for affirmation to what I wasn't sure was a waste of time and money or not.
As to Chincoteague, I will be back there this coming Thursday. If you don't mind, please PM me if I can meet up and surf with you if you go out anytime from 9-29 to 10-06? Who do you go out with and what times of day?
Ok Gruvi, first, Is this professional a beginner instructor or a surf coach. Huge difference. Since you know how to surf you will not gain anything from a beginner format. On the other hand, I do not agree with everyone on here. Hands down, your surfing will improve if you have a coach. The only problem is the lack of consistancy to improve. I would suggest saving the $60 and using it on a trip where they film and study your surfing. I hired a personal coach/guide for a trip in Portugal and the knowledge gained was insane.(he trained Marlon Lipke for the 2009 WCT). He pointed out many positives in my surfing but also showed me what needs improvement. Similarly, minor tips can dramatically improve your surfing. Yes, you can learn from other but only if you understand what to look for. For example, Kelly doesn't rip because of his feet placement, take a look at his entire body during a turn. His body has PERFECT body mechanics( back straight, knees bent 45-90degrees) to any turn. Also, this is why his style is so awesome as well. So my suggestion is YES get a surf coach but make sure their is surf for him to watch your surfing. I have about 10years experience so If you need any tips PM me. Shaka
if you can stand up, i'd say pass on the lesson, however as JG Wentworth says, "It's your money, use it when you need it".
Whenever I really want to improve my surfing with certain moves (other than actually trying them) is to watch videos of people surfing online. So like if their is going to be a flat spell, I'll go home and watch videos to help me improve, and then if we ever get swell again (feels like forever on the east coast) i try out the move.
but as 757 surfer said, surfing is an individual sport, do it the way you want to do it, don't try to be swayed by other people's opinions.
I lesson with a coach or someone with many years experience teaching others to surf would not hurt one bit. They will be able to show you what ur doing wrong and how to improve on it.
As for surfing in the winter I think you should but know your limits. Surfing in the winter will help you improve your skills like paddling , Duck Diving, and pop in up on the boards. It will feel like you too a cpl steps back at first cause of the extra rubber you will have on but that only last for a cpl sessions. Once it water warms up u will see a big increase in your surfing.
Thanks for all the different points, I will put them to use. I only have a 4/3 with 3mm boots so I don't know how far that takes me season wise. Do waves keep getting bigger or snappier through October and November? December? I was a tad intimidated by the sets today. Some really barreled in up to 4 or 5 feet I'd guess. I am still used to summer waves (they scared me at first though), now I'm scared by these snappy bigger waves and wish again for summer size ones
a 4/3 will take you into a december. i usually can hold up in a 4/3 until right around thanksgiving, and maybe the 1st of december. for me it is the suit i use least. mostly from november to december, and april to may. if you aren't too skinny a 4/3 is good. all depends on air temperature too. the water could be 50 degrees, but we could get one of those november freezes for a week or snow even, and you probably won't last in your 4/3. you might need a hood by thanksgiving too or earlier if the air gets cool. i'm still trunking though while 3/4ths of people are in rubber. i expect to be trunking well into october by most years, but if it's good saturday i might put on the 3/2, because the temperature is supposed to be chilly that day.