I'm new to this forum and pretty new to the idea of surfing or even body boarding. I love to watch it, but just haven't gotten out there. I did take some windsurfing lessons out at the Berkeley Marina some time ago and I had a terrific time. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on a good place to go where they teach you how to surf or bodyboard out here in the Bay Area?
check around the wharf in santa cruz or ask inside the nor-cal surf shop in pacifica. if you're looking for an option in SF try mollusk surf shop in off lincoln or aqua off sloat... best way to learn is just get some armor, get a board, and get in the ocean... preferably as often as possible
I wouldnt start out at mavericks, do some research and find a place with consistant but smaller waves. Mavericks in the winter time is huge. The only thing there in the summer time is sharks and more sharks and some sharks. Did I forget to mention that that place is very close to the Red Triangle? The Red Triangle is a smorgasboard for the carcharodon carcharias aka the Great White.
it really helps to be in shape. the basic fundamentals of surfing can be learned by watching experienced surfers and mimicing (hopefully, that's close to the spelling...I'm too tired to give a rats a$$). be not afraid of the ocean, but respect it's power, never forget that it can take your life if your not prepared for it's wrath.
like johnnytoobad said, water time, water time, water time...it's the only way too progress
and be ready to feel completely frustrated...that is until you pull into to that one and experience the unbelievably awesome feeling that it gives you...you'll be hooked after that one ride.
good luck, know your limits, show respect and get ready to learn, live and be humbled.