We may use a combination of theory and video lessons are used to teach you to surf better. Theory lessons are basically classroom lessons that break certain aspects of surfing into a more understandable, easy format.
Theory lessons are significantly important when teaching surfers new skills. With a series power point presentations, Kalle Carranza explains everything from board dynamics to how to paddle efficiently or avoid nose diving. We may go through surfboards and how certain shaped tails work better than others in small waves, or learn to ride tide charts. Our theory lessons were created to give you a better understanding as to how and why surfboards, waves, tides, swell, etc. react the the way they do. Long lost are the days where you have to surf the internet trying to find reading material that will make you a better surfer. Our theory lessons are just that.
“I truly believe teaching surfing should be taught in a way that a good teacher at school teaches. Examples, Powerpoints, video, photos, engaging students, asking questions, etc. I try and use every verbal and visual tool at hand to make people understand what is going on and how to REALLY improve their surfing. My approach to teaching is one where I present everything I've learned through experience, collegues, friends, students and pro surfers, and use it to engage my clients to surf better.” - Kalle Carranza
Video feedback sessions are extremely useful in improving your surfing. Whether it’s style, or technique, there is nothing better than seeing yourself surf and learning what it is you can work on. It is something different to have someone tell you what you’re doing and then for you to see it yourself. Pro surfers watch themselves surf to improve, and it was only a short time ago that instructors starting using the same method for teaching beginners to surf. They get the treatment the pros get.
SURF SESSIONS (PRACTICE)
There'll be times when you learn about waves and how they break, or about board design, or how to paddle more efficiently. Other times we'll practice reading waves duckdiving. And sometimes we will practice techniques and body movements so that once we go in the water we have it embedded in muscle memory. Surfing is tough because you only get to try a certain thing a handful of times out in the water. The ILW team will help you and give you "homework" exercises to practice without the need for waves or sometimes even water.
WAVE COUNT UP
You want to get better at surfing? Catch more waves! “ 90% of people that take surf lessons and need surf lessons aren’t catching many waves. If you’re out surfing for 2 hours and all you catch is 3 waves, then somethings off. You’re either on too small a board, paddling inefficiently, reading waves incorrectly, or you’re too tired. Ha.
How do you know what waves to catch?Big ones, small ones, where do they break, how often, why? How do you know? Ever wondered why good surfers catch more waves that average surfers? Sure, they might be in crazy shape, but sometimes it’s just equipment choices and reading the ocean flawlessly.
At I Love Waves, we really try and bring that wave count up so that you can focus on those things are fun to learn: turning, trimming, tricks, etc. Surfing’s learning curve is one of the toughest. Why? Because all waves are different, there are no 2 identical waves in the world, everyone of them is unique. The terrain changes. Plus, you’re not snowboarding and getting a lift up to the top of the mountain, you have to paddle out to where the waves are breaking. If you can catch 30 waves a session, then you can actually focus on learning to surf. But as beginners, we’re focusing on all the other things that will allow us to catch those 30 waves in order to learn to surf. Then you have to know what wave, when to start paddling, when to stand up, etc. Bringing your wave count up is one of the most important things in surfing. “Sure, if I push you into every wave, put you in the right spot and tell you to stand up, you’ll learn to surf pretty darn fast. Surf that is, not paddle. It’s like wake surfers that tell me they surf behind a boat and can turn. They get on a surfboard and can’t even catch a wave much less focus on turning. Or snowboarders that tell me that they’re good snowboarders. They can’t catch waves on their tiny boards. Don’t get me wrong, all those sports help with balance and being in shape. It is immensely easier for people that are in shape to learn to surf, and why wouldn’t it be? But anyone deserves to stand on a surfboard at least once in their life. They owe it to themselves, they deserve it!
At I Love Waves, we’ll get you standing on a board if it’s the last thing we do in this life. We’re commited to giving you the gift of surfing and everything that it entails. Your life will change. We promise.