You get a sense of personal accomplishment, or maybe you unlock something that means you can take on bigger waves, or you fix your technique and finally do that move you’ve been working on….
Improvements come in many ways – increased ocean knowledge, better physical preparation, awareness of technique just to name a few.
I’m on a mission to help beginners and experienced yet average surfers unlock their surfing potential.
The approach I take is quite different from other surf schools, is very thorough and treats everyone as an individual. You won’t find any big group lessons here.
Read on and find out if my style of surf coaching is for you.
Why UP Surf Coaching Exists
Reason 1 – I noticed that standard beginner surf lessons often don’t teach people the skills they need to progress quickly, or prepare people to surf confidently on their own.
When people go to a surf school they usually have an awesome time in that first lesson, the instructor puts them in the right place, they catch waves, stand up and get hooked.
But most surf lessons don’t go into the nitty gritty details of what it takes to be a surfer, and if the student is serious about getting into the sport this can set them up for some frustration.
Many beginners feel a bit lost after the typical one-off lesson. They wonder what they work on next, how they go from standing on small whitewater waves close to the beach to riding proper waves out the back with the real surfers. Others don’t have the confidence to paddle out from the shore as their lesson didn’t teach them enough about the ocean or how to navigate around and under the waves and other surfers.
I reckon lots of would be surfers get demoralised at this point and give up.
Reason 2 – I realised that “average” surfers often lack clarity about the mistakes they are making and get stuck, not knowing how to improve. They also struggle to find coaching that is genuinely aimed at their level – the surf industry ignores them.
Almost all surf coaching and training is being focused on 2 specific groups – total beginners and upcoming professionals.
What about the 35 year old late-starter who wants to improve his top turns and get his first barrel?
What about the girl whose been surfing 3 years but wants some help to surf point and reef breaks?
What about the busy family man who doesn’t surf as much as he used to, but wants a training program and some technique coaching to ensure he rips on his next surf trip to indo with the boys?
They often get that classic surf tip “Just surf more”. Whilst water time is vital, it’s not that simple. Many average surfers go on making the same mistakes year after year.
They generally attempt to improve by buying the latest boards and fins, but possibly haven’t considered that coaching could be a much more effective and cheaper solution.
It’s crazy that there aren’t many coaching options for these forgotten surfers – they make up more than 90% of the worldwide surfing population.