SK Team Paddler Christine Burris update: Surf Zone Total Control and Basics
RWA Surf Zone 2 and 1: Total Control and Basics
There is nothing like a surf clinic the first weekend in January to start the year off right. Much to our students dismay we now run the classes in reverse order to prevent the temptation of taking an introduction on day one followed by a second day of total control. This combination for those new to surf has proven to be too much information and skill development to master in two days. We have found that separating this progression by at least several weeks generates better use of students and teacher time and money.
Students new to surf are challenged from the use of new muscles, the cold, the adrenaline rush of a new dynamic experience and let’s face it… overcoming anxiety. A few swims are to be expected. Walking through the along shore flow, emptying boats and heading back out can drain the vigor of even the most fit paddler. Students need to have time to practice the intro lessons on their own or with like minded paddlers before returning for additional instruction. So we started the weekend with students not new to surf. These classes are designed to teach long boat management in an expedition setting: how to safely get in and out of surf, how to hold position, rescues etc… Day two we had 4 different students, three experiencing long boat coastal surf for the first time and one who wanted to repeat foundational skills. Both days were a phenomenal success. Everyone went home tired, adequately challenged and smiling.
This entire group came to recognize: the difference between fear and excitement is attitude.
Rogue Wave Adventures