I have never surfed before. Does this matter?
No. In fact, in the majority of cases it's actually easier to learn how to surf if you've never tried it before.
I'm a little nervous. What should I expect?
Expect to have fun. There's nothing extra you have to do. All you have to think about is showing up at the beach. The Surfbug guarantees each of its students a comfortable, safe and friendly experience.
Do I need to bring any special equipment?
If you are taking individual lessons, all equipment costs are covered. If you are taking group lessons, you are responsible for supplying your own wetsuit. Wetsuit rental available for $10.
How quickly will I learn?
This is perhaps the single most-asked question. The most important thing to remember is that everyone learns at a different pace. The list of reasons why one person might learn faster than another is endless: interest, board size, physical ability, experience, and environment, just to name a few. Some are controllable and others are not, and no single factor offers an advantage over another. The Surfbug does not recommend students focus on how quickly they will learn because it creates a distraction, interferes with the learning process, and forms innaccurrate conclusions and often unrealistic expectations of one's own progress. Another person's circumstances are too variable to make a fair assessment of your own progress.
Why are lessons limited to 60 and 90-minute increments?
The average surf session lasts anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes. Anything beyond this range is uncommon for most people because of the amount of energy that is being expended while surfing. What's more, a beginner typically uses twice the amount of energy compared to a seasoned surfer, so lessons have to be manageable. To demonstrate this point, a survey of students found one hour of surfing was the maximum amount of time they could handle. The 90-minute increment was created for the few exceptions.
Are group lessons available?
Yes. However, group lessons aren't recommended if you are interested in taking surfing seriously. Although over 90% of the surf lessons advertised on the internet are given in the group model, they are not the most effective way for learning how to surf. This is why The Surfbug specializes in private lessons. If you just want to have fun with a group of friends or family and don’t care too much about making surfing your hobby, then scheduling group lessons are perfect.
Why are prices so low?
There are three main reasons prices are kept to a minimum. First, lessons are structured for people who want to learn how to surf long term, so prices are kept as affordable to returning customers as possible. It’s The Surfbug’s way of demonstrating a real commitment to each student. Second, The Surfbug is still relatively new, so rates are offered below market value to recruit new students. The projection is that as The Surfbug community grows over time so will demand. Although maintaining low prices for students is always a top priority, this is another way of saying take advantage of this opportunity now because prices are expected climb in the future. Finally, to remain competitive, prices adapt to the seasons and reflect market trends.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Cash and all major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) are acceptable methods of payment. Cash payment is preferred. Sorry, checks and money orders of any kind are not accepted.
What if I want a receipt?
Hard copy receipts are available upon request at the time of payment. Credit card receipts may be sent via email.
Who is The Surfbug?
The Surfbug was created by Chris Silva. He is currently the only employee of The Surfbug. Chris is responsible for all aspects of surf instruction, content, marketing, management, and adminstration.
Is it better to surf in the summer or winter?
There is a misconception among nonsurfers that the surf is better in the summer. People often associate the beach with warm weather (i.e. fun in the sun), which might help explain the source of confusion. However, although the water is colder, the surf is much better in the fall and winter because weather patterns are more active during those seasons. This activity brings more frequent swells and larger waves, and surfers always look forward to these conditions.