Authentic Surf Instruction for Metropolitan Human Beings
Monday, October 22, 2012
Epic Week and Plans for a Surf Camp in CR
Saturday was perfect.
Things are finally settling back down, but only slightly, just enough to speed up again. The whirlwind week of surfing with Derek Hynd ended with a trip back out to Long Island, another to New Jersey and the last was for a lesson in the Rockaways. The highly successful surf meetup happened in the in-between. And this reminds me that I still owe you all that write up on the importance of surf buddies. I can only promise it will come as soon as I've nailed about 60 other pages of writing. I mentioned at the meet up that I will be running a camp in Costa Rica in January. I am now working on the details of cost, accommodations, capacity, and dates. I can assure you it will be after January 4th. It's a plan I've hatched up with my brother who has also been teaching lessons using my method for the past six years. As some of you know, he and I own a nice piece of land in Uvita, Costa Rica called Rancho DiAndrew. We have cabins on the land and a main house. There is tons of wildlife and waterfalls in walking distance to the property. He cooks up some amazing grub, some of the produce for which is grown directly on the property. We're working on rounding up a bevvy of boards right now. This camp is not going to be one of those identical softtop and rashguard affairs. We are going to have a variety of boards so that people can figure out what suits them best. We might even be selling some back to students if they just happen to click with one (this is a plan I am also hatching here in New York—I want to start getting different lesson boards and selling to students). We will also continue developing ocean knowledge and lineup awareness. So yeah Conatus Surf Academy at Rancho DiAndrew is in the works! Warm water and an authentic surf trip vibe. Stay tuned.
I teach private surf lessons year round. I am based out of Long Beach and Brooklyn. I specialize in private one-on-one beginner lessons and on intermediate surf coaching. My goal is to provide beginners and intermediates with all of the crucial skills needed to pursue surfing as a life-long activity. If you are looking for a place to just say that you stood up on a board, this is not the place. I give a comprehensive overview of ocean knowledge, lineup etiquette, and paddling techniques. I am realistic about the time it takes to become a proficient surfer and try my hardest to provide you with the essential information you need to start making your way. My lessons are more expensive than the average outfit, but I truly believe that one lesson from me is worth at least three with other schools, and even then you still may not learn anything applicable from them, as they are more focused on the tourist season and getting people to just have had the feeling of "riding on a wave". I teach 7 days a week. To schedule a lesson simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All lessons are subject to rescheduling based up on weather and wave conditions. -Dion