What Level Surfer Are You?

Being able to communicate your current skill and experience to us before you arrive at Surf Simply allows us to plan your week of coaching to maximise your progress. “Intermediate” can mean anything from a few days, to a few decades of surfing, so instead we use the level 1-4 system. When you’re here, you’ll be learning along side one or two other surfers who are at the same level as you. We never mix ability levels within groups. Here is a summary of which skills are specific to each level.

  • Level 1 – beginners and also surfers who need to learn carving, accelerating and the functional stance in the white water.
  • Level 2 – starting to catch unbroken waves with the help of an in-water coach and attempting to surf across the face.
  • Level 3 – consistently catching and trimming down the line in unbroken waves up to head high, without an in-water coach.
  • Level 4 – comfortably catching over head waves without the assistance of an in water coach, and also performing cutbacks and floaters in smaller surf.




Level 1 Surfing

Level one surf lessons are all done in friendly and forgiving white water waves, so you’ll never be out of your depth. You’ll learn how to select and catch waves unassisted; how to stall and accelerate the board; the difference between trimming and carving turns; and the functional stance which will allow you to perform big turns and also to drop into steep waves later on.




Level 2 Surfing

Level 2 surfers can comfortably stand on the board and are focusing on catching unbroken wave. So you’ll learn to paddle through the white water efficiently and safely; learn about binary and dynamic wave selection; work on agility and prediction drills in the line up; understand etiquette and know how to confidently and safely deal with any situation which may present itself to you.




Level 3 Surfing

Level 3 surfers can comfortably catch unbroken waves without assistance and so the most productive coaching is done with the video camera from the beach. This means you can see what you are doing one the face of the wave. We start with learning to find the fastest line then how, why and when to perform horizontal carving changes of direction (cutbacks). Next it’s about climbing on top of breaking sections (floaters).




Level 4 Surfing

Level four video coaching is about performing committed maneuvers, in the critical part of the wave, with speed power and flow. We establish which areas of your surfing are the limiting factor. Then you’ll learn which skills are relevant to you so you can break your free surfs up into productive bite sized drills. The aim is that you will leave being able to fault find and self coach by watching video of yourself in future.