How can you determine your level?

We don't categorize your surfing level based only on the number of times you've been in the water. Each person is unique, and progress depends on various factors. Thus, surf instructors need to see you in the water to evaluate your level. Only after that, instructors can make a conclusion about your level, adequate board for you, and training program. With our extensive experience, we can attempt to provide definitions for the most commonly used names.

Why is it important?

Understanding your surf level is crucial for a safe and enjoyable surfing experience. It helps you choose suitable waves, equipment, and locations, ensuring that you can progress and have fun while staying within your capabilities. Whether you're a beginner learning the basics or an intermediate surfer seeking more significant challenges, knowing your surf level guides you toward the right waves and helps build a foundation for continuous improvement.

Please don’t ignore our tips for picking the right equipment. It’s very easy to choose the wrong surfboard. Many people do exactly that. The wrong surfboard for training can make your investment a waste of money and slow down your progress. The professional advice of our surf instructors will help you to choose the right surfboard for your level.

1. Beginners

If you've never surfed before or have had a few surf lessons, you are considered a complete beginner. Similarly, if you've been surfing for some time, made some surf trips or attended surf camps, managed to stand up on the board, and caught small waves independently, you still fall into the beginner category.

Start with the basics of water safety, the correct technique of stand-up, paddling, and wave selection. As safety is our priority, our lessons for beginners are held on soft boards. For those with some prior experience, we dive into a deeper understanding of surfing conditions, refining wave selection, correcting mistakes and bad habits, and progressing to turns and riding waves in both left and right directions

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2. Advanced beginners/Intermediate surfers


On the other hand, if you've been surfing for a while, possess some knowledge about surfing conditions and positioning on the lineup, try to select waves, understand right and left waves, follow surf etiquette rules, can catch and ride small waves, you are classified as an advanced beginner or intermediate surfer.

Intermediate surfers can elevate their skills with advanced lessons covering maneuvers like bottom turns, top turns, and cut-backs. The focus is on refining lineup positioning, mastering the timing of wave-catching, and enhancing wave selection.

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3. Advanced surfers

An advanced surfer is a highly skilled and proficient surfer, showing great performance in riding different types of waves. They excel in executing advanced maneuvers like bottom turns, cutbacks, top turns, barrels, etc. With extensive experience, they confidently surf diverse surf conditions, including larger waves, faster breaks, and various types of breaks. Advanced surfers possess a deep understanding of surf conditions, use different surfboards effectively, adhere to surf etiquette, and consistently demonstrate a high level of performance in the water. We offer competition lessons where you can learn contest strategy, enhance your skills, and get ready to take part in national and international competitions.