How we determine your surf level?

We don't categorize your surf level based solely on the number of times you've been surfing. Each person is unique, and progress depends on various factors. Therefore, our surf instructors must observe your surfing to evaluate your level. Only after that, can the instructors make conclusions about your skill level, recommend an appropriate board, and design a tailored training program. Nowadays, there are plenty of surf level hierarchies, but we prefer a simple three-level classification. Drawing on our extensive experience, here we provide definitions for the surf levels used in our surf school.

Why evaluate your surf level?

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. Moreover,  the wrong surfboard for training can make your investment a waste of money and slow down your progress in surfing. The professional advice of our surf instructors will help you to choose the right surfboard for your level.


1. Beginner level

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.  However, 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

beginner surf level

intermediate surf level

2. Advanced beginner/Intermediate level

 

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

Intermediate surfers can elevate their skills with our intermediate surf lessons covering maneuvers like bottom turns, top turns, and cutbacks. Certainly, the focus is on refining lineup positioning, mastering the timing of wave-catching, and enhancing wave selection.


Advanced surf level

3. Advanced level

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. Moreover, with extensive experience, they confidently surf in diverse surf conditions, including larger waves, faster breaks, and various types of breaks. Certainly, 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. Thanks to the level of coaching and experience of our surf instructors, we offer competition lessons where you can learn contest strategy, enhance your skills, and get ready to take part in national and international competitions.