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“Excellent learning experience”
Review of VB Surf Sessions

VB Surf Sessions
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "Virginia's #1 Surf School" - We're a professional Surf School, offering the best options and prices for: Surf Lessons, Surf Camps, Stand Up Paddleboard Tours, Kayak Tours, Board Rentals, Bike Rentals, and more!
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I decided to take one of my 'bucket list' items off the list and booked myself into a group session. All I can say is it was completely enjoyable and excellent learning experience. I would book again and would recommend this surf school to anyone. I decided to book with VB because they offered an excellent value - 2 hr session as opposed to 1 hr sessions offered by other surf schools and the fact that they included a comprehensive learning experience which included a good 40 min talk at the start before we even got in the water about the ocean, dangers with tides and currents, how waves are formed, surfer etiquette and of course how to surf. I now can truly say that I understand riptides, how waves are formed, understand the challenges of paddling out to the surf and how to stay safe. I booked the session when the sun finally came out after the effects of Henry had eased on Virginia beach but surfing can also be done in bad weather as well (because that is when the surf is good). I am older but I would recommend learning to surf to all ages. My session had only 2 participants, me and a young girl from New Jersey. We had 2 excellent instructors (Kyle and Chuck) and they were extremely knowledgeable and experienced surfers and were able to answer all my questions. Their goal was to help me succeed and feel confident in the water which they succeeded. Obviously you should be a good swimmer but it is not a necessity. The session was easy to book at VB's main location on, I think, Mediterrian Ave. Best way is to book in advance (I just booked 24 hrs ahead). VB supplies everything you need and can rent you anything you need from 1 day to a week if that is how long you are staying. My family stayed right in the heart of the strip and getting to the beach where the sessions were offered was a short 5 min drive. The address 899 Vanderbilt is a beach located to the south of the strip, it is very nice and has a good surf break for beginners (not too big or dangerous). I would suggest bringing a snack, drinks and extra sun screen to reapply as there is not really anything on the beach in this area. Surfing is a challenge and an excellent work out and even though I was exhausted when we were done, I left with a smile on my face. Believe me, 2hrs will be more than enough for your first time. Thanks VB for the excellent experience and I feel confident that I in the future I can pass the knowledge I learned about surfing and the ocean I will be able to pass onto my teens and will help me keep them safe anytime we visit an ocean. Any questions - drop me an email.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

I'm 42 years-old and I thought it could be dificult to learn how to surf at this age...
Completely wrong.
Brandon was my instructor and he was friendly and patient. Actually, with his help I caught some waves at the very first lesson.
I highly recommend this site to anyone who wants to learn how to surf.
The lessons are given in very nice beach (Croatan Beach), with restrooms, showers and a parking lot.
Surfing is really adicting.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Felipe_Imamura
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Our four kids (ages 17, 15, 13, 11) had their first surf lesson today with VB Surf Sessions and loved it! They can't wait to get back out on the water and try it on their own. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Quest193646
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Best part of my trip bar none. Brandon was our guide so knowledgeable and pleasant enjoyed it immensely. Saw a few dolphins, tons of herons, egrets and even a bald eagle. Would definitely do again and would highly recommend

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank maryfaithroell
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

I highly recommend this site to anyone who wants to learn how to surf. We booked a lesson for our ten year old son yesterday and they had him up on the first wave! He is now hooked on surfing......hasn't stopped talking about it yet! Safety was paramount as conditions were a bit rough yesterday but there was additional staff to ensure everyone's safety. My son's instructor was fabulous!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Suzanne B
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