Of course when you in Bali, seeing the surfers riding the wave you soon realise that coming from the UK surfing is luxury only available to you if you live in the South East. We soon realise that learning to surf had to be a must do and trying out one of these surf schools promising that we will surf during our first lesson or the next lesson free. Of course we know we would only surf a few feet standing on the board but it would be good enough for us.
Staying in Legian meant that I had a choice of two surf schools near to the hotel we were staying at. The Quicksilver surf school was cheaper but I went to talk to the surf coach, he came across as rude, arrogant and is English was poor. I went to him to check that he spoke English to an acceptable standard as any lesson would not be much use to me if I cannot understand the instructor.
This meant I ended up booking with Rip Curl, they charged more although I managed to barter them down a bit and I was happy with their level of English.
The next day we had the lesson for me and my daughter. We strolled to the base, got changed, put on the sun block and they gave us the surf boards. This is when I got my first surprised. You see all the surfers with their swanky surfboards but they gave us these massive boards that we had to drag to the beach.
Once we all got to the beach, we had to do some warming up before the instructor and his team demonstrated the basics of surfing. There is a lot of visual demonstration so it’s not all talk talk. We first learn how to take the board safely out to sea, how to body board, and then learn the importance of the stance. The reason why the boards are as big as it’s easier to balance. It was all rather tiring as taking a big board out to sea took effort and my knees were beginning to graze.
Finally we had to go out to the sea, start on boards with our body and then stand up and surf even if it’s for a few seconds. As these surf schools tend to promise that the next session is free, the instructors and the assistants will be in the sea to help you, if you seem to be struggling, you will get intensive tuition until you can stand up and surf.
A few managed to stand up and surf quicker than others. An Austrian gentleman in our group seemed to be a natural but he later admitted he had surfed before many years ago.
By the end of the session we were all rather shattered but elated that we did manage to stand up and surf for a bit. To take the most of it you need to take follow up courses, something we did not do as we just wanted a taste of it. Rip Curl is not the cheapest, but I felt satisfied with their lesson.
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