“Even the greatest was once a beginner; don’t be afraid to take the first step.”

- Muhammad Ali -

Who is this course for?

We like to think that our online beginner surf course is so in-depth that even if you have no clue what surfing is, it will teach you everything you need to know. 

 We teach the fundamentals of surfing in our beginner surf course, so we also suggest it for beginner to intermediate surfers who want to set a good foundation with their surfing. 

Ultimately, this course is for you if you are a complete novice or if you are a beginner to intermediate surfer, but feel you lack base knowledge and are serious about surfing.

We recommend that you take the full course to set a solid foundation, but we have also made it possible to purchase each section individually.

What topics are covered in this course?

Surf History

Did you know that surfing is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, recorded pastimes that still exists today? The roots of surfing can be dated back to the 12th Century and span around the globe. Modern day surfing developed as the result of decades of traditions, innovations, voyages, and even controversies.

In our surf history course, we cover everything from the original founding of surfing, through the ways that surfing has culturally interacted with society over the years, and even the development of competitive and professional surfing.

We offer the history section completely free because we believe that in order to have an understanding of surfing, you need to understand the rich history behind the art of riding waves.

Mental and Physical Aspects of Surfing

Often overlooked, surfing can be both mentally and physically taxing. Sure surfing is fun, but how do you deal with those moments that get you down or physically prepare yourself so that you can surf your brains out?

We have done extensive research to bring you detailed breakdowns of how to deal with factors such as frustration, anxiety, and physical limitations that can inhibit your progress. 

Surfing is much more than a pastime – it is a way to reflect and relate life lessons. Much of the mental and physical components that are discussed in this section are transferable to any other pastime or activity you might engage in. 

Introduction to Surf Equipment

Knowing how to handle your equipment, both in and out of the water, will give you the confidence you need to walk down the beach, paddle out, and catch waves. 

In this section, we cover everything you need to know about the equipment and apparel used as a beginner to intermediate surfer. We also touch on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling your equipment in and out of the water 

In essence, if you have confidence in what you are doing with your equipment, that confidence will spill over into your surfing ability. Carry yourself with respect, and part of that is handling your equipment with respect.


Knowing ‘why’ you should or shouldn’t do something outweighs knowing ‘what’ it is that you are doing. Paddling the surfboard sounds easy enough, but there are nuances that make it easier or harder.

That may sound like code speak, so we will be straight. Paddling is 90% of surfing and in order to conserve energy, you should know how to be as efficient at paddling as possible. 

Having that efficiency doesn’t just come with practice, it comes with an understanding of how to be efficient. In this section of the course, we teach you how to paddle a surfboard and why you should paddle with the correct technique.

Pop Up

There are many ways to ‘skin a cat’ as they say. Everyone has a different idea of the ‘right way’ to pop up. Regardless of the right or wrong way, we teach the pop up in a comprehensive, easy to follow format. 

The pop up is a movement that you need to practice on land, so much so that by the time you go for a surf, it becomes habitual. Creating good habits starts with understanding the fundamentals. 

This section of the course not only teaches you how to pop up, but gives you a fundamental understanding of the body mechanics involved. So, if you make a mistake, you are able to understand the mistake you have made and have the tools to correct it.

Ocean Dynamics

Ocean dynamics, in the case of surfing, refers to how waves are created and the elements that affect the way they break. It is important to have a fundamental understanding of how waves are created and the conditions that impact how they break, in order to be able to catch them. 

This section covers an array of topics including how wind is created and how waves are created; as well as how elements such as tide, current, wind, and the bathymetry of the ocean floor affect the way they break. 

Reading and understanding waves is the most difficult part in surfing. It is much easier to understand waves if you are aware of all the underlying factors that have an effect on them.

Catching Waves

Reading and catching waves is arguably the hardest part in surfing and typically takes years of experience to master. All waves break similarly, and although they seem chaotic there is a definite pattern that can be found at each surf break. 

This section doesn’t only cover how to catch waves, but also covers how to analyze and predetermine what a wave is going to do before it breaks. Remember that reading waves is essential to catching them. Knowing that you are in the right place to catch them is 90% of the job. 

Did you know that if you were in the right place at the right time, you might not even need to paddle to catch a wave? The point we are trying to get across is: when it comes to missing waves, it is not about how well you can paddle, but about your ability to be in the right place at the right time.


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