Level 3 - Independent Surf Courses
Improve your spot analysis and wave reading skills. Develop surfing technique and confidence with video coaching. Boost water safety; get comfortable surfing independently.
Who is this course for?
- This level is designed for those of you that have passed our level 2 and or can catch waist high green waves on your own and surf frontside and backside. You’re not yet confident in head high waves on your own but we’ll surf easy reefs, point and beach breaks and provide you with all the knowledge you need to feel confident to surf most breaks on your own. Focusing on entry and exit from the break, surf etiquette and which peak is the best for your level of surfing.
What will I be learning?
- We’ll go through everything you need to know in order to catch larger waves, and do basic manoeuvres. By now you should be able to go both right and left on a wave, which means that it’s time to incorporate some small manoeuvres. You’ll learn the different techniques, and the instructors will give you personal feedback on the things you need to work on.
What kind of waves will I be surfing?
- During this course you’ll learn to be comfortable in a bit overhead conditions, and we’ll always be looking for the waves where we can have the best progress and most fun. Your instructor will take you to the best suited spot in the area each day, that being reef, point and beach breaks.
- The lineup
- In this course you become more confident in the lineup. There are many factors to think about in the lineup,let alone being able to catch a wave. We’ll go through what you’ll need to learn to be able to have a better time when you’re out in the lineup, so you’ll catch loads of waves and have a great time yourself and with the other surfers around you.
Surf safety, surf etiquette & priority rules
- By now you know how important it is to read the ocean before jumping in and to follow the written and unwritten rules of surfing. It’s now crucial to always know where to enter the surf spot so you don’t get hurt, where does the rips run (knowing this is everything), how to do a good duck dive, where to paddle out in the lineup so no one runs you over because you are in the way, and know when it’s your turn to catch a wave. These are just a few things we will go through in this course. By knowing this you won’t hurt anyone else or yourself, you will be much more confident and catch plenty of more waves.
- You now know how important it’s knowing the factors of the ocean, how the rips are running, how the tides are working, the waves, weather and conditions. We’ll refresh all this and give you a lesson on how to read the different types of swell charts of the spots we’re surfing on this course. This will teach you to know when to surf different type of spots to what time – both around the camp, but also on your home location if you want any help with this.
- Again, by now you know it’s not just to grab a board and jump in the water and surf. You need to do a lot of preparations checking the swell charts, going to different spots and see how they behave. Swell charts are good, but they are not always spot on with their forecast. That’s why you always have to check the spot before you jump in, a good thing is to check how surfers that are already out there manage the conditions – do they catch a lot of waves? Is the current strong so it’s hard to be on the take off spot? All this is key information knowing before you get out there and we’ll take you through all this in this course.
- The coach will mostly be in the water to help and guide you to make the right choices. The coach will see to that all of you in the group gets all the knowledge you need. She / he has to be 100% sure that you as a guest have understood and learned all the things that we go through on this course.
- There are many types of boards for different types of waves and levels of a surfer. You’ll get individual info on regarding what type and size of board you should use on different type of waves. Some waves are soft and you might need something wider and with a lot of volume, others are more steep and powerful and you might need more rocker but still with good volume under the chest to get easy into the waves. We have a variety of boards at the camps, so you can test different equipment to find what you should be using.
Get comfortable in up to head high waves on your own
- The goal for this course is for you to be able to get secure and comfortable on your own in head high surf on different type of breaks; from reef, point or beach breaks. We will also help you with the basic technique on bottom turn, trimming, manoeuvres, duck dive and more.
- The language of surfing; face, down the line, speed, bottom turn, trimming, pocket / power source, lefts / rights, crowd, cut backs etc.
Board control in the lineup
- We will polish on your paddle technique, how you move in a lineup, and how you sit and swing around when a set comes. All this is key to catch a lot of waves in the lineup, especially when it’s you and 30 other surfers out there.
The duck dive
- This needs to be good so you don’t lose a lot of energy on extra paddling. You’ll get a few tips on how to do the duck dive as good as possible.
- If this is not 100% correct you might lose that perfect right hander that you see rolling away in front of you because you were a bit slow and had the wrong weight on the heels when jumping on the board. The same goes for the timing: you need to be in the perfect spot and pop up in the perfect moment in order to set up the wave. If you’re too far in, you might get the lip in the back, and unless you are a really good surfer, you’re not gonna be able to get back to the open face. Maybe you’re too far out and you end up not catching the wave. We will work on all these aspects on this course.
- We will film at least one session, so you get some visual feedback. The camera doesn’t lie, and is one of the best tools to become a better surfer.
What is the difference between level 2 and 3?
The level 2 course is meant as an introduction to the lineup and green waves. The goal is to be able to surf both right and left, while you on level 3 concentrate more on different manoeuvres. In level 3 you’ll also surf up to head high waves.