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You hardly need to be told that surf education is in bad shape. Any seasoned surfer who has seen the groups of instructors and students prepare to paddle knows the feeling of dread that accompanies such a sight as one prepares for potential indoor chaos, falls and worse. Again.
For many, “surf school” has become entertainment rather than education. Instead of taking the time to hammer out the basics such as paddling technique, board control and etiquette, students are rushed to the finish line of getting up because that is the experience to they have learned to expect. And that’s a problem, because students who don’t build a basic base won’t have the skills to surf themselves, but often try, earning the scorn of surfers around them who would rather watch and laugh than ‘to help.