Learn How to Surf the Grizzly Way

How to surf, How to repair boards, History of Surfing, How to Surflifestyle
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Learn How to Surf

Learn how to fix Dings

Learn surfing History


What are the requirements?

  • If you already own a surfboard you can use it throughout the course but it’s not required (I’ll explain how to choose and purchase a surfboard suited to your needs)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to pursue a surfing lifestyle
  • What surfers do in their err day life
  • How to learn surfing fast
  • Where to surf in San Diego and what board to bring
  • How yoga and surfing are the sweetest blend of gamja berry

What is the target audience?

  • This surfing course is meant for newbies who want to become familiar with the “pop-up”, “surfing lingo”, and “wave riding”. No prior surfing experience is needed. This course is probably not for you if you’re looking to learn more advanced and complex surfing techniques.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: You can call me Grizz
02:21

Welcome to surfing in San Diego! My name is James Hyatt and I am a local San Diego Native. I was born and raised about 30 minutes east of the Pacific Ocean and grew up going to the beach with friends and family. I really began my surfing career when I was a senior in high school. I played football for six years from middle school through high school and when I finished my last season of football I wanted to try a new sport. At the time one of my good friends Joe was an avid surfer and knew some good spots around San Diego to learn how to surf. I began going surfing with Joe about once a week and he would teach me paddling, getting into waves, and when the best times to go were. I didn't have my own surfboard when I began and so just borrowed the extra one that he had. I believe that this is a very common route that people take when getting into surfing and i'd just like to mention that it is okay to start off on whatever board you can get your hands on but you really want to get your hands on an 8ft foam board as soon as possible (we'll get more into this later). After working with the surfboard I had which was a 6'4" Almerick a step up shape for about 9 months I was getting really frustrated because I still could not properly paddle into, catch, pop up, and ride a wave. So feeling frustrated I went down to the local surf shop hanger 94 and talked to the boys about what I was doing wrong. Basically I was making the common mistake that almost 90% of new surfers make trying to learn how to surf on a surfboard that is too small and not floaty enough for them. The homies at the shop told me to sell the board that I had on Craigslist for as much as I could and then buy the biggest surfboard that I could find. After selling the board I had and buying a 9'6" California Nose Rider I finally began making some real progress. So anyways welcome to this online surf school and I look forward to helping you discover a new you out in the water.

Section 2: Oceanography
08:35
  1. Spot waves forming in the line up.
  2. Calculate whether the swell is from a small storm or large storm.
  3. Catch more waves and time your take off.
04:28
  1. Offshore conditions, how does it affect the breaking waves?
  2. Onshore conditions, how does it affect the breaking waves?
  3. Blown Out conditions, how does it affect the breaking waves?
06:11
  1. Calculate wind swell or ground swell.
  2. Recognize sets, periods, and lulls.
  3. Catch more waves.
01:44
  1. Spot High tides & Low tides
  2. Predict wave shape & form based on tide level.
  3. Talk about Low tide vs High tide differences and similarities.
00:57
  1. Spot Rip Currents and gain access to the outside.
  2. Spot the Longshore Current and figure out where it will take you.
  3. Court the Currents and determine the best place to surf.

Did you know that you are surrounded by currents every day? Air currents, wave currents, and light currents. Good thing that when we surf we only have to worry about two different types of currents. The longshore and rip current. The longshore will pull you along the shore and the rip will pull you just outside the breaking waves. There are two ways to escape or utilize the rip currents. 1) paddle parallel to the beach north or south then catch the waves in. 2) let the rip current take you out past the breaking waves, then paddle over to the waves with the current and ride one in. Pay attention to how strong the north or south current is and plan your entry and exit of the water skillfully.

03:21
  1. Spot Longshore Currents.
  2. Spot Rip Currents
  3. Escape the Grip of the Rip and use the current to your advantage*

Did you know that you are surrounded by currents every day? Air currents, wave currents, and light currents. Good thing that when we surf we only have to worry about two different types of currents. The longshore and rip current. The longshore will pull you along the shore and the rip will pull you just outside the breaking waves. There are two ways to escape or utilize the rip currents. 1) paddle parallel to the beach north or south then catch the waves in. 2) let the rip current take you out past the breaking waves, then paddle over to the waves with the current and ride one in. Pay attention to how strong the north or south current is and plan your entry and exit of the water skillfully.

Activity: Look up on your local weather forecast and see what the daily wind patterns are like and which way they are blowing. Also, search google for the water current patterns of your closest beach.

Section 3: Ocean Creatures
06:08
  1. Define the creature that patrol the San Diego waters.
  2. Behave properly among sea life.
  3. Keep the ocean clean for our ancestors.

Stingrays, sharks, and jellies, oh my! The creatures of the not so deep are among us… Did you know that jellies that travel in a group are called a “smack”? In this lecture we cover first aid for stingray and jellyfish stings. We talk about San Diego sharks (sand and leopard) and how their mouths are on the bottom of their mouth. Nothing to worry about. Grizzly tells two stories about his hands and feet sliced up by fins and being shark chum in the water. We cover seals and sea lions their behavior and not to touch them. We teach you the stingray shuffle for maximum protection against stings.

Section 4: Surf Gear
05:28

Choose your Surfboard type & tail shape.

Surfboards: Did you know that most beginner surfers usually get held up by a GUN!? Okay, not a real gun, but a surfboard gun. This type of board seems good… Its long, has a shape similar to a shortboard, and looks really cool. However, its totally and completely the wrong board for a beginner.

Novices should begin with an 8-10ft foam board. If you are in the USA you can get a $100 Wave Storm surfboard from costco or sam’s club. This board will most likely float you <200lbs, it has little rocker (easier to catch waves), a 3 fin set up, stomp pad, and is perfect for the beginner surfer, and you can even wax it.

18:06

This is the video for this section. The other lectures have non-video helpful resources for now.

Section 5: Technique
08:41

How to Pop-up on your board.

This is one of the most important lectures in this course. Getting down the pop-up will be the key to your surfing success. First align your body on the surfboard. Your spine is like the stringer on the surfboard, your toes hanging off the back of the tail. Paddle then hands back by your ribs lift your chest in an upward dog pose then slide your legs up underneath you lining up your feet so that the tape is cutting both of your feet in half. Once on your feet, continue to hold on to the rails, 9if not on the board) keep your hands on the ground. Make sure your behind is low like sitting in a small chair. Once balanced shift your weight on your backlit then arms up and ready to pump. There is another variation of the pop-up called “the chicken wing” with this style the rider pops out their back leg and places the back heel on the board as a pivoting point to throw their front leg. once the front leg is up, then the rest is the same.

Parts of the Wave
05:51
06:41
  1. Spot the line-up and find your position paddling out.
  2. Wait your turn and be accepted into the line-up.
  3. NEVER get run into or hit by following this one secret TIP.
Section 6: Conclusion
Thank You & See you on the OUTSIDE!
00:49

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Instructor Biography

James Hyatt, Grizzly Surf Coach

Riding waves is the most thrilling activity this world has to offer. I help people experience that feeling. My name is James Hyatt aka (Grizzly) and I am from Southern California, San Diego. I work at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center as a full time surf instructor and help newbie surfers learn the skills of surfing. My passion is seeing people catch waves for the first time and the excitement of sharing that out of this world moment with them. Our facility teaches over 650+ students how to surf EVERY semester. We understand the trials and tribulations of beginning surfing and can help you accelerate through the surfing learning curve to get you up and shredding faster. I am so excited to bring the sunny san diego classroom to you via udemy, get to know you personally, and teach you how to surf. Aloha for now and we'll be talking soon:)

Instructor Biography

Johnny Fay, Grizzly Surf Coach

My name is Johnny Fay! I've been surfing most of my life. Born and raised in Southern Virginia I surfed longboards for the first 10 years of my surfing career. I value the classics and really wanted to master the art of noseriding before I progressed to shorter boards. Now that I've accomplished that goal I am surfing shortboards and working on my more technical maneuvers. I work with Steen & Grizzly every day teaching surfing and enjoying the surf myself.

Instructor Biography

Kris Keogh, Grizzly Surf Coach

Hey! My name is Steen. I was born and raised in Ohio. It wasn't until about six years ago that I moved to San Diego. Once I did my life really began to blossom. I learn about cali burritos, the beach, and most importantly SURFING. Ever since my first drop in i've been hooked. Once I mastered the fundamentals of surfing I became a surf instructor helping those around me garner the passion for surfing like I did. Now I basically surf every single day. I work with Johnny Fay and Grizzly and am excited to bring our real world knowledge about surfing to you. I hope you enjoy all the lessons and get pitted.

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