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One hardly needs to be told that surf education is in a bad spot. Any seasoned surfer who has seen the groups of instructors and students preparing to paddle out knows the feeling of dread that accompanies such a sight as one braces for potential chaos on the inside, drop-ins, and worse.
To many, the “surf school” has come to represent amusement rather than education. Instead of taking the time to hammer in the basics such as paddling technique, board control, and etiquette, students are rushed ahead to the finish line of standing up because that’s the experience they’ve been taught to expect. And that’s a problem, because students who don’t build a base of fundamentals won’t have the skills to surf themselves, but often try, earning the scorn of surfers around them who prefer to watch and laugh rather than help.