A mate of mine (who has been surfing for 30 odd years) has been reading. Apparently his latest book is suggesting that surf schools are just a money grabbing franchise that just try and get you to stand up on a big floaty block of foam, then charge you more to unlearn that and relearn how to control a board.
The theory is that in the early days of surfing, the kids started on wooden body boards and learnt the skills of catching waves, reading waves, knowing where the power in the wave is, sea safety and control. then as they got better they progressed up from short boards to long boards.
now a surf instructor i saw in Hong Kong (self taught) said that he encourages people to just surf and control the board staying prone for the first few times, then when you can control board, then work on standing.
what's everybodys thoughts?
do i pay out for some improver lessons, of wrap up my board and get on the bodyboard?!?!?!