There is still plenty of time to hit the beach and ride some waves this summer, so don’t let the fact that you have never been on a surfboard stop you. At Locals Surf School in the Rockaways, owners and life-time wave jumpers Mike Reinhardt and Mike Kololyan have been teaching an array of students for three years, every day, even in the winter. “Surfing is fun whether you are a pro or a total beginner,” said Reinhardt. So why wait? Learn to Hang Ten now.
What to Expect: Never been on a surfboard? No problem. The daily surf classes are open to all, from first-timers to folks who want to refresh their skills. One nice perk: No matter how many people show up, each two-hour course features one educator per three people. Not only that, but all the teachers are National Surf Schools and Instructors Association-certified, grew up riding the waves of New York and are current or former lifeguards. In other words, you’re in good hands. The class covers different surf techniques, surf etiquette and how to handle yourself and the board in the water. “In just one class, everyone has a great time and about 99 percent are able to get up and ride a wave,” said Reinhardt. “But, to be honest, though it looks easy, it does take a long time to learn.” For that reason, they suggest signing up for at least five courses before you go out on your own. Until then, they have the support, surfboards and wetsuits all ready for you.
Price: $80 for one class, $350 for five
When: Head to the Rockaways for the daily 9am or 11:15am class; on the weekends, they also have a third option at 1:30pm.
Where: Beach 67th Street, on the beach in the Rockaways, Queens. Call or email to make a reservation, 347-752 -2728, localssurfschool.com.
What to Bring: You can bring your own gear, but they do provide a surfboard and wetsuit.