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Beginner Surfing Lessons in Bidart: adults and children

You want to discover surfing in the best conditions between Saint Jean de Luz, Guéthary and Bidart. Our instructor guides you, transports you, coaches you and films you on the best spot of the moment.

Individual or small group lessons for a maximum of 8 people. Fabrice, your surf instructor for more than 10 years, supervises you in the water for personalized advice and maximum safety throughout the surfing course.

The surfboards are adapted to your level, age (from 6 years old) and template for more safety and comfort in order to facilitate your learning. All our equipment is checked (new or in very good condition) and the suits rinsed and disinfected after each use are adapted to your comfort (man/woman) and your needs (long 4/3 or short 3/2). All the equipment is provided: surfboard, leash, wax and summer or winter wetsuit.

All you need is a towel, a bathing suit and sunscreen (bring a snack for the children). Transportation is free and provided from your home or various meeting points.
A Surfing course in Bidart: all the steps

1. Warming up and understanding the waves

Since it is important to warm up well before exercising to avoid injuries, each class starts with a Body-Surf session. At first with foam boards for beginners, then later in the waves, without a board, just with his body. Body surfing is the basis and essence of surfing.

Cours de Surf débutant - bodysurf
It is a matter of sliding only with your body at first, first propelling yourself into the mosses, then throwing yourself with fins on the waves and sliding on your body, arm and bare hand equipped with a very small board for the most experienced.
For beginners who are progressing in the foams (wave having already broken), this discipline allows you to warm up initially, but also to take information about the environment:
– the water temperature,
– the height of the water under the waves,
– the presence or not of current, its meaning, the force
– the force of the waves
– if the site is well adapted for surfing (sand, rock…)

2. Standing on the waves with a surfboard

After having understood how to take the mosses and slide on your stomach, it is time to find your board on the sand. For the first class, the beginner comes to stand up and define which foot he positions behind, already to know if he will be rather left-handed (goofy) or right-handed (regular), but also to fix his leash (rope that connects him to his board).
Once this step is completed, the student will come to lie down on his board in order to position himself on it and adopt the right position. Too much behind him he will brake too much, too much in front he will plant his board and fall. It is therefore essential to know how to position yourself correctly lying down to have the best control of your board and therefore of your glide.

Cours de Surf Bidart, redressement sur la planche de surf
After some safety explanations for yourself and others on how to grab your board, it is time to go into the water to apply the first part: the foaming and sliding. At first the instructor positions you and gives you the waves, then gradually he makes you autonomous.


Once this exercise is assimilated, return to the beach to work on the recovery (learn to stand up). At the beginning it is important to understand which position you should have when standing:-
– the position of your feet
– leg spacing
– knee flexion
– the position of the arms and bust
– the look


Then comes the learning of the gesture. There’s no point in wanting to go too fast and do what the pros do. The acquisition of movement comes through repetition and not through speed of execution. Especially since at first your arms are not used to this effort and you can quickly exhaust yourself. Better your focus on technique over strength.

Once the exercise is understood and assimilated on the beach, it is time for the last instructions and to put the recovery into practice in the foams. At first, the instructor positions you on your board, gives you the wave and the time to get up (timing).
Gradually it makes you autonomous so that you can repeat the exercise on your foams by yourself.

3. Slide with your surfboard

Once the course has passed from straightening in the foams, the instructor propels you into the waves. The synchronization of the train and the straightening on the wave is then your next challenge. It often results in a decrease in the size of the board, so that you can then start working on the front (frontside) and backside direction. Then will come the speed management to execute the first manoeuvres (cutback, roller, floater, aerial,…) as I hope your first tube (barrel).

4. Do a surfing course in Bidart….

… in order to repeat the recovery in the wave!
It is important to ensure that the lying and straightening position is well assimilated before each launch because it is through repetition that progress is made, so it is important not to repeat mistakes. Do not hesitate to take markings on your board (position of the elongated hands and the elongated and standing foot).
Start with a large stable board with little speed to be able to reduce its volume and then go faster.

Wanting to go too fast at the beginning is often a source of failure and frustration.

Cours de Surf Bidart - apprendre à se lever