Please post shoutouts for your favorite instructors, or reasons why some surfing lessons did not meet your expectations. If you give surf instruction, please post a little about yourself.
I’d like to make a big shoutout to Doug Silva. I’ve had the chance to work with Doug twice, the first time for just a day and the second time for a week. Both times I learned a ton, in addition to enjoying my time spent with Doug. Not only did Doug really help my surfing, but he worked with Matt Kinoshita of Kazuma Surfboards to tune up my gear to my size, ability, and waves that I surf. My enjoyment of shortboard surfing has gone up huge after the lessons and gear switch.
Doug is so helpful that I’ve created a category for him on TalkSurf:
I’d like to make an honorable mention of superstar instructor to Kiva Rivers. Kiva’s never been a formal coach, but he’s given me many great tips, and my friends love taking lessons with Kiva every time they visit Maui.
Other instructors to consider include:
Doug and I at Turtle Bay, Jan 2014.