A Surfing Lesson, On Hermosa Beach

Students Set Out For A Lesson
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Four of five students followed the lesson coach (far left) out to the part of the beach without rocks under the water.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:25:45 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2419
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Final Student And Photographer Followed
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The fifth student, the second coach and the team naturalist photographer followed close behind.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:25:53 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2420
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Board Tips Were Buried
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The tips of the boards were buried in the sand to prevent them blowing over during the lesson.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:26:44 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2422
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Practice Boards Were Drawn
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The coach drew practice surf boards in the sand. These would be used to teach the technique of standing on a board.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:27:26 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2424
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The Coach Described What Would Be Taught
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One of the coaches (left) described to the group what would be taught first.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:29:12 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2426
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Preparation Continued
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While the English speaking coach described the lesson ahead, the Spanish speaking coach finished drawing the practice boards in sand.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:31:01 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TC1_0902
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Practice Falling
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Practice falls were used to determine which foot was the natural lead foot.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:32:00 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2427
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The Center Of Balance
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The center of balance of the board was pointed out to the group.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:34:14 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2429
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Miniature Board
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A miniature board drawn in sand was used to describe the proper leg placement when first lying on the board.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:59 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2430
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Coach Demonstrated On A Drawn Board
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The coach laid on a drawn board to show how to center yourself for proper balance.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:45 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2432
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The Steps Of Standing Were Described
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The English speaking coach described the technique of standing up on a board.


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Step One: Rise To Your Knees
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The first step to stand on a board was to force your torso up using your arms so that your hands remain on the board but you are now on your knees.


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Step Two: Move Lead Foot Forward
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The second step to stand on a board was to move your lead foot forward to rest even with your hands. The lead foot was the one naturally extended when you stop yourself from falling.


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Step Three: Twist And Rise To Your Feet
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The third step to stand on a board was to rotate and stand smoothly to a balanced position. Note that the feet are now equally distant from the board's balance point, thereby balancing the board.


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The Students Practice Standing
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The students are then allowed to practice the same technique to stand. Practice was on the drawn boards first.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:42:33 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2446
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Students Illustrate Step Two
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The students rise to their knees and bring their lead foot forward, thereby completing step two.


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A Successful Stand.
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Students successfully demonstrated they could stand on the pretend boards drawn in sand.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:44:08 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2455
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Individual Tips
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The English speaking coach gave each student individual tips to clarify the technique of standing and balancing.


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The Students Were Ready
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The students had successfully completed practice and looked forward to the real boards.


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A Real Board To Demonstrate
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A real board was carried out to the water so that the coach could demonstrate on water.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:55:19 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2464
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Balance Was Again Demonstrated
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The coach placed the board into the low surf and demonstrated again the balance points on the board.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:55:42 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2465
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Coaches Went Out
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The coaches took their boards out so that they could demonstrate on actual waves.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:56:37 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2468
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Coaches Paddled In
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The coach paddled to catch a wave so he could demonstrate how to stand.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:57:22 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2472
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Students Ready For Real Boards
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The students, having completed land-side training, picked up their boards to try their lessons on water.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:59:08 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2473
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Students Headed Into The Surf
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Having completed training on land, the students carried their boards out into the constantly breaking surf.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:59:57 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2486
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Huge Ocean, Small Students
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The students were dwarfed by the size of the ocean into which they ventured to practice surfing.


The Surfing Lesson   •  Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)   •  Near San Juan Del Sur external link Nicaragua external link   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 November 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:01:04 Monday 21 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_2488
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Practice On The Ocean Began
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Practice began on the actual ocean surface.


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