I progressed rather quickly for a beginner surfer but after a few months I really didn't seem to be getting any better. I heard about Locals through a Sandy Fundraiser in NYC and decided to start taking lessons from them. Honestly, the best decision I've made in regards to my surfing! Mike and Mike are both excellent teachers and have helped me advance in all aspects of the sport.
What really puts Locals apart from other surf schools I've taken lessons at is the way they give all of their students the individual attention they need based on their skill level. They do a great job with teaching absolute beginners as well as intermediate and advanced surfers. I recommend anyone interested in surfing or improving to take lessons from the Mikes! Not only are these guys excellent surfers in their own right but they're great teachers who are extremely patient, respectful, and super motivating.
When you learn a sport as an adult it is so much harder, as it is not instinctual behavior. I am a pretty athletic girl but surfing kicks my butt. I've been surfing for two years, the more I do it, the more I love it and want to get better. I find surf training through my progress and challenges is huge, every time I get on water with Mike K. or Mike R. I learn something that sticks with me, helps me get better, smarter and makes me smile. This spring/summer we'll be working on the next level, actually riding the waves and yes! extreme paddling :) Rock on!!
Thanks Locals for always giving me an awesome surfy makeover. xx
We surf with these guys! We love them!! And want to be them!! They are amazing people and instructors! And that's founders Mike R., Mike K., and all of the instructors we've encountered since beginning to surf with them in the summer of 2015.
If you're considering taking surf lessons in NYC, and you googled around, you probably came up with a short list of schools to pick from. And although I started surfing with a different school at Rockaway Beach, I am here to tell you why you should not make that mistake and instead take all your lessons at Locals Surf School.
Mike R. & Mike K. of Locals Surf School always advocate for surfing smart and safe. Learning their approach and overall philosophy to surfing has helped me a lot in my growth as a surfer. They are very talented individuals and easy going guys, a lesson with Locals Surf School is not to be missed!
They happily accommodated my request, and the rest is history! After I caught my first wave I was hooked! I continued taking lessons from the Mike's and team until October, then was able to venture to Central America in early March to further my new found surfing skills. They are patient and fun and emanate love and respect for the sport as well as the desire for you to have FUN!
Mike R., on the other hand, challenges me physically and mentally. From physical water drills (think of wax-on wax-off Miyagi style) to critical observation drills of the wind, the water, and surroundings. He will not lecture at you, but make you think critically which is extremely important as I do have to learn to rely on myself while out in the water. He's also taught me the most important lesson in the water - not to forget to have fun! One learns best while having fun
Mike K. and Mike R. have built something special in Locals Surf School. Not only do they have a strong arsenal of instructors and an outstanding school, but they have created a fun and supportive community around them.
If you're looking for surfing lessons as a total beginner or wanting to advance what you already know look no further. I have had lessons at other places in the North East and in Costa Rica but Locals is by far the best of what I have experienced. They have a system of teaching that is structured and systematic so that you learn fast and have fun from the very beginning.
I can go on and on and still, words are not enough. Just trust me when I say- GET OUT THERE WITH LOCALS AND SURF!! (I also have to shout out John Reinhardt & Mike Dier for their pointers while in Nicaragua as well!) Thank you Mike(s) and crew for everything and more!! I'll see you in the water soon :)
Your Blue Crush dreams have finally come true in New York City's own backyard, Locals Surf School in Rockaway Beach.
My first time making the worthwhile trip out to Rockaway, 2 summers ago, left me with not only with my hidden surfing abilities come to life, thanks to the professional and supportive instructors, but also left me with a new community outside of the city, new memories, and new good-hearted friends; the mikes!
If you want to have a super fun day in the water with some amazing surfers, Locals Surf School is the way to go. Mike & Mike run a professional business and are dedicated to giving personal attention and keeping the fun factor high. I have taken several lessons with John & my skill set has vastly improved. I plan on taking many more lessons with these guys! Can't say enough great stuff about Locals Surf School!
I've always promised myself i would learn how to surf. Didn't expect this to happen in NYC of all places. Also didn't expect to start learning and get hooked to surfing. That's all thanks to the two owners of locals surf school and their team! From great instruction, to phenomenal customer service these guys make it all happen. To add to that they will take your call regarding any questions you might have and give you advice on how to improve your skill and passion for surfing! So for those of you who have talked up a big game about learning, stop reading about it and go do it. Sign up for a class, bring a towel and a big smile! Surfsup!
The day I went to a lesson with mike and mike it was the best choices I ever made, ever surf instructor I worked with were really laid back and was very detailed in teaching me what I know now. I think everyone should learn to surf from these guys they are hands down the best and I know so much now because of there knowledge, they will get you standing up on any kind of waves you'll even learn more about the ocean and it's actions of why the swells are big that day or high tide and low hide. I started in the beginning of May I'm 8th lessons in and I'm already turning! So deff try these guys out they are the bros.
You might worry about the WAVES: don't. New York's Rockaway beach is definitely meant for surfing. This isn't Coney Island. You will get your money's worth, or your adventure's worth. However you want to look at it, those waves will come, and sometimes even larger than you expect.
Surfing is a big part of me, all thanks to a small investment which turned into a life changer.
It will change you, surfing always will...but Locals Surf will *start* you.