Hit the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon before the water park opens.
Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surfing School provides two profesional intructors per group of up to 12 students. (The instructors that run the Cocoa Beach Surf School have all competed or won various surfing competitions. Two of the instructors were from the U.S. National Surf Team).
The entire session is two and a half hours, one half hour of instruction on land and two hours spent in the water. Soft sided surf boards are provided to participants.
If want to remain after the lesson once the park is open, you will have to buy admission. The price includes lessons only, not water park admission. Friends and family are welcome to come watch you hang ten.
Guests must provide own transportation to the park in the morning. (buses do not run before parks open).
The price is a flat fee of $150. Hours are Mon, Tues and Fri at 6:45am. You can reserve through 407 WDW SURF or 407 WDW PLAY. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, after which no money will be refunded.
Private night time lessons are also available. You can bring your own music. You must be experienced, however. It is also quite expensive. Details can be found through 407 WDW SURF.
Here is an excerpt about the experience from a participant- taken from “Just Another Disney Journal”-
“The actual instruction took very little time. All they do is show you for a couple of minutes how to paddle out and raise yourself. You take a dry run on dry land and then they tell you to throw your board into the pool and catch a wave. It was more of a trial-and-error learning process. For me, it took a couple of waves to realize just how much time I really had to prepare. At first you feel like rushing through the process, but soon I realized I actually had time to think about the motions as I went through them.
Once you hit the water, you go to the instructor. He hooks you up to the board, makes sure you are in position on the board, and then gives you a push as the wave comes up. They try to get the students to paddle themselves into the waves, but most of the time, they tell the students just to hold onto the rails (sides) of the board as they give the students a push. Once your first wave is over, you paddle out to the second instructor. This guy will try and correct what you’ve done wrong on your first wave. After you second ride, you get out and wait for your next two waves.
On typical days, the number of waves and students should work out to each student having ten waves per lesson. We had fewer students than they usually have, so we got more waves. It also meant though that at times the students didn’t have the time to rest between rides. On my last ride, when a couple more people had dropped out, I didn’t have the energy to get up properly.
The instructors were all kind and didn’t yell, even though at times I’m sure it seemed we the students weren’t getting it.
Surfing is not for those who are going to tire out quickly. The arms seem to get the biggest workout, between paddling out and having to do a push-up to get up. Then walking through the undertow and carrying the board gets to the legs. Despite this, I had a blast and intend to go again.”
Sounds fun. If you can handle getting up at latest 5:30am, this is the thrill for you.
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