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“Kids are hooked!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2014 NEW via mobile
Ramse & Raul were fun, safe and effective instructors. They were able to get six beginners (5 of which were kids) riding waves and loving the sport. The kids have talked about surfing nonstop since then and now want a surf board for their birthdays. I highly recommend this school for anyone who wants to surf PR. I will definitely join in the fun next time!
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Wave Energy, Decay and Direction

Waves and swell are created by wind.
Around the earth, we have areas of high air pressure and areas of low air pressure in the atmosphere. Think of the air as liquid, as water. The areas of high pressure are constantly trying to fill the areas of low pressure. If you have an area of high water right next to an area of low water with no barrier between, the high water will flow to fill the area of low water. The transition of airflow from high pressure to low pressure is wind.

When the wind blows over the ocean, it creates small ripples on the surface. As these ripples grow, the wind gets better friction on the ocean surface. After a period of time, these ripples grow into small waves or chop on the water. As the wind increases and continues to blow, the chop transforms into small waves, then into larger waves and then, if all goes well, into huge waves.

Simply put, waves are created when wind transfers its energy from the air to the water. Wave generation requires three variables: wind velocity, wind duration and wind fetch. The harder the wind blows, the longer the time it blows and the greater the distance it blows, the bigger the waves. Limitation of any one of these variables will severely restrict the development of wave heights and the transfer of energy into the water.

As waves grow larger, the distance between waves will become greater, signifying more and more energy being transferred deeper into the ocean. As more energy is transferred deeper into the water, the waves have better ability to sustain that energy as they travel great distances across the oceans. The most common way to measure wavelengths is by measuring swell period, which is the time between successive wave crests as they pass a stationary point on the ocean surface, such as a buoy.

Wave Decay
Waves decay and get smaller the farther they travel. In the middle of a storm there is a confused mix of sea state. Various waves of different heights, directions and swell periods turn the ocean surface into a chaotic mess. We call this the wave spectrum. All of these waves are the result of different cycles of the storm, with the short-period waves generated by current winds in the local area and the longer period waves generated by winds earlier in the storm's life that have had a longer time to develop.

As the waves move out of the storm area, they decrease greatly in size within the first thousand miles (more than 60 percent) and slowly thereafter. This is caused by three factors: short-period waves and chop dissipating rapidly once outside of the wind-generation area; directional spreading of waves as they move away from the storm at different angles and the separation of waves as they travel forward at different speeds after leaving the storm area. This initial wave-decay process allows the underlying long-period waves to move out from beneath the messy short-period sea state in the middle of the storm. Once these longer period waves break free from the storm's confusion, they are easily identified as a more organized wave train, which we call swell.

Where the wind or swell is coming from. In the marine community, directions are always identified as the direction the swell or the wind is "coming from," not the direction it's headed. Degrees used are true degrees with north at 0 or 360 degrees (and then moving clockwise), east at 90 degrees, south at 180 degrees and west at 270 degrees. Northeast may be anywhere between 0 and 90 degrees, southeast between 90 and 180 degrees, southwest between 180 and 270 degrees and northwest between 270 and 360 degrees. 
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Learn To Surf
How to walk on water in 7 easy steps.
Surfing has given me many unforgettable years of fun, health and recreation. After teaching beginning surfers for more than 20 years, I've seen the long list of obstacles that they have to overcome in order to learn. To put it bluntly, surfing literally takes years to master. But with the help of this instruction, you should be able to avoid many of the common mistakes that students make. 

It always helps to start when you're young, but age isn't nearly as important as physical conditioning. The best cross-training for surfing is swimming. As you'll quickly discover, at least 95 percent of your surfing time will be spent paddling rather than riding waves. To make this a bearable experience, you must have a strong upper body. A pool will work, but the optimum option is open-ocean swimming. It will help your conditioning and confidence in all types of ocean conditions. Sooner or later, your leash is going to break, and when it does, you'll be infinitely safer if you know what to do. I'd recommend a workout regimen of three days a week with a mixture of long-distance and sprint swims. Also, I recommend taking a course in CPR before you start spending extended periods of time in the water. The ocean is unpredictable-always be prepared for the worst.
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5 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2013 NEW
Highly rated and highly recommended

My wife and I had an outstanding surf lesson with Ramse while we were in Rincon. Ramse is truly an outstanding person and well respected and known within the PR surf community. He is one of the top surf pro's from PR and knows his $hit. 

His main focus was showing us a fun time, but learning the art and technique to surfing. Safety was always first and learning was second. We knew we were in good hands with
Ramse. He also has a TON of contacts and recommendations so he is certainly one of the people to know in PR. It was really cool to chill and have a cup of coffee with Ramse after our lesson. He took us to an amazing local spot to unwind and ask for feedback. All other lessons I've ever had ended after we got out of the water. What a cool guy!

On a final note - I highly suggest everyone to take a lesson with a CERTIFIED instructor. There are only two authorized surfboard rentals/ instructors in Rincon. This means that they have the appropriate business licenses, insurance, equipment, and qualifications to provide lessons and rentals. So called guest houses or surf cottages that offer lessons won't be your best bet if you are a beginner. 

Thanks for a great session Ramse! See you next visit...

Visited December 2013
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Beginner Tips
Surf-Fitness Pop-up Training Surfers Perfect Pushup
Surf-Fitness is all about building a stronger body so you can do what makes you happy in life, and do it better... surfing.

There are a few critical movements for surfers to master when building strength and core control. One of those moves that every single surfer, no matter their age or skill will benefit from is the pushup. But we're not talking about lazy, non-coordinated pushups, we're talking about developing the perfect pushup. With developing the strength and muscle coordination to perform a perfect pushup, you'll not only be exceptionally stronger and faster with your pop-ups, you'll develop a stronger core and a more stable upper body which is essential for deeper duck dives and long-term shoulder health.
Why Should You Master The Perfect Pushup?
If you're weak in your upper body pushing movements, then your surfing is immediately going to suffer. Your pop-ups will be slower and less coordinated, and your duck dives won't be strong enough to actually get yourself under the breaking wave. A weak pop- up results in a far slower motion of getting to your feet, and prevents you from getting onto that clean wave face. If you have a weak core that can't efficiently stabilize your spine during the pop-up movement, it puts you at a big risk for a back injury, which as definitely no good. With your duck-dives, if you're lacking upper body strength, then you'll have a hard time pressing that board underneath that oncoming wave, which results in some really frustrating paddle-outs. With all that being said, you should work on a perfect pushup to progress your pop-up strength and improve your surfing fitness.
Why the Pushup?
As discussed, the pushup carries over to several key movements needed for good surfing, but a pushup when performed correctly, is a great for full body strength development. It coordinates the pushing muscles (chest and shoulder) with the core muscles, and the pelvis and hip muscles. Good surfers have strong bodies that move efficiently and with coordination, and a pushup will help you train those characteristics.
How To Perform The Perfect Pushup
• Don't drop your head 
• Don't sag your core or torso 
• Control the movement through the lowering and pushing phase 
• Keep proper body alignment 
• Don't regress to your knees. Instead, place your hands on a higher surface. 

Don't Drop Your Head- this is a big fail that a large portion of people do. Like previously mentioned, the pushup helps to train full body development and coordination. If every time you perform a pushup you also drop your head, you're teaching your body a faulty movement, and further weakening important neck muscles. Keep your head in line with your body.
Don't sag your core or torso: This is another big fail that people unfortunately do all the time, and it can cause some serious back injuries. The pushup not only strengthens the upper body when properly executed, it coordinates that strength with the core. That core integration is critical for strong explosive pop-ups. If you “sag” your core when performing a pushup, you're not activating your core muscles properly, and placing compressive forces through your lower back. Performing a Perfect Surfers Pushup with core activation helps to train full body strength with a strong core.
Control The Movement- too many people get sloppy with their pushups, and focus on “how many” rather than “quality”. Control the movement in both the lowering portion, and the pushing portion. This controlled movement helps to develop strength, and stability, and teaches your body how to move efficiently. Poor quality pushups with fast drops and sketchy pushes do not teach your body how to move efficiently, which is what you want to remain injury free.

Keep Proper Body Alignment- This falls in line with “don't drop your head” and “don't sag your core” . If you're not keeping your body in good postural alignment, your not correctly using your muscles, and creating imbalances in your body. Muscle imbalances will pull joints out of proper alignment, which affects your flexibility and promotes injury. Keep your body in perfect alignment to get the most out of your Perfect Surfer Pushups.
Don't Regress To Your Knees- Women are often told to drop to their knees if they cannot perform a full pushup. This extends to men as well that are lacking upper body strength. Instead, place your hands on a higher surface, perhaps a bench. Elevating your upper body lessens the force of gravity, making the pushup easier. When dropping to your knees it changes the manner in which certain muscles on the front of your body activate and integrate. As stated prior, we're surfers and we need to be able to move efficiently, with integrated muscle action, so we need to train for muscle integration. It's far more efficient to regress the pushup by elevating your hands. As strength levels improve, you can lower the elevated surface, until you're performing pushups from the ground.

Pushup Progression

Once you nail down the standard perfect pushup, it's time to progress the pushup. The advanced movement options are endless, and have some really beneficial carryover to surfing and remaining injury free. It also adds some excitement and variability to your workouts.
T-Rotation Pushups                                            
Yoga Pushups

 Weighted Pushups

Explosive Pop-up Pushups

Get strong with your perfect pushups, then being your power pop-up training with explosive pushups, and pop-up pushups. Becoming strong and stable with integrative bodily strength first, and then progressing to explosive pushup training is the key to remaining injury free and developing an upper body that can really perform in the water. This style of pushup is sport specific training for your pop-ups and will dramatically improve your strength, speed, and endurance for duck-dives and pop-ups in the surf.

The Surfers Perfect Pushup
So there you go, the Perfect Pushup. Train your body efficiently so you can surf! The pushup, when performed properly has loads of benefit for surfers, and specific benefit for your pop-ups and duck-dives. It's a critical movement to surf well and have a blast in the water, so spend some time working on your surf fitness, and work on the Surfers Perfect Pushup.
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Greetings All  

Thank you very much for you select us, We are here in the Islands of Puerto Rico at your services, we hope you and the whole crew get a great and wonderful times around your vacation. All the best to you is our best wishes and see you soon.  

Thanks in advance.
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