Youth surf instruction, ocean environment awareness and surf community represent the three Boarding House Mentors (“BHM”) surf cornerstones which, taken together can have a potentially positive impact on the lives of at-risk youth in our society. BHM provides various youth and mentor programs throughout greater Los Angeles, the opportunity to bring the mentor program’s youth to Will Roger’s State Beach each summer, every Sunday, for up to six Sundays between July and August, to facilitate the youth’s experience surfing with equipment and basic surf instruction provided by BHM.
BHM’s goal is to contribute to the outside participating mentor program’s positive influence on the participating program youth. BHM believes that through the surf cornerstones, participating youth may become more open to positive physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
BHM’s surf cornerstones allow BHM to inject hope, enlightenment, admiration and respect into the hearts and minds of youth. There are no textbooks or lectures, just the experience of a safe, fun, respectful interactive community learning environment. The ocean beach environment and sense of community BHM manifests in its program, encourages free thinking as well as admiration and respect for the ocean.
Through this manual BHM intends to communicate to potential BHM volunteer instructors and other volunteers, basic information on two key BHM program areas: (1) Basic Surf Instruction and (2) the Daily BHM Program Schedule. The information will assist the volunteer instructor and those volunteering for beach activities and duties other than surf instruction. In this manual, BHM attempts to convey basic techniques to teach youth beginning surfing in an intuitive, safe and fun manner. While the techniques will work for young and old alike, this text is specifically focusing on youth ages 10 to 18 years old.
DISCLAIMER: This manual has been created through the group effort and contributions of BHM volunteers based upon their collective years of surfing and teaching experience. None of the contributors are certified by any organized surfing instruction certification association, organization or club. The information in this book may not be up-to-date with the latest surf instruction techniques, however the goal for this manual is to provide some basic information on how a volunteer instructor can provide a safe, intuitive and fun surf learning experience for youth. Should volunteers believe the surf instruction information within this manual may be improved, volunteers are encouraged to bring any potential updates to BHM for discussion, review and incorporation into an updated version of this surf manual.