“A day at the winter-ish beach”
I wanted to take a lesson to practice surfing and to get the experience of a winter surf session. Brian was extremely responsive when I contacted his surf school and gave honest and helpful insight into picking a good day to go in terms of the conditions and the weather. He was up front and clear about pricing and what he hoped to accomplish and work on at the lesson. I was a bit intimidated by the cold (40 degree water) but he had the right wetsuit for me and a great board to practice surfing and work on specific things, which enabled me to avoid spending much time falling off or getting hit by waves so that i could maximize my time in the water by staying warm. He had lots of great insights and advice and surfing in the cold water totally exceeded my expectations and I intend to go do it again!
“First-ever surf lesson”
Arlington, VirginiaNovember 10,2014
My boyfriend and I took our first-ever surf lesson with Brian this past weekend and it was awesome! He was a really great instructor: he’s obviously really knowledgeable, but he’s also really encouraging, and makes you feel comfortable from your very first try standing up. Before even getting in the water , he gave us safety tips about the ocean in general that definitely made me feel less nervous. His way of teaching makes it really easy to surf basic waves – both of us stood up on every single wave, despite our lack of experience. Brian gave us both a great deal of individual attention and instruction, and left us with many tips to prepare us for trying surfing on our own. We tried surfing on our own in the afternoon, and it was much harder without Brian there to help us choose and time the waves.
I highly recommend getting a lesson from him regardless your age or skill level! He’s great at teaching the basics, knows a ton about the advanced techniques, and can show anyone a grand ole time out there. I’m even going to take my dad (60) to Brian for a lesson next time he’s in town because he literally makes it seem that easy.
“Yes you can surf in OC!”
Annapolis, MarylandOctober 19,2014
My husband and I took a lesson with Brian a few weeks ago. I had been “surfing” in California and have taken lessons in Hawaii twice and have never got it down. As a Maryland native who has been visiting Ocean City since birth, I never considered our waves surfable. During our lesson with Brian I spent more time actually riding waves (in Ocean City!) and having fun than I did in either Hawaii or California, two places renown for their surfing. Brian’s instruction was superb. I could tell from the beginning he was simply passionate for wave riding and showing others just how fun it is. He really breaks it down, makes you feel comfortable, and he taught us in a way that we could continue to improve and enjoy surfing even after the lesson was over. My Hawaiian surf lesson experiences can’t even come close to being this good! I will definitely recommend the Wave Riding School to anyone I know who wants to give surfing in OC a try, I know they will not be disappointed!
“Lesson over Memorial Day”
Gaithersburg, MarylandJune 01,2015
I took a lesson over the Memorial Day weekend with Justin and had a great experience. I had been surfing as a kid but probably haven’t been out in something like 20 years. I was able to make a reservation the same day and everyone was really friendly and helpful from start to finish.
Justin is a great instructor– after some basics, we got in the water and he had me standing up on my very first wave. (Wipe out techniques are really important, too!) He has a great eye for picking waves and timing everything and made the entire experience really enjoyable. He helped me get to a point where I wasn’t just standing up on a board, but staying up for a good ride.
When I get back out to Ocean City next time, I’m definitely going to give these guys a call again– I’d love to spend more time riding waves with some expert help!
If you’re thinking about taking surf lessons for whatever reason, check these guys out– you won’t regret it.
“Highlight of our Vacatiom”
Aberdeen, MarylandApril 02,2015
What a great lesson! A definite must do while your in Ocean City. We had an early morning lesson with Brian for my 11 year old daughter whom was born with a physical disability. The neurologist told us she may never learn to walk. But that wasn’t so much the case for her. Her determination has proved all of her doctors wrong and this summer with your gentle teaching and help and she fell in love with SURFING. Her smile and confidence carried her through the rest of our vacation. Thank you for opening Wave Riding Surf School and being such an AWESOME human being. Can’t wait to see ya during Summer 2015.
“Highlight of my vacation”
Fenwick Island, DelawareSeptember 09,2014
Hands down the best thing I did on vacation. These guys are the real deal. The made it so easy and fun. I can’t speak high enough about it.