What students gain from Summa Love:
Confidence, Self Esteem, New Friends/Connections, Environmental Knowledge, Surf Culture Experience, Physical Fitness, Yoga Experience, Lifeguard Training Experience, Open Ocean Safety Experience, Teamwork, Dedication, Compassion and Integrity.
Safety is our #1 priority. Anything can happen in the ocean with little or no warning. All students must always listen to Summa Love instructors. All beginners will be in separate groups than intermediate and advanced students. Grouping is based on age and ability level. To become part of the advanced class, the student must be able to successfully catch a wave on their own and be able to go down the line either right or left. This must be done at least 3 times. They must also have all the necessary knowledge about surfing including etiquette, duck diving, communication, paddling back to the waves in a safe matter, (If a surfer is going down the line while you are paddling back out, you must paddle the opposite way of the incoming surfer even if it means taking the brunt of the wave on your head) open ocean safety, (If caught in a rip tide, the student must know how to get out of the rip tide by not fighting it but going with the rip paddling parallel to the beach to safety) and carry all necessary safety equipment on their surfboard including nose guard, leash and rubber tipped fins (fiber glass boards). Students are not pressured to become advanced because each student is unique with their own learning curve. Instructors will be with the student to coach them and help them progress at their own pace while teaching them all their knowledge from years of surfing including everything mentioned above.
● Beginner Class – All beginner students practice all the basics on the beach first before entering the ocean. On the beach students will learn how to paddle, stand, practice surf etiquette and achieve all safety requirements. Students stay in shallow water catching white-water waves to the beach.
● Intermediate Class – Students will now be able to surf waves further from the beach no more than 50 yards and be able to catch waves on their own no bigger than 2ft. They are now learning to ride waves down the line either right or left. All safety requirements must be met before moving on to advanced level.
● Advanced Class – Students must successfully complete all levels, pass the surf test mentioned above in the first paragraph and obtain all safety requirements to become part of the advanced class. This class can go mobile in search for the best waves. Advanced class is great
for students who want to take their surfifing to the next level. Students are expected to perform cutbacks, floaters, off the lips and barrels in waves no bigger than 3-4ft. They are encouraged to compete in local contests with plenty of support from our instructors. They are also invited to help teach less fortunate kids how to surf with Summa Love Community Camps. Advanced class is the beginning of the next stage in a young surfer’s life. They are part of Surf Team Summa Love and are now accredited through Summa Love to safely surf on their own. We hope this program will produce more world class surfers from New Jersey. Next step after advanced class is Jr. Instructor. Must be at least 16 years old to work at Summa Love as a jr. instructor.
What To Bring – Warm dry clothes, extra sun block, extra water, dry towel, sandals, bathing suit, rash guard, lunch Monday-Thursday and extra water. We supply extra water, snacks, extra rash guards, extra sun block, pizza on Friday, wetsuits and surfboards.
Locations – Long Branch location: 1 South Bath Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Break Time – ALL students have to remain on the beach with the remainder instructors for beach activities. Beach activities include beach sweeps, run the bases, soccer, kickball, baseball, volleyball, football, ultimate frisbee, skim boarding and body surfing. All students must also carry their equipment to the tents after surfing.
Camp Refunds – With 5 weeks notice, we can issue full refunds. Within 5 weeks, we can issue credit for future camp dates with at least 48 hours notice. If weather is poor, we will make the final call the morning of and if we cancel or delay camp, we will email everyone reserved and also post on the homepage on the bottom left of summalove.com with at least 2 hours notice. If we cancel camp, we issue make ups to use on either the upcoming Saturday of that week or a future camp/lesson date if space is available. Waves may also be too big to run a surf camp. Camp counselors will make a collective decision about canceling camp if the surf is too rough. If thunderstorms hit 1/2 way through the surf camp, we evacuate the beach immediately and wait until the storm passes to resume surfing or we cancel completely and extend camp the next day for additional surfing time. Students who sign up for a week should come to camp consecutively for the week. If students can not make camp everyday during the week, make ups are allowed during future camp days if room is available with at least 48 hours notice. All students should complete camp days before the summer is over to avoid losing the days completely. No make up camp days can be carried over into the new year. Students who sign up for the summer can come to camp every day M-F from weeks 1-10.
NOTE – WE OPERATE RAIN OR SHINE! Some of the best surfing conditions happen when it is raining. If rain is in the area with scattered showers and overcast skies, we will most likely be surfing with surf camp OPEN. We have plenty of wetsuits to keep the kids warm. If rain is heavy/drenching, it’s cold out and very windy with rough seas and the forecast calls for the whole day to be like that, we most likely will cancel. Year to year we only cancel surf camp due to poor weather 0-2 times the whole season! Just because rain is in the forecast does not mean we will cancel surf camp or lessons.
Sign Ups – To sign up for camp, you can register online directly here on our site under REGISTER HERE. For multi week sign ups, please give us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Stay – Bungalow Hotel is the New Jersey Shore’s only authentic boutique, luxury, lifestyle hotel. Listed as one of the top 10 chic hotels on Elle.com, Bungalow Hotel opened its doors on May 1st 2009. The beach-mod hotel decor has been carefully chosen by husband and wife duo, Courtney and Robert Novogratz. The Novogratzs are the design team behind Sixx Design, a celebrated building and interior design company recently featured on Bravo. Located in Pier Village, just steps from endless sand beaches and the refreshing Atlantic Ocean, Bungalow is stylish and beach chic, yet playful and profoundly inviting. The lobby has an endless assortment of games for guests to enjoy including billiards backgammon and chess. All rooms are over-sized with king beds, flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, kitchenettes, cafe tables, expansive window walls, and fireplaces. Booking information: http://bungalowhotel.net.