You don’t need to go to Hawaii to hang ten. Ride the waves on our own ocean shoreline.
And professional surfer Cliff Skudin and his brother Will are ready to teach you.
The Skudins operate Skudin Surf, which offers private lessons and group sessions in the Rockaways, as well as in Long Beach and Atlantic Beach in Nassau County.
And even though the temperatures have only recently started to warm up enough to spend more than a few minutes outside, school is in session. The brothers are already giving private lessons.
“If somebody wanted to do a lesson tomorrow, we would do it,” Cliff Skudin said.
Though the brothers lost a lot of their equipment in Hurricane Sandy and had to replace pretty much everything, the school is up and running and looking forward to a succesful season.
“We’re really excited to start it up, get normalcy back.” Skudin said.
Skudin Surf will be running surfing camps for children and adults on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on June 24 and running through Aug. 31.
For those who just want some lessons, Skudin offers private and semi-private lessons seven days a week, just call and schedule a time. There are also weekend group classes that will begin around Memorial Day.
Skudin’s lessons in Rockaway take place at Beach 67th Street in Arverne.
The brothers are not only expert surfers — have ridden the waves of popular surfing spots around the world, such as in Hawaii, South America and Portugal — but are also part of a surfing dynasty. Skudin Surf has been offering lessons for three decades, beginning with Cliff and Will’s grandparents and later their parents.
And if you don’t think you can catch a gnarly wave here, Skudin says the ones that break on New York’s shores are the perfect ones to learn on.
"One of the biggest secrets in New York is how perfect the waves are for learning," he said.