Wow Surfing School in San Juan, Puerto Rico

a female teen surfer sits on her surboard waiting on the next wave
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Wow Surfing is a surfing school run by a world-class pro and his team of experienced surfers. William "Chino" Sue-A-Quan provides the know-how and the equipment to teach anyone, from the raw beginner who doesn't know how to stay upright on a surfboard to the expert. Surf lessons are completely bilingual and, for the beginner, quite safe, as you are under the supervision of your instructor and you're not exactly tackling ten-foot tubes. Best of all, the staff is expert, friendly, and above all, patient.

 Wow Surfing is an excellent resource for people at all levels of the surfing spectrum and is worth a call or email when you're in San Juan.

Where Do They Teach?

Thanks to Wow, you don't have to leave San Juan and head to Rincón, Puerto Rico's surfing mecca, to find a good surf school. These guys are based in the capital and offer lessons in one of two central locations: a soft, sandy section of the Isla Verde beach strip called Pine Grove, which is ideal for beginners, and at Escambrón Beach in Puerta de Tierra, near the Caribe Hilton and Hotel Normandie.

Great for Beginners

Surfing can certainly be intimidating for novices, but Wow Surfing has a knack for making every surfing experience, from the first to the fiftieth, feel completely safe. You might be sore afterward, but if anything gets hurt, it's the ego, and that heals fast.

A Lesson Breakdown

The hour-long lessons are divided into three levels:

  • Basic lessons will teach you how to balance yourself on your board, how and when to stand and ride the miniscule waves. It's a ton of fun.
  • Intermediate classes take students to more challenging waves, teach them about wave selection, perfecting their style, and more advanced techniques.
  • Advanced lessons are for those who know their stuff and need to improve their skills. This is a good course for those interested in competing, doing the moves we see in movies, and even how to get sponsored professionally.