No ocean? No problem at KSF, Montreal’s surfing school on the St. Lawrence River. Starting with the friendly Bunny wave at the Lachine Rapids, learn to manoeuvre river waves (you can ride them longer than ocean waves because they’re stationary) and when you’ve got your sea legs, head downriver to the permanent roller in front of Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 complex.
Don’t let the name fool you. Surf Sister helps both genders learn to ride the West Coast waves off Vancouver Island, with lush old-growth rainforest as a backdrop and some of Canada’s most consistent surf conditions. Start off your private or group lesson with a primer on ocean safety and etiquette, or earn cool-mom status for life with the mother/daughter camp. Then get ready for a session on the whitewater waves.
If you’ve ever wanted to hang 10 with Hawaii’s fire department, book an introduction to the sport with Honolulu’s firefighters. Safety first: Ride the Hawaiian Fire van to the gentle waves – you can thank the offshore barrier reef for sparing you the big swells Hawaii’s known for – and pick up the basics without a worry. Your guides are professional lifesavers, after all.
Get gnarly on the East Coast no matter the season, thanks to Aquaholics’ year-round surf lessons. Begin with a summer lesson, then come back suited up when the seasons change to really test your mettle. In addition to offering lessons, camps and even private surf parties, this all-ages school hosts a series of Special Surfers Nights for children and adults with physical or social disabilities, as well as a free weekly clinic for adult newbies.