Torrey Trust, owner of Surf eCo, wanted to do more to protect the oceans and the environment so she opened up her own surf school that teaches kids young and old about the environment while helping them catch a few waves. Located in Encinitas, CA, known for surfing and now banning plastic bags, the surf lessons take off each morning shine or shine. A portion of the lesson fees go to saving rainforest acreage and since March 2008, 72 acres have been saved through the Rainforest Conservancy.Why run an eco school and not choose eco products? Trust decided that she couldn't do that so she even chose biofoam boards, organic biodegradable surf wax, bamboo towels and organic sunscreen. Easy to incorporate the environment into the lessons if all of the products and demos are eco-friendly. Not sure you want to hit the waves with a group? Surf eCo offers individual lessons as well as weekend workshops if you just want to pick up a few pointers. All lessons are also offset by Carbonfund.
Each class is an hour and a half long, and there are four classes in a program. Looking at their program online you know ahead of time which surfing skills you'll learn each lesson as well as how environmental topics are incorporated. Each lesson of surf class is just $17, which is really cheap for surf schools. Private lessons will cost more. Surfrider members get a 10% discount on lessons.
No lessons will be held from Oct 2008-March 2009 (if you've ever been out there, you know thats when the big waves and the cold water come through) so check back with them in the spring to pick up a lesson or two before the summer season. Surf eCo also has a green blog covering everything surfing and environment related in San Diego. :Surf eCo
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