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iSurf is a very wonderful business and serviceThe instruction is unparalleled, and it is very possible to stand up and ride multiple waves from Day I appreciate that Thomas, the main instructor, focuses on techniques to build a solid foundation, and not interim easier ways for very short-term gainsFrom the start you can learn to read waves, understand and adjust for conditions for the most ideal surfing, and carry yourself with good etiquette on the waterThomas also invaluably understands the right amount of push and support to give - enough to keep challenging you, but not so much of either such that it's unattainable or coddlingThomas seems to understand, and adapts his teaching to what each person needsThis is key, since it takes some perseverance to get surfing And that’s just the startCo-owners Thomas and Alelia fully put their hearts into iSurf, and it is readily apparentThey offer fantastic surfing excursions and trips that are reasonably priced and well-planned to give awesome experiences all aroundAnd then there’s the CommunityThrough iSurf I have met and surfed alongside a diverse group of some of the best people, who are fun, intelligent, strong, and genuine, and we cheer each other alongI can’t say enough that surfing and iSurf make you feel vibrantly alive and indulging in it!

ISurf is the best! I took a lesson last summer with the goal of just getting up once to say that I have surfed before I ended up becoming an annual member and take lessons almost every week I just purchased my own surfboard and am so excited about it! I don't think I would have been so involved without ISurf If you don't have your own board, its not a problem ISurf does all the work for you providing a wetsuit if needed and brining the surf board You can decide if you like it and want to purchase your own wetsuit, etc later if you want to go out on your own For me, it was a great way to make friends and meet new people since I have only lived here a couple years There are women from age 20-60+ all with amazing backgounds and stories The other women in the group lessons are very positive and encouraging Thomas, the main instructor, makes sure that everyone gets individual attention and he truly wants you to have a fun experience Mariah is also a great instructor

I have been surfing with iSurf since January and it has been such a wonderful experience!
Thomas has been great at coaching me and helping work on areas of improvementI have been on multiple surf excursions and they are all really fun, affordable and full of surfing!
I would highly recommend iSurf to anyone looking to learn or improve their surfing

I absolutely love iSurf! I cannot say good enough things about this surf school and instructor, Thomas Oretsky Thomas helps you to overcome any fears you have in a fun and positive environment The group lessons are just the perfect size where you can get to know others but also get personal attention from Thomas to improve your surfingEvery time you go out, you learn something new or work to improve what he has been teaching you If you want an instructor who is knowledgeable, fun, patient and overall awesome, take a lesson with Thomas and iSurf!

iSurf is a very wonderful business and service. The instruction is unparalleled, and it is very possible to stand up and ride multiple waves from Day 1. I appreciate that Thomas, the main instructor, focuses on techniques to build a solid foundation, and not interim easier ways for very short-term gains. From the start you can learn to read waves, understand and adjust for conditions for the most ideal surfing, and carry yourself with good etiquette on the water. Thomas also invaluably understands the right amount of push and support to give - enough to keep challenging you, but not so much of either such that it's unattainable or coddling. Thomas seems to understand, and adapts his teaching to what each person needs. This is key, since it takes some perseverance to get surfing.
And that’s just the start. Co-owners Thomas and Alelia fully put their hearts into iSurf, and it is readily apparent. They offer fantastic surfing excursions and trips that are reasonably priced and well-planned to give awesome experiences all around. And then there’s the Community. Through iSurf I have met and surfed alongside a diverse group of some of the best people, who are fun, intelligent, strong, and genuine, and we cheer each other along. I can’t say enough that surfing and iSurf make you feel vibrantly alive and indulging in it!

Being raised in Ventura, I've been around the ocean and surfers all my life. But it wasn't until later in life, when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, did I make the decision to actually learn from a coach. Sounds crazy, I know, but I wanted to focus on something other than healing. I had been comfortable in the ocean and navigating with waves, and after doing my research (I'm a geek by nature!) on instructors and schools and sharing my *unique* situation with Thomas and his wife did I feel 100% ready and confident I was in good hands.
Getting in the water with Thomas and the other ladies has been phenom for me. To know that Thomas has my back (literally!), guiding, encouraging and challenging me is priceless.
Do I recommend him and the school?
Only if you want expert instruction, connection with other fantastic women and the thrill and energy that only the ocean can give.
What are you waiting for?
If I can get out there with my challenges, you can! ;-)
- AnaMaria

iSurf is a very wonderful business and service. The instruction is unparalleled, and it is very possible to stand up and ride multiple waves from Day 1. I appreciate that Thomas, the main instructor, focuses on techniques to build a solid foundation, and not interim easier ways for very short-term gains. From the start you can learn to read waves, understand and adjust for conditions for the most ideal surfing, and carry yourself with good etiquette on the water. Thomas also invaluably understands the right amount of push and support to give - enough to keep challenging you, but not so much of either such that it's unattainable or coddling. Thomas seems to understand, and adapts his teaching to what each person needs. This is key, since it takes some perseverance to get surfing.

And that’s just the start. Co-owners Thomas and Alelia fully put their hearts into iSurf, and it is readily apparent. They offer fantastic surfing excursions and trips that are reasonably priced and well-planned to give awesome experiences all around. And then there’s the Community. Through iSurf I have met and surfed alongside a diverse group of some of the best people, who are fun, intelligent, strong, and genuine, and we cheer each other along. I can’t say enough that surfing and iSurf make you feel vibrantly alive and indulging in it!

I absolutely love iSurf! I cannot say good enough things about this surf school and instructor, Thomas Oretsky. Thomas helps you to overcome any fears you have in a fun and positive environment. The group lessons are just the perfect size where you can get to know others but also get personal attention from Thomas to improve your surfing. Every time you go out, you learn something new or work to improve what he has been teaching you. If you want an instructor who is knowledgeable, fun, patient and overall awesome, take a lesson with Thomas and iSurf!

I have been surfing with iSurf since January 2014 and it has been such a wonderful experience!

Thomas has been great at coaching me and helping work on areas of improvement. I have been on multiple surf excursions and they are all really fun, affordable and full of surfing!

I would highly recommend iSurf to anyone looking to learn or improve their surfing.

Being raised in Ventura, I've been around the ocean and surfers all my life. But it wasn't until later in life, when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, did I make the decision to actually learn from a coach. Sounds crazy, I know, but I wanted to focus on something other than healing. I had been comfortable in the ocean and navigating with waves, and after doing my research (I'm a geek by nature!) on instructors and schools and sharing my *unique* situation with Thomas and his wife did I feel 100% ready and confident I was in good hands.

Getting in the water with Thomas and the other ladies has been phenom for me. To know that Thomas has my back (literally!), guiding, encouraging and challenging me is priceless.

Do I recommend him and the school?

Only if you want expert instruction, connection with other fantastic women and the thrill and energy that only the ocean can give.

What are you waiting for?

If I can get out there with my challenges, you can! ;-)

- AnaMaria

ISurf is the best! I took a lesson last summer with the goal of just getting up once to say that I have surfed before. I ended up becoming an annual member and take lessons almost every week. I just purchased my own surfboard and am so excited about it! I don't think I would have been so involved without ISurf. If you don't have your own board, its not a problem. ISurf does all the work for you providing a wetsuit if needed and brining the surf board. You can decide if you like it and want to purchase your own wetsuit, etc later if you want to go out on your own. For me, it was a great way to make friends and meet new people since I have only lived here a couple years. There are women from age 20-60+ all with amazing backgounds and stories. The other women in the group lessons are very positive and encouraging. Thomas, the main instructor, makes sure that everyone gets individual attention and he truly wants you to have a fun experience. Mariah is also a great instructor.

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