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Surfing in Long Beach

Surf2live & Surfersway are the surfing experts in the sport of surfing

Surf2live is the original surfing school in Long Beach headed up by professional certified Master Surfing instructor/Surfing Coach with over 35 years of surfing instructions. As a life long resident of Long Beach Elliot is also the founder of Surfersway a foundation that takes kids with special needs surfing free of charge all summer long.

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Elliot Zuckerman April 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Surfersway is a community based organization that takes kids with special needs surfing here in Long Beach, it is FREE and lunch is provided, if anyone knows a parent or friend that has a child with special needs and wants to try surfing just go to our web site www.surfersway.org to register, we have over 200 kids signed up already for each event and its growing every day. If you want to volunteer please come on down and make a child smile, we need surfers and beach helpers as well. We are a 501c3 foundation and students can be provided with a community service letter. Sponsored by many local businesses and Surf2live.If you want to donate food, water or give away's please feel free to email us at surfersway@gmail.com. Every penny goes right back to the kids, as we are a 100% volunteer organization.
paul.d.spellman April 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Elliot, How much does your privately incorporated school, "Surf2Live" pay for the use of the city beaches?
Elliot Zuckerman April 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I pay a large fee for the use of our beach as for the amount I pay that is a not something I would post but besides the fee I pay my school also brings in quite a lot of money for the city by means of beach passes, and I can say a large number of my clients eat here in town and shop in our stores. We also pay for beach cleaning and I can say my staff MUST clean the beach area we use, I am sure the other school does the same. What I can say is there are way to many other so called instructors trying to give lessons and none have insurance or pay any taxes, a requirement of our contracts with the city.
paul.d.spellman April 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Elliot, Since this fee is paid to the city shouldn't the fee be public information. Is it posted in the budget anywhere? Were these contracts competitively bid? Do you get exclusive access to the location where you hold these classes or can other people use the beach and water as well? Can you quantify the amount of beach passes they purchase? How much they spend in town?
paul.d.spellman April 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Hello?????
Elliot Zuckerman April 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Sorry for the delay as I have my grandkids here, but to answer some of your questions here we go, if you so desire to look to see if my fee is posted in the city records please feel free to look , I am sure it is not in the budget as a line item but is included in the total amount collected in contracts? Yes the contracts where bid out in the proper competitive way. The beach I teach at (Pacific Beach) is a public beach and anyone can surf there, I am the only surf school that can teach there. I would have no idea on how many people buy passes being many buy them with their LIRR ticket and many buy them as friends who is taking lessons. What I can say is every person taking lessons with me are required to pay to get on the beach, our school is very respectful of the other surfers in the water and we are also respectful of the other beach goers.
Elliot Zuckerman April 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
As for how much they spend in local stores I could not tell you but even a dollar is better than nothing, most of my clients are from the city and to say spending $10.00 for lunch would be a fair amount and as I said, something is better than nothing. Oh and one more thing, most take the LB bus to our beach, another plus for the city. As a LB home owner I do care about the beach, ocean and money coming into the city, who knows might even reduce our taxes..lol
Elliot Zuckerman April 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Safety tips for the new surfers: 1 .Never try to surf when the waters are rough or to big. 2. learn the proper etiquette for the rules of the waves, this will make your learning a pleasurable experience, break the rules and odds are you will not be happy with the way you are treated in the water, remember surfing is a very dangerous sport ,the more experienced surfers know right from wrong, not sure of the right ways, just ask a surfer some of the basic rules, most surfers here will welcome your questions and it will help you make friends, most local surfers are happy to help. 3. The ocean is a dangerous place, know the currents, try to find a buddy to surf with, if you get in trouble or worse get hit in the head and knocked out, at least someone will be there to help. 4. If you want to learn on your own that is great but take it slowly, surfing is a hard sport to master and we all get hurt, learn safety, by asking others or joining a surfing class. www.surf2live.com

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