If a person is fit and motivated the North Shore Surf Girls Surf School can teach you to surf in one surfing  lesson. Most people however, take about three surfing lessons to learn to surf. It should be noted too that truly learning to surf is a life long pursuit, however if you can catch a wave by your self then you have learned the basic and much needed first step. To become an expert  at surfing you have to spend hundreds if not thousands of hours surfing in the ocean. Besides learning to catch waves you also have to learn about the ocean; currents, sets, and so much more. This takes years and while it can be explained one really needs to experience it first hand to really “get it”.