Some say South Beach is no place to catch a wave, but dudes in the know would beg to differ. Sure, it aint Waimea, but SoFi isnt only the coolest place to live its also the place where youll catch a wave that would make Matthew McConaughey throw his stoner head back in glee. The easy access doesnt necessarily mean your wave-riding dreams will be easy to attain, though. Youll need biceps to paddle out into the ocean, abs to pop up into a standing position on the board, and balls of steel to ride the wave into the sand.
The surfer dudes at F1rst Surf Shop (100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) offer lessons in one- to three-hour intervals that will teach you the fundamentals from take-off to drop-in and have you hanging 10 (or five) in no time. Youll learn what a fetch is and how to catch a swell, but more important, youll find that surfing is not only a sport but also a lifestyle that requires nuanced knowledge of the environment. If youd rather just look the part, the shop carries everything from boards to suits to sunglasses in brands that run the gamut from the obvious to the obscure. Lessons start at $40 per person for a group of four.