Feb. 18, 2021

How To Surf with Eivind Lea

A photo of Norwegian surfer Eivind Lea for The Educator Podcast: How To series
In this episode of The Educator Podcast: How To, I interview longtime surfer and former surf instructor Eivind Lea, where we teach beginning surfers how to stand up and catch their first wave using a simple, 4-step process.

Eivind's lessons will make sure you have fun even when you’re falling down. We’ve also got tons of tips for you kooks and groms out there trying to move up to intermediate and advanced surfers, plus important discussions on topics like safety, proper equipment, and how to tell sharks in the water from dolphins! \m/

Have you always wanted to learn how to surf? Eivind teaches a simple, 4-step process that is critical for beginners to learn and also quite helpful for more advanced surfers looking to up their game. The steps to successfully riding your first wave are:

1.      Assess the playground

2.      Assess the waves

3.      Practice catching waves

4.      Practice standing up

We’ve also got tons of tips for how to paddle out into the break and catch your first green wave, how to improve your paddling technique, wave timing, and a lot more. We discuss longboards vs. shortboards, which wetsuits to use, ocean safety, and why ultimately the most important thing to do is simply go out there and enjoy the stoke.

Want to jump ahead in the episode?


How to Surf for Beginners: 4:30
Proper Equipment: 29:30
Safety: 34:45
Tips for Intermediate and Advanced Surfers: 40:15
Eivind’s Life and the Love of Surfing: 50:30
Sharks :-O : 59:00


Eivind Lea is a longtime surfer and former surf instructor who first began surfing over 15 years ago. He has worked as an ASI certified level 1 surf-instructor in Portugal, he’s a SurfShop.No, Vitamin Well and BareBells ambassador and in 2019 he finished 4th place in the Norwegian Surf Cup. Yes, you read that right. He’s from and currently lives just outside of Oslo, Norway, and believe it or not that’s where you can usually find him in the water shredding waves. To find more of Eivind and his surfing adventures around the world, follow him on Instagram.

Useful links:

Eivind Lea on Instagram
ASI - Academy of Surfing Instructors