frequently asked questions
WHERE ARE YOUR LESSONS TAUGHT?
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet,
White Crest Beach in Wellfleet,
or Head of the Meadow in Truro.
Each of the three beaches present a beautiful setting unique to the Outer Cape and are worth a visit with or without a lesson; the dunes are tall, the views are expansive and often the surf is firing.
All three offer a great place for friends and family to watch your lesson -- either from the top of the dunes or down on the beach.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A SURF LESSON?
A bottle of water, sunblock, a towel and wear your bathing suit.
A backpack is a great way to bring all of the above down to the beach and keep it out of the sun. Remember, you'll be carrying your surfboard down and up the dunes!
Leave your valuables (wallet, phone, jewelry, etc.) in your car. Theft is usually not an issue down on the beach, but they are better off locked in your car.
If you do want to bring your phone down to the beach for photos, great -- but dependent on the beach, there's often no reception on the lower beach. Also, make sure you have something reasonably sand and water tight to store it in. Sand has a way of finding its way into literally everything on the Outer Cape.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK A LESSON?
All surf lessons are scheduled according to the constantly rotating low tide schedule set into place by our constantly orbiting moon - essentially our schedule moves with the moon.
We'll do our best to accommodate last minute scheduling, but generally prefer at least 24 hrs notice to custom fit you with the best time slot regarding tide, surf conditions and overall weather.
Call or text anytime between 8AM - 8PM to book your next lesson.
WHEN DO I PAY?
At Emanate Surf Project we like to keep things as flexible and secure as possible regarding payment.
Once we have settled on a location for a lesson, have sizing info on hand to select boards and wetsuits and exchanged pertinent contact information -- an invoice will be sent to your email address.
This invoice will outline the specifics of the lesson as well as provide an option for payment directly in the email.
The invoice is powered through PayPal, which means you will have a wide variety of payment options facilitated through their service. Since there will be no financial information handled over the phone, (nor via text or email) this approach allows you to pay on your schedule, through whichever connection or device you choose, and allows you to maintain financial confidentiality.
It is possible to take cash payment for a lesson -- however please be advised that if you decide that you'd like to pay with cash rather than use the PayPal service, this transaction will not be able to take place at the time of the lesson. Current regulations mandate that business transactions are not handled at the beach, so we will do our best to set up a time and place to accept a cash payment.
IF I'VE ALREADY BOOKED A LESSON, WHEN DO I ARRIVE AT THE BEACH?
About 20 minutes before your scheduled lesson.
This allows time for signing the waiver and putting on your wetsuit all before the lesson time actually starts. Emanate wants you to get the most out of your lesson, so getting there a little bit early allows us to spend more time in the water surfing.
That being said - please understand that surfing is all about moving with the conditions presented -- sometimes our schedule may run a little behind, someone before you may have shown up a few minutes late due to traffic, or the conditions that day may have metaphorically thrown a little sand in an otherwise greased wheel. If you show up and your instructor isn't standing at the agreed upon meeting place, they are probably still in the water teaching -- so relax, drink some water and soak up the view. After all, you're at the beach and about to go surfing!!
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARK FOR MY LESSON?
YES; unless you have already purchased a parking pass through the Town of Wellfleet or the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Marconi Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach are managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Parking passes may be purchased at the time of entry for either the day or on a seasonal basis.
White Crest Beach is managed by the Town of Wellfleet. Daily passes can be purchased at the time of entry, however if you would like to purchase a weekly or seasonal parking pass please go to the Beach Department office located near the pier in Wellfleet. Purchasing a pass also allows you access to the other 3 oceanside beaches, the bayside beaches as well as many of Wellfleet's spectacular ponds.
**** Please be advised that arriving at White Crest Beach before 8:30 AM and parking in the lot does not waive you of the need to purchase a pass for your vehicle. Any car parked between 8:30AM - 4:00PM must display a valid parking permit or daily pass. If you do not have one, you risk being ticketed.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
PLEASE CALL EMANATE SURF PROJECT AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU WON'T BE THERE FOR THE LESSON.
We like to keep things running smoothly and as close to on time as possible. If you can't make it for any number of reasons -- no worries. We understand things come up, plans change and traveling is full of hiccups.
Calling ahead allows us to make our schedule to run smoother and opens up the opportunity to others.
DO YOU STILL TEACH IF IT'S RAINING?
Yes -- unless there are thunderstorms or dangerous wind conditions accompanying the rain. Remember you will be in the water and wet anyway. Often a good rain can help to make surf conditions better and glass off the waves.
We realize that you may be driving from another part of the Cape, or beyond, to come surf with Emanate Surf Project -- we'll do our best to keep you updated if thunderstorms are imminent, or it's "blowin' stink" in Wellfleet.
Please understand that weather on the Outer Cape can change rapidly, sometimes within minutes, so we may not have had time to give you the heads up that conditions are deteriorating. If you're concerned -- call ahead. We'll either reschedule accordingly, or place your scheduled lesson on a "touch-and-go" basis if the weather seems like it will pass quickly.
SURFERS, AND SEALS, AND SHARKS -- OH MY!
If you're concerned about sharks - we understand.
At Emanate Surf Project we want to address this issue head on -- without misrepresentation or false promises.
Thinking about sharks is part of being a surfer. You're stepping into the ocean, into the surf zone and often alongside other people of mixed surfing experience. There are a number of risks inherent to surfing that have nothing to do with sharks, yet sharks can somehow remain that lingering "what if?" in the back of our minds while the other risks are more easily dismissed. It's up to you to decide what to do with this lingering question...
As in any decision in life there is a certain level of risk -- some are perceived risks, while others are actual. Regarding sharks and surfing, the level of risk has qualities of both, but leans heavily towards being more perceived risk rather than actual risk. The media has done an excellent job sensationalizing the risk of shark attack, presence of and building up fear surrounding sharks; particularly on Cape Cod in recent years.
At Emanate Surf Project, we prefer to focus on actual risk rather than perceived risk.
Look up the statistics and probabilities on what concerns you most about sharks and surfing. Now compare it to the risks inherent to your daily activities, or even what processes will be involved in getting yourself to your surf lesson. This should help to put into perspective the actual risk regarding sharks and surfing; and hopefully calm any fears.
Furthermore, look up of the long term history of shark attacks on Cape Cod. Now think about the tens to hundreds of thousands of people each year that visit the beaches and spend time in, or on, the waters surrounding Cape Cod.
If you've decided you want to learn to surf - great! We'll see you at the beach and in the water!
If the thought of sharks and surfing still absolutely terrifies you, and no amount of statistics, probability, or history can calm that fear -- don't surf. Surfing is all about having fun, and if you're terrified, you won't be having fun.
In the end, the decision is yours.
The risks surrounding sharks and surfing is low, the rewards of surfing are high, you'll have an experienced instructor at your side and the number of people who build their lifestyle around surfing is growing. There are many reasons why people are magnetized towards surfing, so get out in the waves with us and figure out your reason why!
SEALS AND SHARKS
Seals and sharks do not operate on the principle of "if there's smoke, there's fire."
Seals and sharks both call the waters off Cape Cod home, but the presence of one does not indicate the immediate presence of the other. This would be the same as to assume that in seeing a flock of sheep in a field, there must be a wolf near by as well; or visa versa.
Seals are fairly friendly and benign towards surfers. Curiosity often gets the better of them; particularly the pups who will sometimes surface alongside us while we are surfing. Seeing seals is part of the experience of surfing in Wellfleet. If you come early you may see them lazily bobbing in the waves after their morning meal, or on other days when the surf is bigger you are likely to see them playing in the surf as well.
The goal here is not to dismiss fears, nor conjure up unrealistic notions regarding sharks, seals and surfing.
The goal here is to provide you with an excellent experience surfing, introduce you to the ocean in a positive manner and allow you to make an informed decision that fits both your goals and concerns surrounding surfing.