The longest-running surfing competition in the world, the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill, takes place on the North Coast this month. Former South African surfing champion and professional surfing coach, Quintin Jones, tell us about his surfing school and why he thinks youngsters should learn to surf…
There is something truly glorious about being able to paddle out into the ocean on a surf board and spend some time alone with mother nature. It truly is ‘food for the soul’ according to Quintin. Having started surfing at the age of 14, the Ballito surfing coach knows first-hand the benefits of getting up on a board from a young age. Over the course of his surfing career Quintin has represented South Africa both as a junior and a national surfer. He has won four SA titles, once taking fourth place at the ISA World Champs in Brazil. He competed on the WQS from 1992 to 2002.
But his true passion, Quintin says, is sharing his sheer love for the sport and the ocean with others. Having been a professional coach since 1996, Quintin has groomed and trained some of the country’s top athletes, as well as coaching junior provincial teams and then junior SA teams for four years. He has worked with three surfers who have made their way onto the WCT (World Championship Tour).
“I was teaching a real beginner recently and it reminded me why I started surfing. It wasn’t for the titles or the recognition, but for the sheer love of the sport. I decided to start offering a one-on-one learning experience for all ages and genders (from ages five and up).” His surfing school, QJ Learn to Surf is not just about standing up on the board, says Quintin, it is about the knowledge he is able to pass on about the ocean itself. And it’s about having fun, which is why he also offers family sessions, private parties and even team building events.
Quintin’s tips for beginners
• Whether you are a beginner or a pro, never rush out without checking what other surfers are doing in the water (look out for rips and currents).
• Remember that surfing is not just a sport – it’s a healthy soul-filling lifestyle!
Details: Quintin Jones: 083 630 3918 / qjsurfing2gmail.com