Head surf instructor at the Newquay Activity Centre Jorrin Massingham explains iAM BANDS scale.
We are very pleased to say that the iAM BANDS scheme has chosen the Newquay Activity Centre to be an official affiliate for the program. For those who have never heard of iAM BANDS, it is an independent ability measure scheme designed for use within sport. Conjured up by professional surfer Sam Lamiroy, the idea is that people are measured on their ability within a sport by an authorized assessment centre in order to record their progress. As a surf school we are obviously using the initiative to determine surfer’s levels of ability that come to us for tuition and lessons.
Surfing Tuition – Detailed Progression
The iAM BANDS surfing ability measure template is very specific as you can see from the image above. It is proving to be a fantastic way of measuring each surfer’s ability that come through the doors at the Newquay Activity Centre and helping them progress when they come back each time. The great thing about iAM BANDS is that they give each surfer goals to achieve within the sport as well as being able to keep tabs on how far along you have come within a certain time frame. The simple but slick concept and design is proving really popular with lots of surfers around the world. Local professional surfer Ben Skinner is categorized as grey in the iAM BAND’s scale, which is the ‘elite’ classification. Ben who has competed around the world professionally most recently came third in the long board world championships in China. He is undoubtedly worthy of the second highest ranking on the scale that has 10 categories in total.
Ben Skinner rides the huge Cribbar wave in Newquay in October.
Surf Lessons – What iAM BAND are you?
All you need to do to be verified is visit one of the associated authorised iAM BANDS assessment centres where you can be assessed and put on the scale. We offer surf lessons all year round here at our centre and with professional surf instructors on hand including ex British champion Johnny Fryer on the team you are in good hands. We provide private lessons, closed group lessons, cluster packages, surf lessons and hire and surf trips abroad and you can be assessed on any of them. Get in touch on 01637 877722 to book your preferred surf lesson choice.
A beginner surfer gets assessed at Fistral Beach.
An intermediate surfer gets assessed on one of our surf coaching holidays in Morocco.