Reviews

Tony Church

January 2019

I've been wanting to take a surf lesson for years and my wife and I finally took the plunge. We are glad we did and SO glad we picked Vast Oceans! Pro surfer/owner Ryan and the staff here are absolutely top notch, you can tell they have a true love for the sport and are amazing, patient teachers. Prices were very fair for these guys' extensive knowledge and the excellent student experience they provide. They will take care of you and go the extra mile to make sure you have a great time.

We felt really safe with our instructor Aaron in the waves with us because he grew up surfing these breaks, and is a lifeguard too. Aaron had tons of great insights on body positioning on the board to catch waves, waxing your board, reading the waves, spotting rips, etc.

We ended up catching a bunch of waves and can't wait to come back to Vast Oceans for more!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:12:50+00:00
January 2019 I've been wanting to take a surf lesson for years and my wife and I finally took the plunge. We are glad we did and SO glad we picked Vast Oceans! Pro surfer/owner Ryan and the staff here are absolutely top notch, you can tell they have a true love for the sport and are amazing, patient teachers. Prices were very fair for these guys' extensive knowledge and the excellent student experience they provide. They will take care of you and go the extra mile to make sure you have a great time. We felt really safe with our instructor Aaron in the waves with us because he grew up surfing these breaks, and is a lifeguard too. Aaron had tons of great insights on body positioning on the board to catch waves, waxing your board, reading the waves, spotting rips, etc. We ended up catching a bunch of waves and can't wait to come back to Vast Oceans for more!

Sabrina Sanders

January 2019

Had a great time learning to surf with Vast Oceans. Ryan the owner was really sweet to open up his shop for us in the off season (actually during December holiday season!). We had a good lesson on the basics and we caught a couple waves!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:14:03+00:00
January 2019 Had a great time learning to surf with Vast Oceans. Ryan the owner was really sweet to open up his shop for us in the off season (actually during December holiday season!). We had a good lesson on the basics and we caught a couple waves!

Eli Reiman

December 2018

Ryan Ragan is an incredible instructor. I tried surfing a number of times previously with limited success. After an hour lesson, Ryan got me up on almost every wave. He is able to break down the concepts, and instill a sense of confidence. Worth every penny. Highly recommend.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:14:37+00:00
December 2018 Ryan Ragan is an incredible instructor. I tried surfing a number of times previously with limited success. After an hour lesson, Ryan got me up on almost every wave. He is able to break down the concepts, and instill a sense of confidence. Worth every penny. Highly recommend.

Stephen Wolf

December 2018

Had a great time (first surfing experience) fun and personable guy also. Check it out if you get the chance.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:15:15+00:00
December 2018 Had a great time (first surfing experience) fun and personable guy also. Check it out if you get the chance.

Janet Thorsen

November 2018

It was so fun, and a telly good teacher.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:16:05+00:00
November 2018 It was so fun, and a telly good teacher.

Monica Myers

November 2018

Ryan is a great guy. Full of knowledge and experience. The surf was small but he made sure I had a great time. I caught 20 waves and had tons of fun !!!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:16:55+00:00
November 2018 Ryan is a great guy. Full of knowledge and experience. The surf was small but he made sure I had a great time. I caught 20 waves and had tons of fun !!!

Sejong Youn

November 2018

Ryan was a great coach. Had my first surf lesson in Daytona beach - Ryan made sure we got the most experience out of it. Will be happy to go surfing again soon !
5.0
2016-08-29T16:17:49+00:00
November 2018 Ryan was a great coach. Had my first surf lesson in Daytona beach - Ryan made sure we got the most experience out of it. Will be happy to go surfing again soon !

Stephen Kalwasinski

November 2018

Even on a super rough day that wasn’t great for learning I was able to learn a lot from Ryan, and he got me up and going quickly. Great experience, will definitely be going back! Highly recommend
5.0
2016-08-29T16:19:15+00:00
November 2018 Even on a super rough day that wasn’t great for learning I was able to learn a lot from Ryan, and he got me up and going quickly. Great experience, will definitely be going back! Highly recommend

Lisa Garry

November 2018

Ryan gave our son a private surfing lesson for his 17th birthday. Our son had never been in the ocean before, but Ryan was patient, and our son was surfing by the end of the lesson. Thanks Ryan for an unforgettable experience for our entire family!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:19:51+00:00
November 2018 Ryan gave our son a private surfing lesson for his 17th birthday. Our son had never been in the ocean before, but Ryan was patient, and our son was surfing by the end of the lesson. Thanks Ryan for an unforgettable experience for our entire family!

Ian Frakes

November 2018

I learned how to surf on my very first day! They are very friendly and very good at what they do. I reccomend them to anybody who wants to learn how to surf
5.0
2016-08-29T16:20:21+00:00
November 2018 I learned how to surf on my very first day! They are very friendly and very good at what they do. I reccomend them to anybody who wants to learn how to surf

Brent Frakes

November 2018

The owner Ryan was awesome. Super friendly and a fun teacher to learn from. Loved the way he talked us through each step before releasing us to the ocean. It really was a blast!!! Would definitely recommend him if interested in surf lessons or rentals.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:21:11+00:00
November 2018 The owner Ryan was awesome. Super friendly and a fun teacher to learn from. Loved the way he talked us through each step before releasing us to the ocean. It really was a blast!!! Would definitely recommend him if interested in surf lessons or rentals.

Laura Frakes

November 2018

Surprised our boys with surf lessons and it didn't disappoint!! Ryan started us off with great instruction then talked us through the actual surfing. Many waves were way too big for me and our younger son so he grabbed the board for us to keep us from getting beat up. Took me and our youngest about 5 rides to get up and stay up but after that we were golden! My husband and our older boy were up on the first ride! Most fun we've ever had in the water and worth every penny! Highly recommend Ryan!!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:22:25+00:00
November 2018 Surprised our boys with surf lessons and it didn't disappoint!! Ryan started us off with great instruction then talked us through the actual surfing. Many waves were way too big for me and our younger son so he grabbed the board for us to keep us from getting beat up. Took me and our youngest about 5 rides to get up and stay up but after that we were golden! My husband and our older boy were up on the first ride! Most fun we've ever had in the water and worth every penny! Highly recommend Ryan!!

David Mosley

October 2018

Ryan's the best. Great instructor, excelent with the kids.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:23:13+00:00
October 2018 Ryan's the best. Great instructor, excelent with the kids.

Tyner Appel

September 2018

SUP Vast Oceans surf shop

Had a wonderful experience with a one-on-one session for stand up paddle boarding. Ryan is awesome. He is very enthusiastic about the sport. He had me standing up on the paddle board within 10 minutes, amongst the 2-3foot seas. The first part of the lesson was on the sand showing me proper posture and movements of the paddle. He guided me into the water and was with me every step of the way and gave me support and confidence to enable me to finally stand up.

Looking forward to more sessions with Ryan, looking forward also to doing the Eco tour in Ponce Inlet. Fantastic time today. Thank you Ryan.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:26:41+00:00
September 2018 SUP Vast Oceans surf shop Had a wonderful experience with a one-on-one session for stand up paddle boarding. Ryan is awesome. He is very enthusiastic about the sport. He had me standing up on the paddle board within 10 minutes, amongst the 2-3foot seas. The first part of the lesson was on the sand showing me proper posture and movements of the paddle. He guided me into the water and was with me every step of the way and gave me support and confidence to enable me to finally stand up. Looking forward to more sessions with Ryan, looking forward also to doing the Eco tour in Ponce Inlet. Fantastic time today. Thank you Ryan.

Mark Ayres

September 2018

Ryan has a true passion for surfing and teaching. He is certainly qualified with the experience of surfing and competing around the world through the years. Lessons are conducted by him personally. I would definitely recommend him for all your surfing needs.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:27:17+00:00
September 2018 Ryan has a true passion for surfing and teaching. He is certainly qualified with the experience of surfing and competing around the world through the years. Lessons are conducted by him personally. I would definitely recommend him for all your surfing needs.

Tom Brill

September 2018

Wanted to thank Ryan and his team at Vast Oceans yesterday for such an AWESOME time. We have been to several Surf Schools in California and Hawaii , this was by far our best experience. Ryan had a tent waiting for US to keep my family out of the very hot sun and from start to finish very accommodating.
We were taught everything from safety to technique and style, to learning on the beach how to get up before ever hitting the water. I must say Ryan was by far the best teacher we have had yet out of 5 different surf schools. He is kind and very alert to each of our needs and after every wave was able to tell US exactly what we did wrong and how to improve. A VERY HIGH 5 star experience , we highly recommend Vast Oceans. See you next year for sure. The Brill's
5.0
2016-08-29T16:28:55+00:00
September 2018 Wanted to thank Ryan and his team at Vast Oceans yesterday for such an AWESOME time. We have been to several Surf Schools in California and Hawaii , this was by far our best experience. Ryan had a tent waiting for US to keep my family out of the very hot sun and from start to finish very accommodating. We were taught everything from safety to technique and style, to learning on the beach how to get up before ever hitting the water. I must say Ryan was by far the best teacher we have had yet out of 5 different surf schools. He is kind and very alert to each of our needs and after every wave was able to tell US exactly what we did wrong and how to improve. A VERY HIGH 5 star experience , we highly recommend Vast Oceans. See you next year for sure. The Brill's

Greg Taylor

August 2018

I have been in the surf buisness for many years and have surfed for 46 years in Florida.
It's awesome to see teachers/pro surfers like Ryan not only have a passion to help begginers learn the sport correctly,and safely,but also his professional talent and knowledge goes far more then most I have worked with or have seen in Florida.
This is not a profession or a business that you're making a ton of money,it's more about the heart and the passion for others and loving the sport of surfing.
Ryan is that kind of coach in and out of the water.
Let's put aside his athletic ability and talent in the water,because he also understands it's what you do in the community and out of the water that counts as well.
I highly recommend Vast Ocean School and knowing that you have somebody who's travel the world, and surfed many places, there's no one better than Ryan.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:29:24+00:00
August 2018 I have been in the surf buisness for many years and have surfed for 46 years in Florida. It's awesome to see teachers/pro surfers like Ryan not only have a passion to help begginers learn the sport correctly,and safely,but also his professional talent and knowledge goes far more then most I have worked with or have seen in Florida. This is not a profession or a business that you're making a ton of money,it's more about the heart and the passion for others and loving the sport of surfing. Ryan is that kind of coach in and out of the water. Let's put aside his athletic ability and talent in the water,because he also understands it's what you do in the community and out of the water that counts as well. I highly recommend Vast Ocean School and knowing that you have somebody who's travel the world, and surfed many places, there's no one better than Ryan.

Lynn Gearhard

August 2018

Big thank you Ryan at Vast Oceans Surf School, this was our 3rd summer bringing our family to surf classes and WOW was it fun. If your looking for surf camps or lessons go no further Ryan is the best. His school is very fun and safe. Ryan is such an amazing teacher and we really trust him with our girls 9 and 11. Definitely Highly recommend Vast Oceans
5.0
2016-08-29T16:30:20+00:00
August 2018 Big thank you Ryan at Vast Oceans Surf School, this was our 3rd summer bringing our family to surf classes and WOW was it fun. If your looking for surf camps or lessons go no further Ryan is the best. His school is very fun and safe. Ryan is such an amazing teacher and we really trust him with our girls 9 and 11. Definitely Highly recommend Vast Oceans

Ryan Ellerton

August 2018

Had a SUP lesson for two this past weekend. Ryan is very passionate about what he does and provided great instruction! We'll likely return soon for another rental.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:31:01+00:00
August 2018 Had a SUP lesson for two this past weekend. Ryan is very passionate about what he does and provided great instruction! We'll likely return soon for another rental.

Paul Prato

August 2018

Ryan is a pro (literally) and helped me check off one of my major bucket list items. Working with his one-on-one instruction had me up and riding ...standing on several swells...something unheard of in first-time surfing instruction. Don’t settle, go with a multi-time champion. Best in Daytona.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:31:45+00:00
August 2018 Ryan is a pro (literally) and helped me check off one of my major bucket list items. Working with his one-on-one instruction had me up and riding ...standing on several swells...something unheard of in first-time surfing instruction. Don’t settle, go with a multi-time champion. Best in Daytona.

Miki Phillips

August 2018

Ryan is a good surf instructor. His surf shop is relaxed. All the employees are really sweet. Thanks for the lesson and for making my birthday super fun!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:32:59+00:00
August 2018 Ryan is a good surf instructor. His surf shop is relaxed. All the employees are really sweet. Thanks for the lesson and for making my birthday super fun!

Madison Darr

August 2018

If I could rate Ryan and his top knotch crew a 10, I would! After my first lesson with ryan I purchased 6 more, he is AMAZING! I also purchased a board from him which he hand picked for me to meet my surfing needs. He is an amazing instructior and wants to ensure you have a great time.
I look forward to many more surf lessons from Ryan. He is so easy to get ahold of to schedule lessons and always willing to lend a helping hand to ensure you have the best experience ever. If you want to learn how to surf, Ryan is your guy. He had me up on my fist wave!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:33:38+00:00
August 2018 If I could rate Ryan and his top knotch crew a 10, I would! After my first lesson with ryan I purchased 6 more, he is AMAZING! I also purchased a board from him which he hand picked for me to meet my surfing needs. He is an amazing instructior and wants to ensure you have a great time. I look forward to many more surf lessons from Ryan. He is so easy to get ahold of to schedule lessons and always willing to lend a helping hand to ensure you have the best experience ever. If you want to learn how to surf, Ryan is your guy. He had me up on my fist wave!

Ben oliver

August 2018

We brought our kids to Vast Oceans Surf Camp/ School for a week straight and we can not speak highly enough about our experience. The kid's have not stopped talking about Ryan and surfing with A PRO.
Ryan was so helpful and accommodating each day throughout the week. We thought he had his hands full with our group, but he and his instructor Jimmy were terrific. Definitely the highlight of our summer and we are making this an annual trip. Great waves and fun had by all of US.

We highly recommend Vast Oceans Surf and Sup School to any parents with children. Great Experience. The Oliver's *****
5.0
2016-08-29T16:34:28+00:00
August 2018 We brought our kids to Vast Oceans Surf Camp/ School for a week straight and we can not speak highly enough about our experience. The kid's have not stopped talking about Ryan and surfing with A PRO. Ryan was so helpful and accommodating each day throughout the week. We thought he had his hands full with our group, but he and his instructor Jimmy were terrific. Definitely the highlight of our summer and we are making this an annual trip. Great waves and fun had by all of US. We highly recommend Vast Oceans Surf and Sup School to any parents with children. Great Experience. The Oliver's *****

Megan Joyce

August 2018

AMAZING!!!! We flew in from California and was told about this Vast
Ocean Surf Shop from my best friend. Oh Wow so glad I came here!! What else can I say not only did the surf staff reassure me that it will be an unforgettable experience but it definitely turned out this way. I loved every minute of it. Ryan, a professional surfer is so friendly and kind. He even know's how to reassure children and make them feel comfortable in the water and not fear it. My son wants a surf board now!! So close
to Disneyland too!
I will definitely be back with my entire family next year!! Thank you VAST OCEAN SURF AND SUP SCHOOL
5.0
2016-08-29T16:35:09+00:00
August 2018 AMAZING!!!! We flew in from California and was told about this Vast Ocean Surf Shop from my best friend. Oh Wow so glad I came here!! What else can I say not only did the surf staff reassure me that it will be an unforgettable experience but it definitely turned out this way. I loved every minute of it. Ryan, a professional surfer is so friendly and kind. He even know's how to reassure children and make them feel comfortable in the water and not fear it. My son wants a surf board now!! So close to Disneyland too! I will definitely be back with my entire family next year!! Thank you VAST OCEAN SURF AND SUP SCHOOL

Joe Tabb

August 2018

Had a great time! Ryan is a great teacher and I highly recommend him!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:36:04+00:00
August 2018 Had a great time! Ryan is a great teacher and I highly recommend him!

Madison Darr

August 2018

Ryan and his staff were amazing! We had a great time and plan to take lessons on a weekly basis. He is amazing!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:36:34+00:00
August 2018 Ryan and his staff were amazing! We had a great time and plan to take lessons on a weekly basis. He is amazing!

Deandra Petkus

August 2018

Amazing at teaching how to surf. My friends were able to stand up and surf first day!! Jimmy did a great job on the water guiding them to great waves.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:38:26+00:00
August 2018 Amazing at teaching how to surf. My friends were able to stand up and surf first day!! Jimmy did a great job on the water guiding them to great waves.

Taven Woodie

July 2018

It’s was super fun! And it was very one on one!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:39:12+00:00
July 2018 It’s was super fun! And it was very one on one!

Bill Paris

July 2018

Why is Ryan Ragan *RAD*? Ryan had me standing up on my board inside of an hour! I tried a couple of other surfing schools in the Daytona Beach area, and did not feel as confident in my skills as I felt with Ryan. You can tell that surfing is his passion, and it is evident in his teaching style. I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan as a teacher and surfing professional. He is super patient, and inspires and empowers his students to perform beyond their expectations. Run, do not walk to his school and sign up *now*.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:40:58+00:00
July 2018 Why is Ryan Ragan *RAD*? Ryan had me standing up on my board inside of an hour! I tried a couple of other surfing schools in the Daytona Beach area, and did not feel as confident in my skills as I felt with Ryan. You can tell that surfing is his passion, and it is evident in his teaching style. I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan as a teacher and surfing professional. He is super patient, and inspires and empowers his students to perform beyond their expectations. Run, do not walk to his school and sign up *now*.

Theresa Matella

July 2018

🏄 ‍♂️🌊My kids LOVED surfing with Ryan! They can’t stop talking about it!! What an amazing experience and a super awesome, down to earth guy. He is energetic, confident, and bad*ss! My kids learned so much, so fast! Everyone was shocked on how much they learned over 3 days. This guy is like fam, made my kids LOVE surfing & boosted up their confidence instatantly. Amazing lessons with an all around super, awesome, gnarly guy! Thanks Ryan!! 🌊🏄 ‍♂️
5.0
2016-08-29T16:41:57+00:00
July 2018 🏄 ‍♂️🌊My kids LOVED surfing with Ryan! They can’t stop talking about it!! What an amazing experience and a super awesome, down to earth guy. He is energetic, confident, and bad*ss! My kids learned so much, so fast! Everyone was shocked on how much they learned over 3 days. This guy is like fam, made my kids LOVE surfing & boosted up their confidence instatantly. Amazing lessons with an all around super, awesome, gnarly guy! Thanks Ryan!! 🌊🏄 ‍♂️

Ashley Spener

July 2018

Learning to surf never really crossed my mind until my dad mentioned it and I wanted to do it.Ryan Ragan will believe in you and you’ll do good.He taught us really well and I learned to surf in three days.i could stand and actually surf, So I highly recommend him if you want to learn to surf amazing.you will get taught really good.
P.s:I’d give him 6 stars possibly more if I could.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:42:46+00:00
July 2018 Learning to surf never really crossed my mind until my dad mentioned it and I wanted to do it.Ryan Ragan will believe in you and you’ll do good.He taught us really well and I learned to surf in three days.i could stand and actually surf, So I highly recommend him if you want to learn to surf amazing.you will get taught really good. P.s:I’d give him 6 stars possibly more if I could.

Amy Moran

July 2018

This is the best place to take surf lessons. Ryan Ragan is the best instructor ever. He is so patient when he taught my 11 year old son how to surf. He also is a great man. My son cant wait to go back and see him and take some more lessons.
5.0
2016-08-29T16:44:09+00:00
July 2018 This is the best place to take surf lessons. Ryan Ragan is the best instructor ever. He is so patient when he taught my 11 year old son how to surf. He also is a great man. My son cant wait to go back and see him and take some more lessons.

Lanore W

July 2018

Best Experience Ever! Signed my son up for surf lessons with Ryan. Having a professional surfer as an instructor was incredible. Ryan is confident, fun and knowledgeable. Had a lesson on safety and technique before hitting the water. Brought out several boards on the second lesson so my son could see what worked best for him. Even brought out a tent for our family. Ryan made it a great experience for all involved and it was amazing to see our son out there surfing like a pro just after two lessons!
5.0
2016-08-29T16:44:48+00:00
July 2018 Best Experience Ever! Signed my son up for surf lessons with Ryan. Having a professional surfer as an instructor was incredible. Ryan is confident, fun and knowledgeable. Had a lesson on safety and technique before hitting the water. Brought out several boards on the second lesson so my son could see what worked best for him. Even brought out a tent for our family. Ryan made it a great experience for all involved and it was amazing to see our son out there surfing like a pro just after two lessons!

Grace Hoffman

July 2018

Ryan was very confident in his ability to get my husband started surfing. We appreciated that he let him use the surf board after the lesson for a while. I messed up one of his surf boards by leaving it in the sun, and he was very patient and kind with me. I would recommend Ryan to anyone I knew traveling to Daytona Beach.

 
5.0
2016-08-29T16:45:32+00:00
July 2018 Ryan was very confident in his ability to get my husband started surfing. We appreciated that he let him use the surf board after the lesson for a while. I messed up one of his surf boards by leaving it in the sun, and he was very patient and kind with me. I would recommend Ryan to anyone I knew traveling to Daytona Beach.  
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