To be part of the intermediate surf course, you’re supposed to have surfed before and to be able to stand on the board on most of your attempts. You’re also supposed to be able to paddle up to the waves, which should not exceed one metre or, at the most, not rise further than your chest.
At this stage in your progress, you will learn to take the drop when surfing green waves and to descend to the base of the wave. The most important manoeuvre at this stage, preceding all others, is to be able to do a bottom turn, i.e., to turn at the base of the wave. Only when you are skilled at this technique will you be able to progress to other types of manoeuvres such as the off-the-lip, the cutback and floater, and other manoeuvres.