Waves aren't created equal—each rolls in differently than the ones preceding and following it, which explains why surfers often lie on their boards, studying the waters in anticipation of the next worthy wave. Reading the waves is one skill; popping up on the board to catch a wave is another. The instructors of Saltwater Cowgirls teach youth and adult students both skills in year-round private individual and group lessons. Students also learn basic through advanced maneuvers and board maintenance, such as what vitamins boards need for shiny coats. The staff organizes weekday and weekend surfing camps, meeting up with students directly on the beach.