The Philippine Surfing Academy is the largest and only Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) accredited surf school in the country. It is owned by Paolo Manuel Soler, the first Filipino surfing coach to be accredited by the ASI and certified as a surfing instructor. It has trained over 6,000 new surfers in the last three years (2009-2012) and has introduced innovative training programs such as SURFCUIT and GROM SURF CAMP, the first dealing with enhancing a surfer's existing skills and the second a program to teach students from 5 to 13 years old basic surfing.
Another innovation it has introduced is basic surfing lessons conducted in wave pools; the fastest, safest and easiest way for students to learn the rudiments of surfing. Lessons take place in mechanically produced 2 to 3 feet waves that are controlled electronically in terms of frequency, height and form. PSA surf pool schools are the BeachWaves and OceanWaves of Club Manila East in Taytay, Rizal (just 30 minutes from Metro Manila) and the Tsunami of Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center in the famous island of Boracay, which was recently named the best island resort destination in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Other PSA schools are situated in natural surfing sites in the Philippines, which are growing in international popularity because of their beauty and exemplary surfs. One famous wave, Cloud 9 in Siargao Island has been named the 8th best surfing spot in the world by CNN-Go.