Ana Mae of Ulap Siyam is definitely the best to go to if you're looking to learn about basic surfing techniques from paddling, technical pop-up as well as maneuver and speed. And of course, safety.
What I liked about my experience was the approach when it comes to teaching newbies. Some beginners might feel uneasy around professional surfers but Mai-Mai has totally made it comfortable for me. Surfing lessons with her are not just educational but also fun.
I also highly appreciate what she taught me about paddling and that she encouraged me to actually do that while we were having surfing lessons and not just spoon-feed me by pushing the board. I was taught the importance of paddling. It actually also depends on the learner. I specifically asked not to be spoon-fed as I seriously wanted to surf on my own. You can always tell her what you are comfortable with.
I wish I could have stayed longer on the island to learn more but I'll definitely be back and will still get her as my instructor.