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Our most recommended California Surfing Lessons

  • Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

    1. Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

    Meet your guide at Venice Beach, one of the most famous and lively beaches in California. Take part in a 2-hour group surfing lesson which is ideal for everyone from beginners (even first timers!) to upper intermediate levels.  Start the lesson by getting geared up with the wetsuits and surfboards. Head down to the sand with your group of 5-6 fellow students. Spend the first 30-40 minutes training on the beach and learning all the important aspects of surfing. Your professional certified instructors will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, enjoy 40 minutes with an instructor(s) in the ocean getting coaching and helpful pushes. The remaining time will be yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. After the class, an instructor will lead you to an outdoor public shower w...

    This was my first time surfing and I can’t imagine it being a better experience. The on land instructions we very detailed and clear and helped me a lot in the water. The instructor was with us the whole time giving advices and assistance whenever needed. Even it’s a group class, I felt like each of us had plenty of personal attention. The water didn’t feel cold thanks to the wetsuit. This was a fantastic memorable experience and I would never forget my first wave!

  • La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

    2. La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

    Has learning to surf been your dream? Your dream can become a reality on the calm waters of La Jolla Shores, the best spot to learn. Your experienced instructors are eager to share their passion for surfing with beginners and intermediates alike: no experience necessary, all equipment provided. Your instructors respect each student’s choice regarding his or her level of participation in the lesson, and comfort in the water. You’ll have fun learning how to surf in a safe environment. Your experienced instructor will teach you the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety on land, before heading into the water to catch some waves with your group. Continually voted one of the best spots for beginner and intermediate surfers in San Diego, the calm waters of La Jolla Shores are an ideal place to learn how to surf in a fun, yet safe environment. Public and private options are available.

    It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I had a great instructor that new what he was doing & gave me the one on on time I needed. It was unforgettable.

  • Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

    3. Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

    Experience a fully private surf lesson which is great for people who have always wanted to learn to surf or who just want to improve their surf game.  Even first-timers are welcome to join and with a private tour, you'll be able to learn at your own pace.  Learn from your professional certified instructor, who will help make you more comfortable on the surfboard and in the water. This lesson will meet in the world famous Venice Beach, where people of all ages gather to enjoy the beautiful Southern California sun and surf. Before your lesson, get outfitted with a wet suit and surfboard before heading down to the beach. Depending on your level, either go straight to the line up with the instructor or have an extended training session on the sand as you learn all the important aspects of surfing. Your instructor will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end...

    Such a fun surf lesson! My best friend and I booked this private lesson and had Nick as our instructor. He was nice, patient and made sure we were safe out on the water. We were able to lock our backpacks while surfing in the super cute school bus turned surf bus. We even took a few cute pics after the lesson in front of the bus. Overall, great lesson at a great beach. Would absolutely recommend it!

  • Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

    4. Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

    Learn to surf the waves of Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches! These surf sessions give you a foundation in this exciting water sport. Meet your instructor at Mondo's Beach, south of Santa Barbara, and learn about the finer points of catching waves during a beach lesson and while in the water. The instructor will begin with a beach lesson reviewing: how to position yourself on the board, paddling techniques and proper stance. Once in the water students will get pointers on maneuvering waves, balance techniques and surf etiquette. Most of the guests "get up" within the first hour in the water! For the half-day option, pack your own lunch and enjoy a lunch break. Relax on the sand and enjoy drinks and food while recharging. A cooler will be provided for you to keep your lunches cool during the session. The seasoned instructors have years of experience in guiding lessons an...

  • Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

    5. Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

    Launch from the sand of Santa Barbara’s West Beach and follow your guide along Santa Barbara’s famous surf spot, the Sandspit. Admire panoramic views of the Waterfront, Santa Ynez Mountains, the Channel Islands, the Riviera, Stearns Wharf, and more. Paddle through the calm waters of Santa Barbara's harbor and enjoy views of sailboats, yachts, and fishing vessels. Learn valuable insight from your guide into the local landscape, topography, wildlife, and history of the harbor, as well as the best places to enjoy a fresh-caught meal.

  • Malibu Beach: Surf Tour in a Vintage VW Van

    6. Malibu Beach: Surf Tour in a Vintage VW Van

    Enjoy a truly unique Californian experience as you hop into a vintage VW campervan and head up north towards Malibu. Ride along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Southern California. Stop at Malibu Pier for a quick tour and at a few other great viewpoints along the way.  It doesn't matter if you've never surfed before or if you are an intermediate or advanced surfer, all of the guides are professional surf instructors and they will be happy to help you both on land and in the water. If you don’t feel like surfing you will still enjoy this experience by exploring the beach with its serene views and various wildlife. Surf and relax for a couple hours and then cook lunch at the van to renew your energy. You can also do a quick photoshoot with the van at different locations. Keep your eyes out as you sip a warm tea, usually sea lions, dolphins and a large variety of birds are spotted...

  • Ventura: 1.5-Hour Private Beginner's Surf Lesson

    7. Ventura: 1.5-Hour Private Beginner's Surf Lesson

    Learn to surf at Mondos Beach with a private 1.5-hour beginner's surf lesson. Take advantage of the more gentle waves and generous space at Mondos Beach as you pick up the techniques and etiquette of surfing. Meet your instructor at the surf van located on Mondos Beach and get suited up in a wetsuit. Grab a longboard and walk to the sand for beach instructions. You'll be briefed on water and surf safety, etiquette, and proper technique before jumping into the ocean to catch some waves. Follow your instructor as they coach and push you into waves to give you an experience that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the gentle long breaking waves of Mondo Beach lending itself to longer rides for you. Your lesson is private so you or your group can have their own instructor and a more personalized experience.

    This surf lesson really made our trip to Ventura special! It was a really fun lesson and our guide, Quincy, was excellent and patient with us beginner surfers. He first showed us how to pop up on the sand before going into the water and then once we were out there, he guided us through which waves to take and when to pop up. He was also really nice and good to talk to between waves. It was great that the wetsuit was included because the water was a little cold and that they had us use foam surfboards. It was pretty easy to stand up on the boards they provided. Overall, loved this experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun beach activity. 10/10!

  • Group Surf Lesson for 5 Persons

    8. Group Surf Lesson for 5 Persons

    Hit the waves in Southern California with some of the best instructors in the industry. The instructors are patient, lovers of the sport and thrive on teaching beginners and experts about ocean conditions, surf etiquette, and proper technique. Learn the proper way to put on a wetsuit, work on footwork on the beach, and the proper way to paddle.  Surfing just isn't a physical sport, but one of the best ways to spend time in the outside too. Before you kow it, you'll be shredding the waves and hanging ten! Each lesson is two hours long and the instructor will help you every step of the way.

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What people are saying about California

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

This surf lesson really made our trip to Ventura special! It was a really fun lesson and our guide, Quincy, was excellent and patient with us beginner surfers. He first showed us how to pop up on the sand before going into the water and then once we were out there, he guided us through which waves to take and when to pop up. He was also really nice and good to talk to between waves. It was great that the wetsuit was included because the water was a little cold and that they had us use foam surfboards. It was pretty easy to stand up on the boards they provided. Overall, loved this experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun beach activity. 10/10!

This was my first time surfing and I can’t imagine it being a better experience. The on land instructions we very detailed and clear and helped me a lot in the water. The instructor was with us the whole time giving advices and assistance whenever needed. Even it’s a group class, I felt like each of us had plenty of personal attention. The water didn’t feel cold thanks to the wetsuit. This was a fantastic memorable experience and I would never forget my first wave!

Such a fun surf lesson! My best friend and I booked this private lesson and had Nick as our instructor. He was nice, patient and made sure we were safe out on the water. We were able to lock our backpacks while surfing in the super cute school bus turned surf bus. We even took a few cute pics after the lesson in front of the bus. Overall, great lesson at a great beach. Would absolutely recommend it!

This is a MUST DO experience in Los Angeles! Surfing was on my bucket list for years and I finally got to try it in sunny Cali. Stood up for a few seconds and those were the best few seconds of my life!

It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I had a great instructor that new what he was doing & gave me the one on on time I needed. It was unforgettable.