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Our most recommended California, United States Surfing lessons

Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson in Santa Monica

1. Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson in Santa Monica

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 the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, spend the remaining time with the instructor in the ocean. After the class, follow the instructor to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. This private lesson can be booked for 1 or 2 people and basic swimming skills are required in order to join. You don't need to worry about your belongings, which will be securely stored in the locked surf school van. If you've always been interested in surfing and you prefer a private, customized experience, then this is the lesson for you!

Santa Monica: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

2. Santa Monica: 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 where you will be able to rinse off. Don't worry about your belongings, as you will be able to leave everything locked in the surf school van. 

La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

3. 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.

Pismo Beach: Surf Lessons with Instructor

4. Pismo Beach: Surf Lessons with Instructor

Hit the water and feel the thrill of riding a wave with the help of an instructor with this group surfing lesson on Pismo Beach. Increase your beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfing skills with a lesson that is taught to your level. Meet your surf instructor and get set up with your high-quality soft-top surfboard, surf leash, wetsuit, and rash-guard. Once on the beach, your instructor will run through instructions and provide the group with a security briefing to ensure you feel confident in the water. Get step-by-step instructions on the proper techniques for paddling, positioning, standing, and getting through waves. Master how to stand up before hitting the water. Catch some waves and experience the rush of riding the water on your own.

San Diego: Private Group Surf Lesson

5. San Diego: Private Group Surf Lesson

Hit the waves in Southern California with some of the best instructors in the industry on a group surf lesson in San Diego just for you. Learn about ocean conditions, surf etiquette, and proper technique. Hone your skills or pick up a new hobby after this fun experience out in the ocean. Learn the proper way to put on a wetsuit, work on footwork on the beach, and the best way to paddle before heading out into the water. Make the most of learning from a dedicated instructor just for your group. Feel safe knowing your instructor is never far away and before you know it, you'll be shredding the waves and hanging ten like the locals.

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 in this area.

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.

Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

8. 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.

San Diego: Private Surf Lesson

9. San Diego: Private Surf Lesson

Hit the waves in Southern California on a private surf lesson in San Diego. Make the most of your instructor's full attention and learn about ocean conditions, surf etiquette, and proper technique. Put your wetsuit on and head out into the water with your instructor by your side. Learn the proper way to put on a wetsuit, work on footwork on the beach, and the best way to paddle before gliding into the Pacific Ocean to catch some waves. Feel safe every moment of the way with your instructor near you at all times. Immerse yourself in local culture and stay active while in San Diego. Before you know it, you'll be shredding the waves and hanging ten like the locals.

Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

10. Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

This is a simple introduction for a first-time surfer or someone who has tried surfing a few times and needs some pointers. The instruction starts with 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. Santa Barbara Adventure Company’s surf lessons offer students a great foundation for this exciting sport. Our knowledgeable instructors have over 25 years of combined experience and will use their skills to point out the finer points of catching waves. Instructors choose surf sites based on the current swell and tide conditions, finding the best breaks for successful learning. Lessons require a minimum of four students.

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4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Two hours were very exhausting but it was fun and you could even stand a few waves. Would definitely do it again. :) Even with not so good English you can understand the trainer well and follow. In my group, 4 out of 5 people actually spoke German

We had an absolute blast with these lessons! We were standing up in no time, and our instructor was so much fun and taught us a ton. We had a beautiful day in Pismo, and are so glad we booked this experience. We can't wait to go surfing again!

Eden and John were great instructors. perfect balance of helping us and keeping us safe with doing our own thing. highly recommended.

Very cool guides and great scenery! Allows even beginners a great surfing experience.

Beautiful experience, the instructors are really good !! Super recommended !!!!!