Beginner Surf Lessons in the San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Cruz, CA

Beginner Surfing I - Learn How To Surf!

Surfing Lessons Available in Pacifica, CA (San Francisco), Half Moon Bay, & Santa Cruz, CA

  • 3 Hours of Lessons Each Day
  • All Gear Included
  • Maximum 4:1 Student to Instructor Ratio (often less)
  • Supportive, Expert Coaches – Lifeguard Certified
  • Fully Insured and Permitted Surf School – Don’t Settle For Less!
  • We teach Men, Women, and Kids – All Ages.

No Experience Necessary!


Beginner Surfing l is our popular two-day surf clinic that lasts three hours each day on two consecutive days. You are welcome to join us for just one day although we recommend that the beginner surfer with a true desire to learn how to surf take the full two days. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on there own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves!

Participants will begin with a land-lesson to learn about ocean awareness, wave breaks, ocean conditions, safety in and out of the water, wave etiquette, paddling, push up and pop up techniques, as well as riding waves and balancing. Then, students will move in to the water and start out in shallow areas riding the whitewater until they are comfortable with venturing further out. Our instructors are all CPR/First-Aid and lifeguard certified, and ready to teach you the basics of surfing. Participants can expect approximately 2 hours of water time in a 3 hour lesson – the start of the class does have some “setup” time built-in to get people suited up and down on to the beach, and the land lesson can take about 30-35 minutes. After surfing, we will get you out of the water in time to make it back to the parking lot by the “end time” of the class so that you have appropriate expectations of the class schedule.

We provide a safe and non-threatening environment for the beginning surfer – no angry localism here! Come have fun learning how to surf and explore the wonders of the ocean with our experienced guides. If you have ever thought about surfing and thought “no way”, think again! Lets catch some waves!

Dates Offered:
Clinics offered year-round, daily. For a complete list of dates, visit our: Activity Calendar.

Minimum number needed for class: 2 people
While it is rare, if you are the only person registered in your group surf class, we will contact you in advance and offer you a free reschedule or the opportunity to pay for an upgrade to a private lesson.
Maximum class size: While the overall class size may vary, the ratio of student to instructor will never exceed 4:1.

Your clinic includes:
Two days, three hours per day (the lesson is always held on 2 consecutive days, example: a 2-day class scheduled for January 1st at 9am will run January 1st and 2nd at 9am). All your gear is included – complementary surfboard & wetsuit; booties are supplied at our Pacifica location – wetsuit only (no booties) at our Santa Cruz location. If you have your own surfboard or wetsuit, you are welcome to bring them, we recommend all wetsuits are at least 4/3mm.

Your packing list:
We provide all the equipment for your surfing adventure! Just bring regular beach items: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snack & water.

Directions? Details? How do I sign up?
Clinics are held at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica (just 15 minutes from San Francisco). Linda Mar Beach is at the corner of Crespi Blvd and Highway 1 in Pacifica, CA. Clinics held in Santa Cruz are held either at Cowell’s Beach near the Municipal Wharf, or at Capitola Beach near the Capitola Esplanade. Click one of the registration links at the top or bottom of this page and you will be taken to our online reservation system where you can view schedules and locations. Directions, exact maps, and other details will all be provided during the registration process.

Pacifica: Frequently Asked Questions
Santa Cruz: Frequently Asked Questions

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