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Kahalu’u Surf and Sea

Kahalu’u Surf and Sea

Surf, SUP & Snorkel Rentals & Lessons

FROM$12 per day
Based on 965 reviews

Spending time in Kona, Hawaii and want to learn to ride the waves? Kahalu'u Surf and Sea offers surf lessons that use tried and true techniques, taught by friendly, certified instructors. Their Kona surf store also offers lessons and rental gear for popular Big Island pastimes like snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding. read more

Paddle Sports Center

Paddle Sports Center

SUP, Kayak, Surf Rentals & Tours

FROM$20 per 2 hrs
Based on 952 reviews

Sandwiched between rugged coastal mountains and south-facing beaches, Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. The dramatic geography and warm Mediterranean climate are best appreciated on the ocean, by kayak. Paddle Sports Center has kayak, SUP and surf rentals, as well as expert guided tours that offer you a front row seat to view wildlife of the region, from sea lions to sea stars, pelicans to dolphins.read more

Pine Grove Surf Club

Pine Grove Surf Club

SUP, Snorkel, Surf Rentals & Lessons

FROM$25 per 2 hrs
Based on 214 reviews

At Pine Grove Surf Club you are always treated like family. The Nogales brothers have over 30 years of experience in the water, and pride themselves in providing their customers the best experience possible whether you are surfing , snorkeling, paddleboarding or kayaking. Learn the art of surfing at the best beach in Puerto Rico, paddle the mangrove ecosystems or snorkel Isla Verde's nature reserve coral reef.read more



Kayak, SUP & Surf Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$30 per 2 hrs
Based on 217 reviews

Paddling a kayak or a stand up paddleboard is a must-do while visiting the Sarasota area. SURFit USA offers kayak and SUP rentals at two locations: the famous Lido mangrove tunnels and Siesta Key, as well as several tours daily in both locations. Discover a bird rookery, private beaches, and wildlife like dolphins and manatees. They also offer SUP lessons, surf camps and SUP yoga!read more

SoBe Surf & Paddle

SoBe Surf & Paddle

Surfing, Kayak & SUP Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$35 per 2 hrs
Based on 347 reviews

SoBe Surf & Paddle has waterfront kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, tours and lessons near Cocoa Beach on the Banana River Lagoon Wildlife Aquatic Preserve. They have a huge selection of equipment for all skills and levels, and offer a free intro clinic with SUP rentals. Guided tours start from their private launch, with an expert tour guide showing you wildlife like manatees, dolphins, birds and fish. Or take a lesson and learn how to SUP or surf from professional SUP surfers and expert instructors.read more

North Shore Surf Girls

North Shore Surf Girls

SUP, Surf Lessons & Rentals

FROM$40 per 2 hrs
Based on 1472 reviews

The North Shore Surf Girls Surf School is located on the storied North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. They specialize in beginner surfing and SUP lessons and board rentals for those who want to explore Oahu famous waters. North Shore Surf Girls strives to provide an inclusive, fun, and safe experience for people of all ages, from all over the world, to learn how to surf.read more

Lovewater Surf School

Lovewater Surf School

Surfing Lessons

FROM$65 per 1.5 hrs
Based on 212 reviews

Lovewater Surf Co offers beginner through advanced surfing lessons in Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA. Lovewater is a family run surf school with a grassroots vibe offering customized private, semi-private and group surf lessons!read more

Ohana Surf Project
FROM$69 per 1 hr
Based on 594 reviews

Surf the waves of renowned Waikiki Beach with Ohana Surf Project. Learn the techniques and tips from surfing experts to ride the waves like a pro. Family-friendly, inspiring, invigorating and fun! read more



Surfing & SUP Lessons, Rental & Tours

FROM$75 per 1.5 hrs
Based on 119 reviews

iSurf's goal is to providing the best surf lessons on the central coast for both quality and price. The professional instructors focus on how to catch waves, better understand the ocean and move on to more advanced surfing techniques. read more

Laguna Ethos

Laguna Ethos

Kayaking Tours & Surfing Lessons

FROM$75 per 1.5 hrs
Based on 116 reviews

Enjoy the natural beauty of Laguna Beach with 1.5 hr semi-private surfing lessons or a guided kayak adventure. Learn to paddle out, pop up and catch some waves on Laguna's most coveted beginner surf beach. Or kayak through a wildlife sanctuary along one of the most beautiful coastlines in California and explore hidden beaches, cliffs, see sea lions, dolphins and more! Family friendly, and no experience necessary!read more

What are the different types of Surfing?

The origin of surfing waves is not completely known but lie in ancient Polynesian cultures. In the early 20th century, correlating with Hawaii’s growth as a tourist destination, surfing experienced a boom and the activity rapidly spread to California and Australia. Surfing has come a very long way since then, with surfers now riding the waves on just about every coast!

Beginner Surfing

This is not a true surfing style but more of the type of waves that a beginner should ride and how to choose the appropriate board. Large surfboards are recommended for beginners and it is wise for beginners to start on mellow waves that aren’t too fast or tall.

Longboard Surfing

Longboards are about 9′ in length and have a high buoyancy.  This creates stability on the board which helps with balance.  Longboards make it easy for surfers to move across their board as they are surfing waves and perform certain tricks like the “hang-ten”.  Longboards are typically used by beginners who are just getting started surfing, as they make it easier to catch waves and maintain balance.

Shortboard Surfing

More experienced surfers typically use shortboards.  They offer more versatility and are easier to maneuver for tricks. At 5.5’ to 6.5’, shortboards are more difficult in catching waves and maintaining balance, but surfers already experienced in the basics like their ability to handle difficult turns and tricks.

Big Wave Surfing

Expert surfers tackle waves from 9’ to 20’ and even up to 80’ in height, hence the name Big Wave Surfing. They use gun boards ranging from 7′ to 12′ ft in length that help the surfer with the control they need to handle these monster waves.

Wake Surfing

It is a newer type of surfing that allows surfers to surf on otherwise flat water, like lakes. Surfers use the wake behind a boat to surf, and since the wave continues behind the boat, surfers can keep surfing for much longer than a regular wave.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing

SUP surfing originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of traditional surfing. Beginning from a standing position and having the control of a paddle makes it easier to propel through the water. Stand-up paddleboards typically range from 9’ to 12’.

Book your surfing lessons now with TripOutside and learn from the experts in the top surfing destinations.  Or rent a board and practice your skills on your own!

Surfing Lessons Near Me 

Surfing is a beloved water sport by outdoor enthusiasts and those who are into board sports. From finding the best surfing in California to riding the big wave in Hawaii, below are some top-notch places TripOutside recommends for surfing lessons.  

Surfing Lessons California

Malibu Surfing Lessons

Known for its celebrity homes and stunning beaches, Malibu is located in western LA County, California. Beginners can take lessons to surf with gentle, stable waves, while experts can head out to do the bigger stuff. Whatever level you are at, the iconic Malibu beaches have some of the best surfing in California.  Book your surfing lessons in Malibu on TripOutside!

Santa Barbara Surfing

Santa Barbara is located on the central California coast and is popular for its comfortable climate throughout the year, beautiful beaches and plentiful watersports, scenic views, and upscale boutiques. While the majority of tourists and locals hang out on the shore, surfers make the most of the stunning sea. Santa Barbara is home to some of the great surf breaks with world-class waves. Local surf shops in Santa Barbara provide semi-private, private and group surfing lessons, and surfboard rentals for those looking to take up or practice riding the waves.

San Diego Surfing Lessons

Located on the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is a popular tourist destination. With 70 miles of open ocean coastline, it also makes for some of the best surfing in California. You can easily rent a surfboard or take surfing lessons from many qualified surf schools in San Diego. Find the best surfing lessons in San Diego, and you will soon be surfing confidently on the famous Mission beach like a pro.

Hawaii Surfing

Honolulu Surfing

Surfing was first introduced in Hawaii and is closely linked with its culture and history. When you are dreaming of wave riding, there’s no greater place to learn to surf and really connect with the ocean. Whether you are a surfing expert or a complete novice, a Hawaii surfing excursion is the perfect chance to catch some legit waves. From Sandy Beach and Diamond Head Beach in Honolulu to Yokohama Bay on the West Side, TripOutside brings you the best local experts for surfing lessons. TripOutside also features the best local shops for Hawaii surfing lessons in Haleiwa, Kauai, and Maui

Surfing Lessons Florida

Pensacola Surfing

Pensacola is on the panhandle of Florida and is known for its beautiful beaches with white sands and emerald green waters. While beachgoers like to relax on a sunny day near the peaceful shorelines, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy water sports like surfing and paddleboarding at the beach. Some of the best surfing in Florida can be found in Pensacola. TripOutside features the best local shops in Pensacola for private and group surfing lessons and surfboard rentals.

Surfing Lessons South Carolina

Charleston Surfing

Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina and is popular for its historic places, beautiful beaches, cobblestone walkways, and much more. One of Charleston’s best surfing spots is Folly Beach.  Folly Beach is popular with surfers, kayakers, and coastal paddlers.  TripOutside lets you book surfing lessons from the local Charleston experts quickly and easily.

Is Surfing Dangerous for Beginners?

Surfing is generally a safe board sport for beginners.  The inherent risks that come with surfing waves become more of a challenge for advanced surfers that are catching bigger waves in deeper waters. Surfing does come with inherent risks, but most of them can be mitigated with proper training.  

Taking surfing lessons from a qualified surfing instructor will lower your risk greatly.  You will also learn about how certain weather and ocean conditions play a huge role in the safety of surfing. Other risks include the interactions with sharks, jellyfish or stingrays, which you should be prepared for in advance. Surf instructors will make sure you have the right equipment and are surfing in a spot that is appropriate for your skill level.  

What to Wear Surfing?

Surfers tend to wear board shorts or bikinis with rash guards. Neoprene wetsuits are frequently worn in colder waters. Apart from this, bathing suit, speedo’s, bikini, everything works well.

Things to bring:

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water & snacks
  • Rashguard
  • Clothes for before and after

What not to bring:

  • Jewelry
  • Watch
  • Glasses/Goggles
  • Water shoes
  • Camera/GoPro

When is the Best Time of Year to Surf?

California Surfing

California sees amazing weather throughout the year. Fall, winter, and spring are the ideal seasons to surf in Central California when northwest swells are pretty common.  In the summertime, you can occasionally discover some breaks that pick up some southern swells.

Hawaii Surfing

Peak Hawaii surfing season is between November and March when large swells are likely to kick in. One of the best times is between March and May, with amazing waves and fewer crowds. 

South Carolina Surfing

The best time to surf is in the fall season when temperatures range from the 60s to the 80s.  Surfing in Charleston is popular year-round because of the moderate winters.

Florida Surfing

The average surfing season in Florida runs from early August through winter, and well into mid-spring. The primary swell season is winter, which goes from November to March. 

What to Wear Surfing

Essential Gear for Surfing

  • Surfboard
  • Surf Accessories (fin puller, ear plugs, dry bag)
  • First aid kit

What to Wear for Surfing

Helpful Items to Pack for Surfing