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Drake Hickman Surfing School
FROM$45 per 2 hrs
Based on 72 reviews

Big Wave surfer Drake Hickman and his team of professional instructors provide private, semi-private and group surf lessons in small, safe conditions at some of the most consistent waves in Florida on New Smyrna Beach. Surf lessons are 2 hours, and great fun for all ages! Surfboards and rashguards provided.read more

Kauai Surf School

Kauai Surf School

Surfing Lessons at Poipu Beach

FROM$75 per 1.5 hrs
Based on 65 reviews

Learn to surf with Kauai Surf School right on gorgeous Poipu Beach. Group, private and kids lessons offered, so bring the whole family! The Kauai Surf School operates year-round with small group and private surf lessons for the beginner surfer, as well as week long surf clinics for beginner to intermediate surfers. Have a blast learning to surf with their professional staff, excellent equipment, and great Kauai waves! Reservations required, so book today!read more

Maui Eco Tours

Maui Eco Tours

Kayak, SUP, Surf, Kiteboard, Windsurf Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$45 per day
Based on 226 reviews

Experience the beauty of Makena Bay with Maui Eco Tours. Kayaks have zero emissions, and don't disturb the marine life or their environment and allow access to some unique spots that you normally can't get to. Enjoy the stunning coastlines, and pristine tropical waters teeming with colorful coral reefs, turtles, dolphins and whales. Or learn to surf or SUP on gentle rolling waves. If you’re into more extreme sports, try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Excellent conditions make Maui one of the worlds best spots to learn!read more

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Hilo Ocean Adventures

Hilo Ocean Adventures

Kayak, SUP, Surf, Snorkel, Scuba Rentals, Tours & Lessons

Based on 215 reviews

Hilo Ocean Adventures is a family-owned dive shop on the northeast side of Hawaii’s Big Island. Not only do they provide great diving experiences on the island, for everything from introductory to refresher and certified dives, but they also provide rentals, tours and lessons for exploring the beautiful waters of Big Island through snorkeling, kayaking, SUP and surfing.read more

Surf HNL

Surf HNL

Surfing & SUP Rentals & Lessons

FROM$18 per hr
Based on 123 reviews

Learn to surf or SUP at secluded beaches in Honolulu, Kapolei, and Waianae with Surf HNL. If you’re ready to catch the waves on your own, take advantage of their surfboard and SUP rentals. Your surfing and SUP adventure will take place at the best beaches, away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Their experienced instructors will make sure the conditions are right for the best experience to get you up on the board and out on the waves!read more

Action Sports Maui

Action Sports Maui

Surf, Windsurf, SUP & Kiteboard Rentals & Lessons

FROM$25 per 3 hrs
Based on 131 reviews

Action Sports Maui offers lessons and rentals for a variety of water sports including kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will make your adventure on the Maui waves unforgettable.read more

Maui Waveriders Kihei

Learn to surf or stand up paddleboard in the legendary Maui waters! Maui Waveriders are experts at catching waves and love helping people learn how to surf in Hawaii.  Maui’s waters are prized for their clarity and abundance of turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and whales.read more

Surfari Surf School
FROM$59 per 1.5 hrs

Surf with confidence with lessons from Surfari's qualified surf instructors at the famous Mission Beach - home to San Diego's most exciting water sports adventures and a top family destination.read more

Hawaiian Style Surfing Lessons
FROM$85 per person

With a focus on small group sizes, in-depth shore training, and all local surf instructors, Hawaiian Style Surfing provides a unique surfing experience in sunny Poipu on the south shore of Kauai. Whether you’re a true beginner or just need to brush up on your skills, they will get you riding the waves in no time!read more

Maui Sports Unlimited

Maui Sports Unlimited

SUP, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Lessons & Rentals

FROM$30 per 2 hrs

Maui is famous in the wind and water sports community, with some of the best conditions in the world. Maui Sports Unlimited offers ocean sports rentals and lessons to experience the famous Maui conditions with the best gear and expert instructors. Learn to surf, SUP, windsurf or kiteboard in the renowned Maui surf, or rent gear for your own ocean adventure.read more

Adventures in Malibu
FROM$90 per 1.5 hrs

Adventures in Malibu was started by a world-class professional surfer with more than 25 years of surfing experience, Jason Rogland. Jason brings in-depth knowledge of the ocean and incredible enthusiasm for the sport to each and every lesson. No matter what your level, Jason ensures unforgettable surfing adventures on the beautiful beaches of Malibu. Jason is a soul surfer at heart and loves to share his passion with others. read more

Hawaiian Style Surfing Rentals
FROM$10 per hr

At Hawaiian Style Surfing, you won't only find top notch surf lessons - they also offer surfboard rentals out of their Sheraton Bay location in sunny Poipu on the south shore of Kauai. With 8’, 9’, and 10’ boards, the shop has the perfect boards for anyone to go test out their skills.read more

Surfari Surf Rentals

Rent a surfboard or stand up paddleboard (SUP) for your San Diego surf session, just steps from the beach in Mission Bay – home to San Diego’s most exciting water sports adventures and a top family destination.read more

Adventure Out

Adventure Out

Surfing Lessons

FROM$109 per 3 hrs

Adventure Out's professional instructors offer surf lessons and camps in the original “Surf City” – Santa Cruz, and in Pacifica – the San Francisco area’s ONLY beginner surfing beach. Instructors are professional outdoor guides licensed to teach at these beaches, lifeguard & first-aid certified, and trained in Adventure Out's instructor program. They will get you in the water catching waves safely, and having tons of fun! Adventure Out is also the ONLY NSSIA Accredited Surf School in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.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