Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz

Classes & Workshops in Santa Cruz

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Learn to surf in Santa Cruz during a 3-hour clinic designed with the beginner in mind. Novices are welcome, as well as anyone who has tried surfing but could use some tips for balancing on the board and catching a wave. You'll get plenty of practice with paddling and pop-up techniques while learning about wave breaks, ocean conditions, and safety in and out of the water, including surf etiquette. Includes all necessary equipment.
Make your way to Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, where you'll meet your CPR-, first aid-, and lifeguard-certified instructor who teaches the basics of surfing during a 3-hour surf clinic. Come ready to learn how to surf and explore the wonders of the ocean. Your instructor provides a safe and non-threatening environment for the beginner surfer.Once you've squeezed into a provided wetsuit to keep you warm in the Pacific Ocean, you'll get an orientation to using a surfboard. You're walked through the steps to popping up on your board on shore. Learn how to read ocean conditions and wave breaks to ensure your safety, before you practice paddling and balancing. You'll start out in shallow areas, riding the white water until you are comfortable with venturing further out, where your instructor helps you catch some waves.

What’s included

  • Professional instructor
  • Surfboard and necessary gear
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

What’s not included

  • Parking fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins