Surfs up! Santa Monica Private Surf Lesson - Los Angeles

They say that life’s a beach, and that’s no truer than in Santa Monica. In fact, life should be a beach when you’re on holiday. It’s all about sun, sea, sand and making a splash in this surfing hotspot on the west coast, and there’s no better way to take advantage of the Pacific Ocean than by gliding on its waves.

Surfing is in a Californians’ DNA, so donning a wetsuit and sprinting into the Pacific with a freshly waxed board is practically the law. Santa Monica is a great training ground for surfers of all levels — the break is perfect and the beach is fine sand. Let’s face it — if this is your first time on a board, you’ll want fine sand underneath you if the waves don’t cooperate.

Whether you’re young or old, catching your first wave or mastering your technique, taking a surf lesson is a great way to immerse yourself in all aspects of being a dude, from technique and etiquette to surfing culture. Lesson times are available from 6:00am (the early bird catches the wave) till 6:00pm, and last 90 minutes. Book up and meet your professional instructors at Lifeguard Tower 28 on the beach. All the gear is provided, so you’ll be able to climb into your wetsuit, grab a board and get ready to hit the waves.


The instructors are able to tailor their lessons to you (beginner, intermediate and advanced options), so everyone can participate. In fact, they’ll encourage families and friends to all join in together and you’ll get matched up with your skill level. You’ll practice everything from paddling out and popping up, to learning how to read the waves… and if you’re there to just work on improving something specifically and this isn’t the first time you’ve been on a board, the instructors are there to help and encourage you every step of the way.

Don’t worry, it's pretty much a rite of passage to wipe out in the Pacific, so embrace it. Hop straight back up on that board and catch the next wave that breaks. When you do finally catch that wave — you’re officially a ‘dude’. And let’s not forget, you’re on the Californian coast. Take in the beautiful views over the ocean, especially towards the mountains further along the beach, and keep an eye out for dolphins that might be playing about in the waves too.

You’re guaranteed to walk back up the beach with some fond memories of this adventure, but your instructors ensure that this is an all-inclusive surfing lesson. They’ll have filmed every splash of your time, and you’ll walk away with a Go-Pro video of your time on (or in) the Pacific.  


Santa Monica Surf Lessons Highlights:

  • A personal surfing lesson and experience on Santa Monica beach

  • Ride your first wave, wipe out, and perfect your turns on this fun experience

  • Professional instruction and gear provided


  • Professional guide

  • Local guide


  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

  • Please contact tour operator post-booking to confirm lesson time

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

  • Departure point: Lifeguard Tower 28, Santa Monica Beach in California

  • Departure time: To be confirmed with surf instructor post-booking

  • Tour duration is approximately 90 minutes

Cancellation Policy:

Private Surfing Lesson

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