Surf Lessons in Central California

We’ve expanded the definition of the Central Coast of California to include some of the best beaches in the town of Pacifica in San Mateo County (Located South of San Francisco) and the town of Bolinas in Marin County (Located North of San Francisco).

Below is a list of the best surf schools and camps in California including Pacifica / Lindamar, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara that offer group and private surf lessons.

Van Curaza Surf School (Located on San Luis Obispo Bay)

Summer surf camps are packed with fun, sun, and surf. From learning how to surf, and exploring hidden Avila caves, to making new friends, and creating life time memories, VCSS surf camps are an unforgettable experience.

80 San Francisco St
Avila Beach, California 93424
Hours: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Phone: 805-543-7873

2 Mile Surf Shop (Located North of San Franciso)

We offer surfing lessons for individuals, groups and have summer surf camps as well. From experienced to beginner, we will cater to your every need. You will always receive the best value for your money and equipment that performs.

22 Brighton Ave
Bolinas, California 94924
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 415-868-0264

Monterey Bay Surf Lessons

We at Monterey Bay Surf Lessons provide safe and fun surf lessons at Carmel Beach in the scenic Monterey Penninsula.

3770 The Barnyard
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923
Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 831-915-0789

Surf Happens (Located east of Santa Barbara)

Surf Happens is Santa Barbara’s premier surf school, this is our profession and our passion. We are a community based business dedicated to sharing the spirit of Aloha and the life style of surfing with people of all ages and abilities. Founded in the local waters of Santa Barbara, California in 2000, we are a complete full service surfing school offering year round private and group lessons, surfing camps, after school program, beginning to advanced coaching and competitive training, and community surfing competitions including the annual Rincon Classic.

3825 Santa Claus Ln
Carpinteria, California 93013
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 805-966-3613

Pillar Point Surf School (Located Near Mavericks, Half Moon Bay)

Our mission at Pillar Point Surf School is to offer people of all ages an opportunity to ride waves in a fun, safe, and encouraging manner.

531 Obispo Rd
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Hours: 10AM – 2PM
Phone: 650-722-0022

Surf Camp Pacifica

Surf Camp Pacifica is a program dedicated to provide surfing lessons with a safe learning environment. We are committed to developing unique opportunities and experiences for individuals to learn about the ocean. Our programs emphasize ocean safety and water awareness. We use this training to instill a healthy love and respect for the water as well as to cultivate a lifelong enthusiasm for the ocean.

5200 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacifica, California 94044
Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Phone: 650-243-7443

Sandbar Surf School

Our professional and entertaining surfing instructors are here for your safety and to provide you with everything you’ll need to experience surfing, the ocean, and the beauty of Pismo Beach. Our private classes, group lessons, and extended surf camps are geared for people of all ages, skill levels and abilities – Wetsuits, Soft-top Surfboards, and the Ocean are provided!

110 Park Ave
Pismo Beach, California 93449
Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Phone: 805-835-7873

Shell Beach Surf Shop

Shell Beach Surf Shop is proud to be your source for Patagonia clothing, wetsuits, and accessories. We also carry an awesome selection of natural fiber and eco-friendly products like bamboo clothing from Arbor, shoes from Sanuk, WaveTribe.

2665 Shell Beach Rd Ste K
Pismo Beach, California 93449
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Phone: 805-773-1855

Pismo Beach Surf Academy / Surf Shop

Here at Pismo Beach Surf Academy you can have a timeless experience learning to surf. Along with lessons, we also offer rentals, apparel, surfboards and custom boards shaped by the owner. We are family owned and operated, our goal is to share the stoke with you!

231 Pomeroy Ave Ste. G
Pismo Beach, California 93449
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 805-936-5044

Santa Barbara Surf Adventures

We believe surfing is a sport of the heart and we do our best to model the aloha spirit of respect for the ocean and each other. We also have lots of fun!

10 State St
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 805-963-1281

Lovewater Surf School

With a foundation of excellence and customer satisfaction, our team of surf coaches and educators is committed to bettering lives through our professional services, community events and nonprofit opportunities. Lovewater currently offers a full range of surf instruction from beginner to advanced coaching, corporate events, after-school surfing programs and international travel.

735 State St
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Hours: 8AM – 6PM
Phone: 805-636-1552

iSurf School

Our professional staff are trained to help students of all ages and skill levels learn to catch waves, better understand the ocean and move on to more advanced surfing techniques. Let us know what you are looking for and we’ll design a surf lesson and choose a location suited to your needs.

Street address not provided
Santa Barbara, California
Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Phone: 805-699-5371

Surf School Santa Cruz

Learn to surf like a pro with a pro! Surfing lessons offered for all ages and skill levels by Pro Surfer Bud Freitas.

3548 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz, California 95062
Hours: 8AM – 5PM
Phone: 831-428-3647

Richard Schmidt Surf School

Learn to surf and stand up paddleboard (SUP) with the best! We also offer Santa Cruz summer Surf Camps and Costa Rica winter Surf & Yoga Retreats.

849 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 831-423-0928

Club Ed Surf School and Camps

Our team of Master Surfing Instructors would love to help you live your dream to surf! We’re dedicated to teaching surfing in the most fun, successful and safest environment available. We have a broad range of exciting surfing programs from first-time daily lessons for individuals or groups, to Surf Camps that give all levels of surfers a chance to camp out above the beach for a week and immerse themselves in the surfing lifestyle.

Street address not provided
Santa Cruz, California
Hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Phone: 831-464-0177