Surf lessons for San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside

Surf Lessons in Encinitas
at Moonlight Beach
north San Diego since 2002

We have been giving surf lessons for 17 years and are one of the first
surf schools in San Diego.  We were originally at Grandview beach in Leucadia, where we had been living and surfing for a decade, then we moved to Moonlight Beach for the past 10 years.  The owner and head instructor has been surfing since the 1960’s, and has a long track record of success with getting people surfing. (Check our reviews.)


Learn how to surf
Due to Covid 19, we are temporarily closed for surfing lessons or surf camps.  In the meantime, here is our How to Surf Guide, so you can try it  yourself. 

We are waiting to see if we will be able to safely run this summer or not.  We will know more by mid June. 


the Original Artisinal Surf Lesson®
You always get a good, effective lesson, with a warm wetsuit and a good board, from a highly-experienced instructor.  1 hour and 15 minutes water time, the whole lesson takes about 2 and a half hours.  You can surf for the first time if you have never surfed before.

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Spring Surf Lessons
Spring is the best time for surf lessons

Now is a good time for lessons, because it is off season and you can be in a group with 2 or 3 people only.   The beach is usually empty, the sun is usually out, and we have thick wetsuits to keep you warm.  We start late morning at 10am or 11am, when the day is plenty warm.  Take a look at our Instagram feed below, and notice how crowded it gets during the summer (scroll down), and how small the groups are now.   You can sign up as 1 person, and if we don’t have one other sign up for you to join, we give you a reduced price private lesson.

Adults & Kids
Softboard and Wetsuit included

Surf Lessons time is usually at 11am, but varies according to conditions.

2 hour group surf lesson – $75

Very effective group lessons.  A private lesson is not necessarily better, as you do need time in the water on your own, without an instructor right with you all the time.  You need to figure out things for yourself, to use on your own what we have been showing you.  Ultimately, you want to surf on your own, so this gets you there little by little.

You can sign up as 1 person, and we will put you into another group.  Only 2 people necessary for a group, like getting a private lesson for a group rate.

2 hour private lesson – $140

One on one with an instructor.  1 hour 15 minutes water time, plus beach instruction, softboard and wetsuit.

Spring Special!!
1 hour water time private – $100

Please request this in comments on the sign up form.

Intermediate private lesson – $100

1 hour water time, plus a personal assessment to get you catching more waves and having better sessions in the surf.  We will paddle out to the outside, for those trying to transition from the inside whitewater to the outside unbroken waves.   How to position and catch unbroken waves, best techniques for paddling out, generalized instruction and catching waves on the outside.28709_Rec-On_logo_for_BrandFolder_Circle-TRANS-BK_EN#1 on Trip Advisor
Yelp looks good too!

This is the only surf lesson you will ever need to start surfing

In our group and private surf lessons, we try to get you to the point of catching whitewater and standing up.  We instruct you in what kind of board you need, and what type of wave, a basic orientation to your new sport.  Once you are catching waves and riding in the whitewater, then all you have to do is keep doing that and your surfing will progress.  No need for further lessons.  We try to get the job done in one lesson.

Quick Results – Surf Right Away

We understand that many of you are only in San Diego for a short time, and have to get some surf while you are here! This is our specialty, getting you up and riding in easy waves on easy boards right away, even if you have never surfed before.

High Quality Softboards & Warm Wetsuits Provided

We have a large selection of various surfboard shapes,  so that we can custom fit just the right soft surfboard for you.  You will get the board that will be the easiest for you to ride, and that you will have the most success on.  We also have thick 4/3 mm O’Neil wetsuits, which are surprisingly warm in winter.   A softboard and wetsuit are included with your lesson.

Safety Certified

We are proactive on safety, and won’t let you get into trouble. We use only softboards, and all our energetic, experienced and professional instructors are EMT, Lifeguard, or CPR certified.

“We know what you want in a surf lesson.  It’s the same thing we want when we go surfing, and that is a lot of good rides.”

“You know we are good because our competition copies us.” – our motto #1
“Good waves, good boards, good instructors.” –our motto #2

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Yelp: “Absolutely the best surf camp on Moonlight Beach”
Trip Advisor: “Best Surf School in North County”

Learn to Surf on your own

Our surf lessons are designed to teach you not only how to surf, but how to learn to surf on your own without taking further surf lessons.

Go surfing instead of going to the gym

If you are just visiting the San Diego area, don’t live near the surf and don’t plan to continue surfing, you can come out and surf with us purely for the physical benefits which surfing provides.

Stress Relief

Getting out into the clean water of a beautiful beach and riding the waves is not only an excellent workout, it is also refreshing, rejuvenating, and a great stress reliever which will leave you pleasantly exhausted with a healthy appetite and maybe even the desire to go out and try it again.

You can do it!

You may not think that you would be able to surf, but with our help, we guarantee that within 1/2 hour of hitting the surf we’ll have you standing up and riding the whitewater to the beach with a big smile on your face.

Surf lessons for San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside