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Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz

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Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Get wet while learning to surf in Santa Cruz, a picturesque coastal California town popular with surfers. Your 3-hour lesson starts with the basics of how to paddle out, pop up, balance, and catch a wave, along with surfing etiquette and understanding the ocean. Your instructor has you practice on the beach before accompanying you into a spot with small waves that are ideal for beginners. Includes all necessary equipment and instruction.
  • 3-hour beginning surfing lesson in Santa Cruz
  • Learn how to surf from an experienced instructor
  • Practice paddling out, popping up and catching waves in a calmer section of the ocean beach
  • Get tips on ocean safety and surfing etiquette
  • Includes all equipment needed for the surfing lesson
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Cowell Beach , Cowell Beach, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

Your surf instructors will meet in the small beach parking lot right at the beach entrance adjacent to the entrance to the Wharf (pier). We'll be right by the public beach restrooms and showers.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adventure Out LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Also, the waves were quite calm so this would be good for those that are quite new to surfing and maybe a little hesitant to try." See review


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The fact that I didn’t to...
, Jun 2022
The fact that I didn’t to go out so far in the waterline. Loved seeing wild life and now I know what to work on if I want to learn to stand up on the board.
My daughter did this...
, May 2022
My daughter did this class and loved it! The teachers were great, very fun and knowledgeable. It was a great beginning lesson
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks! She did great!
Great Surf Instructors....
, Nov 2021
Great Surf Instructors. Made the entire experience a load of fun. Would definitely recommend for a great way to get in the water and started in surfing.
, Aug 2021
Hano and Aaron were friendly and helpful. This was tons of fun. Would recommend. Favorite activity of our vacation!
A must for beginner surfers!
, Jul 2021
After 16 months of not traveling, visiting Santa Cruz and taking a surf lesson was such a treat! The group size was not too big which made it easy to get to know the others and get sufficient attention from the two instructors. The instructors were super friendly and eager to help teach us how to catch waves. Also, the waves were quite calm so this would be good for those that are quite new to surfing and maybe a little hesitant to try.
Great experience
, Jun 2021
Im so grateful for this lesson. I finally Caught a wave!!! The instructors were the best!!! I enjoyed everything about this day!!!
Surfs up
, Jun 2021
The instructors were very easy going and friendly. They were both very patient and supportive of all of the participants.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks Fritz! Great job out there!
Great experience
, Apr 2021
Instructors were excellent. Very encouraging, supportive and kind. Would definitely recommend. My daughter and friend are 15yo and even though group was shared with adults, instructors spent equal time and provided guidance for everyone.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you! The girls did great!
Chase was super friendly...
, Apr 2021
Chase was super friendly and helpful. It was a great intro to the sport and a safe, beautiful environment.
Great experience
, Feb 2021
Great instructor. Really enjoyed learning from her and very helpful in pointers on catching waves. Crowell beach was perfect for beginners.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you - you did great! Come surf with us anytime!!!
Truly surf lesson experience
, Oct 2020
Awesome experience! I truly recommend it to anyone looking to start learning about surf! Material provided was in great shape too. Can’t wait to come back again to keep learning
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you! We enjoyed working with you, come back angrime!
Perfect day!!
, Oct 2018
Perfect site for beginner lesson. Wetsuits kept us plenty warm and our instructor, Chad, was awesome- making sure everyone caught some waves. His assistant, Deanna was super helpful too. I didn’t want to do my first surgery lesson at 61 but my daughter wanted to and I’m so glad I did. Beautiful day in the pacific.
Beginning surfing lessons
, Oct 2018
Chase and Aaron were great instructors and very encouraging. We had a great time and a new experience for both of us. What an adventure. Thank you thank you.
Great experience. We had an awesome...
Macy J
, Aug 2017
Great experience. We had an awesome instructor who was very helpful!

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