Below is a list of surf schools and camps that offer group and private beginner surfing lessons at some of the best beaches in North County and South County, San Diego.
Find the best surf school for your needs in Carlsbad, Cardiff, Encinitas, and La Jolla.
Eli Howard Surf School offers surfing lessons in several different formats. There are classes suitable for all ages and athletic abilities. You can choose to learn in a group setting, private or semi-private lessons. Or learn to surf in a weekend camp, a Morning Surf Camp, or a multi-day surf camp.2050 S Coast Hwy 101
Our mission is to educate, inform, and teach ocean awareness and beach safety. Surfin Fire provides quality surf instruction which delivers a safe experience and guarantees a high level of success in learning to surf your first waves.9969 Carlsbad Blvd
We offer lessons for surfers of all abilities, ages 6 and up. No experience is required and all you'll need is a bathing suit towel. Well, maybe a camera for proof. Please take some time to look around our site and learn more about what makes us the best surfing school in Southern California. We look forward to seeing you at the beach!1880 Avenida Del Sol
Fulcrum Surf has grown to offer a complete range of instruction from beginner to advanced coaching, summer surf camps, Independent Surf PE, media services, corporate events and international travel. Our unique offering is built on customer service, efficiency and maintaining the highest and most qualified coaches across San Diego.1225 Camino Del Mar
Our ultimate goal is to catch waves before or as they are breaking. This requires paddling ablity, wave judgement and a quick pop-up. Before heading outside to the "real waves" we will practice paddling and popping up on whitewater waves (a wave that has already broken). Your instructor will walk along with you, holding your board and positioning you for waves.151 10th Street
We are the only school that has an uncrowded area to surf at Moonlight beach. We will get you catching waves and riding them on the first day, so you don't need any more lessons, just a board and a wave, and you will be on your way. If you are heading back out-of-town, we'll make sure you have actually ridden some waves and gone surfing during your trip.400 B Street
We empower people to have unique breakthroughs and transformation in all areas of their lives using Surfing and the ocean as a catalyst.Encinitas, California
"Surf Diva" has introduced women of all ages to the sport and spirit of surfing in a fun and encouraging environment. The Best Surfer in the water is the one having the most fun!2160 Avenida De La Playa
The focus of Menehune Surf team is to enable beginner and intermediate surfers to progress in all aspects of their surfing. Our program is dedicated to provide a fun and enriching setting for young wave riders to build the confidence necessary to develop into the surfer they want to become. Ages 9-17.La Jolla Shores Beach
Whether you’ve never set eyes on the ocean before or you're a competitive surfer, Learn To Rip Surf Lessons (LTR) will help you achieve your surfing goals. LTR offers professional private or group surf lessons and surf coaching. From learning the basics of standing up to running mock heats and video review, LTR provides a wide variety of services and techniques to help surfers learn and improve.999 N Pacific Street a210
Students will be taught water safety techniques and ocean environmental education training with our dedicated, licensed and knowledgeable staff. We provide a range of surf lessons including “SUP” otherwise known as stand-up paddleboarding in San Diego.4121 Mission Blvd
Our instructors love to teach and always have students’ best interests at heart. Their mission is to offer the best surf lessons, surf camps, and surf rentals possible! Surfari has already taught thousands of students how to surf or improve their skills over the last decade. Our Goal: Customer service and satisfaction.3740 Mission Blvd
Our proven learn to surf method is a systematic approach to teaching people the proper mechanics of the act of surfing. Our lessons incorporate a land portion to learn about waves and test your balance and plenty of time in the water with our instructors to catch some waves!4940 Newport Avenue
Learning to surf is so much more than standing up. Surfing requires the knowledge of which wave to ride and how to do it safely. Working one on one with an instructor and receiving undivided attention assures the best experience possible. Available for beginner-intermediate surfers, whether you want to stand up for the first time, catch waves on your own, or learn different maneuvers.4208 Oliver Court