Private Surfing Lesson

Santa Monica, CA

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Experience the exhilaration of riding the perfect wave in beautiful Santa Monica!

  • Learn from a friendly and experienced instructor certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Private lesson provides undivided attention and is customized to suit your skill and experience level
  • Perfect for all skill levels; beginners will be up and riding with just 1 lesson, and surfers with experience will learn skills to progress their surfing!
Santa Monica, CA
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Daily - 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM

*pending instructor availability

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 5 years old 
  • Surfboard is included
  • No experience is necessary
  • Basic physical shape is recommended for participants
1 hour 45 minutes
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Up to 4 people per class.
Allowed, you can hang out on the beach and watch the participant.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel and change of clothes. Bring a wetsuit if you have one; if not, one can be provided at no additional cost.
Are there any lockers available at the lesson?

There are lockers or other storage for your belongings while at the beach. It is recommended to leave valuables at home or in your car. 

Do I need to be able to swim?
It is highly recommended that you be able to swim before taking a lesson. Beginner lessons generally take place in water shallow enough that you can stand the entire time you are taking the lesson. However, should problems arise you should be able to handle yourself in the water, and being able to swim is the most important thing you can know to prepare yourself.
What's the best exercise to do to prepare me for surfing?
You can't beat swimming as a preparation for surfing. Swimming will exercise many of the muscles you will use to paddle your board, it will improve your aerobic fitness, and it will increase your water confidence.
What should I bring?
For surf lessons, you should bring a swimsuit you can wear underneath a wetsuit, a towel, some drinking water to rehydrate, and have some sunblock on your face and neck prior to the lesson. If you're going to wear a wetsuit you don't need any sunscreen on your arms, torso, or legs as those areas will be covered with the wetsuit.

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Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final. No cancellations or rescheduling requests will be allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 4 reviews.
I had a great experience with my surf lesson with my girlfriend. Our teacher was Jared and he was great. He had great energy and was knowledgeable. You start off on the beach side to learn to stand on the board. Jared followed up with trying to guide us to catch our own waves. The only negative comment I would say is that the call number has poor customer service. The mailbox was full so you couldn't leave voicemails and when I did leave a voicemail, my call was never returned.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Boshiaw,  Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!  It sounds like your time in the water was well-spent and well-enjoyed! We will be sure to let Jared know how much you appreciated his expertise and guidance. We apologize if there was any difficulty reaching our partners, our best guess is that they were out in the water giving their awesome lessons! We are always here for you, and should you need anything please feel free to give Cloud 9 Living a call! We look forward to getting you out on another skill-building experience!  Best, Sophia 
Gary was an awesome surf instructor. Fantastic experience, so much fun and so glad I did it.
Chris was a great guy and surf teacher -- an ex-professional surfer who grew up in Hawaii. He taught me great beginner elements of surfing to start my adventure, and I had loads of fun. Would definitely recommend him to any surfers out there who are looking to start or improve their skill level.
We had such a great experience surfing for the first time in Santa Monica, we're tempted to buy our own surfboards and wetsuits! The instructors were incredibly friendly and so supportive. I 100% recommend this to aspiring surfers!
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