Bay Area Surf Lesson

Catch the Pacific Waves in Nor' Cal' During a Three Hour Surf Lesson

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About This Experience

General Information hide

Learn how to surf during this exhilarating three-hour Intro to Surfing Clinic at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz or at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, CA. Designed with the beginner in mind, this Bay Area Water Sports Adventure is the perfect opportunity to learn from surfing professionals who provide all the tools you need to succeed in surfing the swells.

The fun starts when you meet with your friendly and Lifeguard Certified Instructor at the beach. Next, you will be outfitted with all of the Surf Gear and equipment you need. Instruction begins in the shallow waters of the ocean and moves further out into the surf when all participants are comfortable to proceed. During the Surfing Lesson, you will learn about ocean environmental awareness, wave breaks, surf forecasts and zones, water and swimming safety, and wave etiquette, and how to properly balance a surfboard. Before you know it, you’ll be able to ride the waves!

So whether this is your first time on a surfboard or you have tried surfing on your own and would like some key pointers, this is the perfect experience gift to catch some waves and get out on the water - Surf’s Up!

Where It's Located hide

  • Pacifica, California
  • Santa Cruz, California

Who Is Included hide

The Bay Area Surf Lesson Experience Gifts Certificate is for one participant. There will be up to eleven additional participants taking the lesson.

You may invite guests to watch your lesson from the beach.

When It Is Offered hide

The Nor' Cal' Surfing Lessons are offered select Saturdays and weekdays year-round, subject to availability. Lessons are typically offered at 9:00 AM in Pacifica and typically at 1:00 PM in Santa Cruz.

How Long Is It hide

The Surfing Lessons have class length of 3 hours and a total duration of approximately 3½ hours.

Weather hide

The Bay Area Surf Lessons may be Rescheduled by the Instructor due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather. If the Surf Lesson is cancelled by the Instructor, it may be rescheduled for a mutually convenient alternative date.

What To Wear hide

Please wear your swimsuit or trunks beneath your clothing and apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to your lesson. A towel, sunglasses, hat and change of clothing are also recommended for this surf lesson.

Additional Information hide

Wetsuits and surfboards are all provided for the lesson. If you have your own surfboard or other equipment, you are welcome to use it.

Participants must be over the age of 8, must be able to swim with their head above water and must be able to swim to shore. Younger participants and weak swimmers will be kept in shallow waters. Participants are advised to be well rested and should avoid drinking alcohol the evening prior to their lesson. All Instructors are experienced surfers and have been surfing for over 10 years. They are all certified in CPR and First Aid. Instructors are with the students at all times.

Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.


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Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Bay Area Surf Lesson Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Amidst the summer months, it’s time to take your activities outdoors and strip back to become one with the nature around you.

We had the opportunity to speak to one of our expert vendors in extreme outdoor activities – Adventure Out. Adventure Out pride themselves in catering for all things outdoors including surfing, survival skills, rock climbing, medical skills and mountain biking. If you’re interested in extreme sports, or they’re always something you’ve wanted to try, here’s a read for you. Enjoy!

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Q: Please can you tell us how it all began for Adventure Out?

A: I started Adventure Out in 2004 – I had just graduated from school. I had spent 5 years studying Engineering at MIT and graduated with a bachelors and masters degree from MIT. I returned home to the Silicon Valley area to work in the technology industry and lasted only 2-3 months before I knew I wanted to do something different with my life. I started Adventure Out to help people reconnect with nature. To encourage people from all walks of life to get outside, be active, and have adventures as a way of appreciating the natural environment in our area.

Q: Where did the passion for extreme outdoor activities stem from? 

A: That’s just been a part of my life since day one. Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, you HAVE to be an outdoors geek. I’ve been surfing, climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking for as long as I can remember.

Q: What makes your experiences unique compared to similar ones on the market?

A: Adventure Out has always strove to be a leader in professionalism. In an industry where there are so many “fly by night” guide services – people without proper permitting/licensure, insurance, and safety training, we do things the RIGHT way. All our guides are professionals, and are trained to offer the highest quality outdoor experience.

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Q: What would you say is the best part of the some of the experiences you offer?

A: Simply having the opportunity to be outside. We live in an amazing place here in Northern California, and it’s somewhat sad that most people in our area goes years without seeing the ocean, or the redwood forests. Let us help you get back to nature!

Q: Who would you say your experiences are most suited for?

A: Anyone and everyone – we run programs that are open-to-the-public, that just about anyone can sign up for, to team/group retreats that range from Google executives, to engineering teams from Facebook, to Girl Scout troops, soccer teams, Stanford University professor groups, small business team building, etc. You name it. We work with everyone and can scale our activities to be fun and thrilling for all skill levels.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add that we haven’t covered?

 A: Remember that Adventure Out is a 1% For The Planet business member. For 10 years straight now we donate 1% of all gross revenues to environmental charity. Adventure with us and know that a portion of your fees are going straight back in to protecting the spaces that we operate in.

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