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Surf School Santa Cruz


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Welcome to Surf School Santa Cruz, the best-rated surf school on the West Coast! We accept students of all ages and skill levels and guarantee a quality, safe, and fun experience for those wanting to learn to surf in California. Our surf school was created out of our passion for surfing and our desire to share it with the world. We believe that surfing is not just a sport but actually therapy for life. We ardently advocate that the only thing better than a great day of surfing is fueling someone else’s passion or helping them improve skill sets that work in the ocean and carry over to day-to-day life.

Our instructors are professionals who tailor each lesson to the students, so no matter your ability, you are encouraged and supported in the most personalized way possible. The cumulative years of surfing and teaching experience we have under our belts allow us to provide you with the best surf lessons in all of Santa Cruz — perhaps the best surf lessons in all of California!

Pleasure Point has always been our home base, and it offers an unparalleled learning environment. We are excited to also offer surf lessons at Cowell’s Beach. An additional location increases our versatility and gives both our instructors and students more options to improve the overall learning experience. Join our pros at our favorite beaches in Santa Cruz for an unforgettable surf lesson in Monterey Bay, CA!

Whether it has been your lifelong dream to learn to surf in California, you want to improve your existing skills, or you’d like to push yourself to try your hand at an exciting sport for the first time, Surf School Santa Cruz can help achieve your goals. Book your lesson now and get ready to make your surfing dreams a reality.


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Santa Cruz Surf School

Great day out at the Surf School Santa Cruz. Knowledgeable and friendly instructors. Would definitely recommend.

– Dan B., TripAdvisor
Fantastic Surf Lesson Experience!

Bud and Skippy are amazing instructors. They provided both their technical expertise and also talked about having the right mindset. I will definitely reach out for another lesson when I'm back in Santa Cruz!

– Lisa A., TripAdvisor
Great experience

My daughter and I took lessons for her 12th birthday and we had a great time. Instructors were helpful and friendly. We caught lots of waves and had a memorable experience.

– Andrew A., TripAdvisor
Top Notch

I went with my three nieces 11, 14 & 17. Cam & Skippy were great. Cowells beach was perfect for beginners, and all of us were able to get up! Highly recommend them!

– Patric H., TripAdvisor
Amazing day catching waves

Had an amazing day surfing with Surf School Santa Cruz. I had private lesson with Big C and he was terrific. He was friendly, fun, knowledgable, and pushed me to get better. He even towed me in when my arms were exhausted :) Highly recommend!

– Jenny J., TripAdvisor
Great time!

My wife and I went surfing for the first time during our trip to Santa Cruz. We did three lessons in three consecutive days. Ryan was our instructor all three days. He was great! The staff was always very helpful and attentive. I would book again in a heartbeat.

– Tyler R., TripAdvisor