Santa Monica is an easy-breezy place to catch a wave. Discover an ocean of fun when you explore all things Santa Monica surf, from beach breaks to wet suits.
Visitors to Santa Monica often hear the sparkling Pacific calling to them once they take in the stunning ocean views. Seeing the Santa Monica Pier glittering in the distance while the light offshore winds tickle your skin is enough to make anyone want to try their hand at a surfing experience in Santa Monica.
Two popular aquatic sports that get visitors out on the water year-round are surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Named the official state sport in 2018, Santa Monica surf culture has been around forever, and surfing has long been an iconic part of the California lifestyle. Stand-up paddleboarding has made waves of its own in recent years.
Santa Monica’s 3.5-mile stretch of beach is uniquely situated just steps from many of the city’s hotels, making it an easy and accessible surfing spot if visitors want to try either sport. Newbies and advanced enthusiasts will find convenient, professionally run surf schools offering surf lessons in Santa Monica with an expert surfing instructor standing by to further their skills.
“Surfing is different from other sports in that there are no written rules,” says Eric Gross, surfer and stand-up paddleboarder and shop manager at Poseidon Paddle & Surf. “You definitely want to get an instructor for your first time to learn not only how to surf, but also the do’s and don’ts of surf etiquette.” He offers these tips for riding the Santa Monica surf:
- Hit the ocean in the morning when winds are likely to be calm. Check the surf report and weather forecast before heading out.
- To help maintain your balance on either type of board, keep your head up. “Look up, stay up,” Gross says. “Look down, fall down.”
- On a paddleboard, “speed is your friend,” says Gross. “Like when you’re on a bicycle, the slower you go, the less stability you have.”
Get on Board: Surf Lessons Santa Monica
If you’re looking for a surf shop near Santa Monica, look no further than these Los Angeles-area businesses. These local surf shops in Santa Monica provide gear rental and/or surf lessons.
Aqua Surf is a surf school offering private surf lessons and paddleboard lessons. Check out their summer surf camp as well if you’re interested in more consistent surf practice.
Go Surf LA offers private and group surf and paddleboard lessons. During sandy surf breaks, you’ll also learn all about surf etiquette and ocean safety.
Private and group surf and paddleboard lessons are just part of what is offered at Learn to Surf LA’s multiple Los Angeles County locations. Discover their rentals and corporate group offerings as well.
Poseidon offers surf, paddleboard and body board rentals right in the heart of Santa Monica!
Established in 2006, this company offers surf lessons in Santa Monica in private, group or surf camp settings, and promises surf experience memories that will last a lifetime.
Discover surf lessons in Santa Monica, as well as surf camps, surf teams and even surf trips to amazing surfing spots around the world with this Los Angeles County surf company.
Surf boards and wetsuits are included when you take surf lessons in Santa Monica or any other Southern California beach with Wavehuggers!
Jack’s Surfboards offers merchandise for purchase at the surf shop in Santa Monica, and rental gear at their other Los Angeles area locations.