Surfing in San Diego



If you're a beginner, consider paddling in the waves off Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Tourmaline Surfing Park, La Jolla Shores, Del Mar, or Oceanside. More experienced surfers usually head for Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla reef breaks, Black's Beach, or Swami's in Encinitas. All necessary equipment is included in the cost of all surfing schools. Beach-area Y's offer surf lessons and surf camp in the summer months and during spring break.

Hike Bike Kayak San Diego. Sign up for group and private lessons in La Jolla, year-round. If you know what you're doing but didn't bring your stick, they rent boards, too. 2246 Ave. de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/551–9510.

Kahuna Bob's Surf School. This surf school conducts two-hour lessons in coastal North County seven days a week; in summer there's surf camp for kids. 760/721–7700 or 800/524–8627.

San Diego Surfing Academy. Choose from private and group lessons and customizable surf camps for teens, kids, and adults. Instructional videos are also available online. The academy, which has been running since 1995, is based near South Carlsbad State Beach and meets for lessons at Seapointe Resort in Carlsbad. 760/230–1474 or 800/447–7873.

Surf Diva Surf School. Check out clinics, surf camps, surf trips, and private lessons especially formulated for girls and women. Most clinics and trips are for women only, but there are some co-ed options. Guys can also book private lessons from the nationally recognized staff. 2160 Ave. de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. 858/454–8273.

Surf Shops

Cheap Rentals Mission Beach. Many local surf shops rent both surf and bodyboards. Cheap Rentals Mission Beach is right off the boardwalk, just steps from the waves. They rent wet suits, bodyboards, and skimboards in addition to soft surfboards and long and short fiberglass rides. They also have good hourly to weekly pricing on paddleboards and accessories. 3689 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, 92108. 858/488–9070 or 800/941–7761.

Hansen's. A short walk from Swami's beach, Hansen's is one of San Diego's oldest and most popular surf shops. It has an extensive selection of boards, wet suits, and clothing for sale, and a rental department as well. 1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA, 92024. 760/753–6595 or 800/480–4754.


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