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Ventura: 1.5-Hour Private Beginner's Surf Lesson

4.2 / 5

5 reviews

Activity provider: Cal Coast Adventures

Ventura: 1.5-Hour Private Beginner's Surf Lesson

Activity provider: Cal Coast Adventures

From US$ 85 per person

Learn to surf at Mondo's Beach near Santa Barbara. Pick up the basics of surfing technique and etiquette on waters great for beginners. Enjoy a private lesson for a more personalized experience.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Learn the basics of paddling out, catching waves, and standing up
  • Get to know beginner's surf etiquette and positioning yourself for more waves
  • Pick up Californian surf lingo from your friendly instructor
  • Ask questions relating to surfing, Santa Barbara, and anything in between
Full description
Learn to surf at Mondos Beach with a private 1.5-hour beginner's surf lesson. Take advantage of the more gentle waves and generous space at Mondos Beach as you pick up the techniques and etiquette of surfing. Meet your instructor at the surf van located on Mondos Beach and get suited up in a wetsuit. Grab a longboard and walk to the sand for beach instructions. You'll be briefed on water and surf safety, etiquette, and proper technique before jumping into the ocean to catch some waves. Follow your instructor as they coach and push you into waves to give you an experience that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the gentle long breaking waves of Mondo Beach lending itself to longer rides for you. Your lesson is private so you or your group can have their own instructor and a more personalized experience.
  • Instructor
  • Surfboard and wetsuit rental for the duration of the lesson
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Non-swimmers
  • People over 287 lbs (130 kg)

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Meeting point

Meet your instructor at the local partner's surf van parked at Mondos Beach. As you approach Mondos Beach look for a white box truck/van with a wave on the side, surfers on the back, and "SANTA BARBARA SURF SCHOOL" in bold green lettering. It will be parked on the Mountain Side of the Pacific Coast Highway. There is free parking on the left and right-hand sides of the road.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • All participants must be able to swim. You may not even need to swim during the lesson, however, it is a necessary safety precaution
  • Please bring a bathing suit to wear under your wetsuit, a towel, change of clothes, and water
  • Most lessons are taught at Mondos Beach, however, this may change on the day of depending on certain conditions
  • Please note that Mondos Beach is about a 20-minute drive south of Santa Barbara. Lessons are taught here because of the year-round waves that gently break along this right-handed point-break/beach break
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

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This surf lesson really made our trip to Ventura special! It was a really fun lesson and our guide, Quincy, was excellent and patient with us beginner surfers. He first showed us how to pop up on the sand before going into the water and then once we were out there, he guided us through which waves to take and when to pop up. He was also really nice and good to talk to between waves. It was great that the wetsuit was included because the water was a little cold and that they had us use foam surfboards. It was pretty easy to stand up on the boards they provided. Overall, loved this experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun beach activity. 10/10!

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September 6, 2021

Sophia was very nice and explained everything to us well. We really managed to ride several waves. Beach a bit crowded in the afternoon.

August 5, 2022

Our guy was very nice. We had a great time.

July 30, 2022

Product ID: 399984