The Right Beach Makes All the Difference!While Southern California's reputation as a surfer's paradise holds true no matter where you go, choosing the right beach as a beginner can make the difference between getting your toes wet and starting a new life long passion! From hidden gems to world famous breaks, here are our recommendations for the best beaches to book your first surf lesson!
Los Angeles County: Santa MonicaOne of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles, Santa Monica is the perfect place to learn to surf and get a real taste for the LA lifestyle. This large stretch of beach offers beginner to advanced level waves and a great place to hang out in the sun and enjoy your day. The area we surf near the Ocean Park neighborhood is more mellow than the pier, and is easily accessible for those staying in Venice. Sandy and frequented by dolphins, lessons are best scheduled for low to mid tide, and can take advantage of great swell during the fall and winter. Because it is completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, and located close to Hollywood, you just might find yourself hanging ten next to a celebrity!
Los Angeles County: El Porto (Manhattan Beach)El Porto, the North most stretch of sand on Manhattan Beach, is a local favorite of surfers and dolphins alike! In our opinion, it's also the best beach in Los Angeles for surf lessons. An underwater canyon just past the break produces great waves at times when other areas are too small to ride. Since the waves here break farther off shore, surfers are also treated to a longer rides than they'll find at most other LA beaches. Throw in a gentle sandy bottom and easy parking, and El Porto is sure to capture your heart!
Orange County: Newport River Jetties
Most of the year, the Wedge is even considered too raucous for most traditional surfers. Happily, though, any surfer (or bodysurfer) has plenty of other options along Newport Beach’s eight-plus miles of coastline. Despite its world-class credentials, you'll find a mellow, welcoming vibe. Newport is a favorite surfing spot among our professional instructors for Orange County surf lessons because of its rich history and storied surfing culture. By far our favorite spot for surfing in Newport is at the River Jetties. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, RJ's build up of sand protects surfers from the stronger currents of Huntington Beach. It offers consistent, friendly waves that are still great for beginners even when winter swells make the conditions at other nearby beaches too rough for learning.