A little history about how the Pacific Surf School was born.

Pacific Surf School.

Surfing is a unique experience that can be considered both an art form and an athletic pursuit. It is a lifestyle, a way of life and a great recreational activity that promotes physical fitness, great health, relieves stress, and ENABLES YOU TO BE IN TOUCH WITH NATURE!

      “There is nothing that a good day of surf won’t cure” – it’s very therapeutic! To be able to go surfing after a hectic day’s work is great for both body and soul. Surfing is something you can do by yourself or with friends to have fun, keep fit, or get away from it all.

      Pacific Surf School is proud to share our surfing knowledge and expertise so that everyone can enjoy the ocean as much as we do. Together with you, we work on your physical well-being. Our aim is also to help those who have a great fear of the ocean to learn to let go and enjoy.

Pacific Surf School was founded in Mission Beach, Ca in 1997.

Created as a realization of a long-time vision of surf school guru Emiliano Abate, Pacific Surf School offers lessons to experienced and inexperienced surfers of all ages. With more than 200,000 students taught since 1997, Pacific Surf School is on the fast track to getting the world surfing. The trained instructors and staff guide surfers towards a safer and deeper understanding of the ocean.

      Pacific Surf School has flourished in the local community with merits and awarded honors, such as San Diego’s BEST general interest and recreational school in the readers poll by the San Diego Union Tribune. Pacific Surf’s sister school, the Surfer Girls Surf School, was awarded the COOLEST surf camp award  in 2007 by the Travel Channel.

      It is with the support of the community and the caring instructors that we have been able to flourish in such an overcrowded surf market. Do not waste time learning from the rest when you can learn from the best! Pacific Surf School looks forward to meeting you this summer. See you in the water!!!

Emiliano is truly a dedicated surfer, that has competed professionally for over 23 years, as well as traveled and surfed around the world. His love for the ocean and surf has brought him to do what he truly loves to do – teach. The old cliché that surfers are beach bums does not apply to Emiliano, who has dedicated his life to surfing and has made a successful, international business out of it due to his background in international commerce relations, business administration, and professional surfing career. His diversification and joint partnerships with other groups and individuals have brought Pacific Surf school to an international level.

      He is a master instructor and member of ISA (International Surfing Association) and USLA (United States Life Saving Association).

Our Mission and Philosophy.

Many people have always wanted to surf but don’t know how to start; the equipment, the ocean, the other surfers as well as the complexity of surfing may be very daunting to the uninitiated. But when properly shown how, a lot of the initial frustration can be avoided. Surfing is an activity that everyone can enjoy at their own level. Many of our students have taken only one or two lessons, become addicted to surfing, bought their own board and wetsuit and never looked back! Others enjoy the personal attention and group atmosphere of lessons and come weekly to surf with their new surfing buddies.

Pacific Surf has successfully formed surfers and introduced thousands of people into the world of surfing and exposed them to its benefits of spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Whatever your goals, surfing is challenging, fun, and a great way to keep fit and meet new people. Deciding to learn to surf is guaranteed to open up a whole new way of life for you!



Learn From Our Team Of Friendly Professionals.

We want to make sure that you have the best experience possible out there in the ocean. Our team consists of local and international surfing enthusiasts. They like to embrace the surfing lifestyle and are not only soul surfers but are also qualified Water Safety Specialists, CPR & First Aid certified! They will prepare you so that you feel safe and secure in the ocean. That’s why we don’t just give you a team of expert and professional surfers to learn with, but we also make sure our instructors can convey their knowledge through strong teaching skills – not to mention that they also have over 6 years of surfing experience along with superior safety training. Many of our instructors have passionately improved their level of training and expertise and have taken a special coarse offered by the ISA (International Surfing Association).

It is with the support of the community and patient, caring instructors that we have been able to flourish in such a competitive surf market. Do not waste time in learning from the rest when you can learn from the best!

Pacific Surf School looks forward to meeting you this summer. See you in the water!!!


We look forward to seeing you surf with us!

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