Surf School Rio de Janeiro

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Pacific Surf School - Surf School in Rio de Janeiro

Learn to Surf in Rio de Janeiro

Pacific Surf School in Rio de Janeiro offers choice surf courses, lessons, and camps in a surfer’s paradise! Let our professional certified surf instructors help you learn to surf Rio de Janeiro or improve your existing skills while having a blast surrounded by some of the warmest people in the world!

Pacific Surf Is Rio de Janeiro’s Premier Surf School

There’s a reason why Rio de Janeiro is a known hotspot for surfing worldwide; here, it’s not just a hobby; surfing is a way of life. With its countless stunning beaches that offer waves for all surfing levels and year-round sunny weather, learning to surf in Rio de Janerio is an absolute must.

Our private surf lessons allow our skilled instructors to provide you with exceptional one-on-one personalized attention. You’re the sole focus for the full 90 minutes during your private surf session. So whether you’re a beginner needing help getting up on a surfboard or already have the basics down, you’re sure to improve your skills.

Our semi-private surf lessons still allow our skilled instructors to provide you with excellent one-on-one personalized attention. While you might not be the sole focus, you’ll still reap the rewards of receiving focused, custom feedback on your form and anything you need help with.

Our group surf lessons are great for beginner surfers looking to take their surfing skills beyond the basics. Each session will focus on your specific level, helping you achieve more confidence while propelling your skills atop a surfboard.

Our professional training surf packages are great for intermediate surfers looking to improve their surf skills. Its inclusive detailed video analysis will help identify issues with your surf technique, allowing our instructors to provide feedback on how to build on your surf technique once the session is done.

Remember, all surf equipment is included free with every lesson. So if you want to avoid lugging around your own gear or are a new surfer and still need to purchase your own equipment, we’ve got it for you!

If you’re interested in learning to surf in Rio de Janeiro, Pacific Surf School is here to help you learn! Book now to experience the surreal beauty of Rio de Janeiro from atop turquoise waves!

Whether you learn to surf at the iconic Arpoador beach or Barra Da Tijuca beach, filled with the incredible energy of local surfers, or the less crowded Recreio beach. Pacific Surf School’s professional instructors will have you up and surfing along some of the most fantastic waves in no time.

About the Beaches

Here are some of the beaches with the best surf in Rio de Janeiro.

Arpoador Beach

Arpoador beach is an iconic surf spot, nestled between Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach, with the benefit of less foot traffic than the two.

This beach is a great place to learn to surf in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the fact that you’ll mostly share it with families and the elderly, with the added benefit of possibly witnessing professional surfers as they enjoy the stellar waves.

Visitors to Arpoador beach swear that the sunset alone is worth visiting this stunning slice of paradise with the rocks on either side, giving this sandy paradise a mysterious and romantic atmosphere at night.

Barra Da Tijuca Beach

Barra da Tijuca beach is an incredible spot for surfing and other water and non-water activities, located southwest of Rio. This long stretch of perfectly white sand exists in Rio de Janeiro’s youngest neighborhood.

With so much to do and see, you will be satisfied visiting the Barra da Tijuca beach. From surfboarding to skimboarding to kite surfing and even jet-skiing, there is much to do in these stunning turquoise waters.

Recreio Beach

Recreio beach is a hidden gem frequented mainly by locals, located a little over six miles from Barra da Tijuca beach. Although it has only been recently discovered, Recreio beach has become a mecca for serious surfers.

Since the area is still considerably underdeveloped, the white sand beach is perfect for sports activities like soccer, volleyball, or even frisbee. Here it’s just you, the perfect white sand and endless turquoise waters, making it an ideal spot to learn to surf in Rio de Janeiro.

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ALL EQUIPMENT INCLUDED: Surfboard, Wetsuit, UV Protection, Rash Guard and Leash.


Sun Block, Towel, Water & Great Enthusiasm.


Professional Certified Surf Instructor; CPR and Lifeguard Certified.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

During this 90 minute one-on-one personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional Water Safety Specialist & CPR Certified Instructor.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

Perfect for the first time surfer or experienced surfer looking to take their surfing to the next level. During this 90 minutes one-on-one personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional WSS & Lifeguard Certified Instructor.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

No experience necessary, this is the perfect package to take your surf beyond the basic level. Each lesson is tailored to your specific level guiding you each time to become a more improved surfer.
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Maddi d
Wonderful experience learning to surf!
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Great experience with this surf lesson program. Booked online, super simple. Eric and Nick were our instructors...they were fantastic. My twins who have NEVER surfed before were up and surfing the waves within five minutes of hitting the water. Great coaching and encouragement. Thanks for a fantastic morning!
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Tate and Beth were great instructors! We had so much fun and we learnt a lot! Ideal for people who want to start with surfing
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Stephanie R
Great experience!
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Ricardo was excellent with our group of three teenagers. Very impressed by how much he taught them and interacted with them.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, is world-famous for its breathtakingly beautiful setting. The city is built around the magnificent Rio de Janeiro Bay, which is surrounded by lush green mountains and sugar-white beaches.

Rio is also home to some of Brazil’s most iconic landmarks, including the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf Mountain. The rich culture and history are the focal point of this vibrant and exciting city. It is also one of Brazil’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The city’s population is a melting pot of races and cultures, and its music, art, and cuisine reflect this diversity. In addition to its stunning setting, the city is home to many parks and gardens where everyone is welcome.

Rio de Janeiro is a lively and exciting city with something to offer everyone. From its stunning setting and iconic landmarks to its rich culture and history, Rio de Janeiro is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing the best of Brazil.

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Brazil has more than one million surfers, making it a surfing superpower. That’s thanks to its stunning coast having some of the best surf sites in the world. You can either look for an empty spot to catch some serious waves or join the incredible local surfers.

The cost of learning to surf in Bali depends on what type of lesson you prefer. Private lessons can cost more than $60 for a half-day. On the other hand, group lessons can cost up to $47 for a half-day.

What makes private surf lessons worthwhile is the one-on-one attention. Suppose there are specific parts of the lesson that you need help grasping; not having to wait for the instructor to help others first and then come back to you can make all the difference. You’ll get your instructor’s full attention with better, more focused feedback.


star rating  Awesome group activity! - Will, Aidan and Jack were INCREDIBLE. We had a large group - 13 people, ranging in age from 10-50. These guys made sure each participant got individual attention with great... Read More

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August 23, 2023

star rating  10/10 - Great place. My instructor was Nick. Man had so much stoke, best place to learn how to surf. Had a lot of fun and this place made me exited for... Read More

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August 3, 2023

star rating  Great experience for all! - Our instructor, Cole, was friendly, encouraging, and provided us with great instruction - we were first timers! As a group of two adults and 3 teens he was able to... Read More

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