Ocean Beach Surf Lessons




Ocean Beach is renowned for its slow rolling tide, making it an ideal spot for beginners to learn the art of surfing. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience. Whether you’re a first-time surfer or looking to refine your techniques, our surf lessons are designed to cater to your needs and skill level.

Beyond the surf lessons, Ocean Beach offers a lively atmosphere and stunning coastal scenery. Embrace the classic SoCal beach lifestyle as you soak up the sun and catch some waves. 

Join us in Ocean Beach and let the waves be your teacher. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve, our surf lessons provide an opportunity to embrace the thrill of surfing in one of Southern California’s most iconic locations. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience. Book your surf lesson today and dive into the world of surfing in Ocean Beach.

Meet Pacific Surf School

Pacific Surf School was founded in 1997 by Emiliano Abate, a former pro-surfer and ocean enthusiast. Our experienced instructors have provided over 200,000 lessons to beginners and intermediates. If you don’t succeed, your next lesson is free. 

Join us for a thrilling surfing adventure today.

Ocean Beach Surf Lessons

Here at Pacific Surf School, we offer a variety of fun ways to learn how to surf, regardless of your skill level! From private surf lessons, to semi-private and group lessons, you are guaranteed to find a lesson and teaching style that suits you! With our advanced surfers showing you the way, you’ll learn not only how to surf but also learn ocean safety, wave dynamics, surfing etiquette and much more.

Private Surf Lessons

Pacific Surf School’s also offers private surf lessons for both beginners and experienced surfers. The 90 minute lesson covers essential fundamentals and is taught by certified and knowledgeable instructors. Results are guaranteed after the first lesson, regardless of skill level.

Semi-Private Surf Lessons

Learn to surf with your friends and family in a semi-private setting with our semi-private Ocean Beach surf lessons. Pacific Surf School offers fully-guided experiences for groups. Get the benefits of a private instructor while creating unforgettable memories together. Make this summer one to remember with your squad.

Group Surf Lessons

Experienced instructors lead our group lessons for families, friends and new friends(!) to enjoy surfing as an activity together. The lessons provide fun, laughter, and adventure while also teaching something new. These experiences create lasting memories and strong bonds. Join Pacific Surf Schools Group Lessons to learn and succeed in surfing.

Surf Camps

Pacific Surf School’s San Diego surf camp offers a great opportunity for kids and teens to learn how to surf during the summer. The school has qualified instructors and has received over 1,000 5-star Google reviews, making it a reliable choice for your San Diego surf camp.

At our surf camp, students receive instruction on both surfing and water safety, as well as education on the ocean environment. Our team of certified surfing instructors are dedicated to helping each student improve their skills and understand their impact on the environment.

Ready to Learn How To Surf with Pacific Surf at Ocean Beach?

Catch a wave and learn to surf with the best at Pacific Surf School! Our experienced and qualified instructors will guide you through your first lesson at Ocean Beach in San Diego. Don’t have a board? No problem! We’ve got wetsuit and surfboard rentals available for both kids and adults. So what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of surfing and make some unforgettable memories with Pacific Surf School.


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.

***Since we partner with other schools, we don’t offer private lessons, semi-private or packages in Ocean Beach. If you are interested in any of those options, we invite you to check our other locations.

Dive into the coastal charm of Pacific Beach, USA. Renowned for its sun-kissed sands and azure waters, this beach town cultivates a thriving surfing culture that inspires both locals and visitors alike. It’s a place where the sound of crashing waves becomes the daily soundtrack of your life, and each sunrise ushers in a new surfing adventure.

Tucked into this vibrant landscape is Pacific Surf School. We offer dynamic surfing lessons that cater to both novice surfers and advanced wave riders. Each lesson is crafted to align with your unique learning pace, ensuring you conquer the Pacific Beach waves with confidence and style.

Escape to the tropical allure of Mission Beach, USA. Blessed with sweeping coastal views and consistent surf breaks, it’s a true paradise for wave enthusiasts. This charming beach town embodies the spirit of the ocean, captivating the hearts of surfers from all corners of the globe with its timeless surf culture.

At the heart of this surfing hotspot, Pacific Surf School delivers unparalleled surfing education. Our tailored lessons reflect the diversity of our students, offering an enriching learning experience for every surf aspirant. Come explore the captivating waves of Mission Beach with us and embark on an extraordinary surfing journey!

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About Ocean Beach, San Diego Surfing

Ocean Beach in San Diego, California is home to some of the most incredible surf conditions the west coast has to offer. With its consistent swell and warm water temperatures, it’s the perfect place for beginner and intermediate surfers alike to take advantage of learning how to ride the waves.

Get in touch today and book your surf lessons in Ocean Beach with Pacific Surf School, the premier surf school in Southern California.


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  Semi Private Surf lessons - I went with my mom and twin sister for a semi-private surf lesson and it was the best!! Our instructor Paul Gilmore was amazing! He taught us everything we needed... Read More

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August 5, 2023

star rating  Surf Lesson 10/10 (Group Lesson) - Did this activity for my bachelor party with a small group of childhood friends and it was absolutely my favorite aspect of my bachelor party. It was a humbling experience... Read More

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Yes, our surf lessons in Ocean Beach are perfect for beginners. We cater to beginner and intermediate surfers alike. Our lessons cover everything you need to know to start surfing, including paddling techniques, basic surfing equipment, ocean safety, surf etiquette, and how to ride waves. Our expert instructors ensure a fun, safe, and engaging training environment where everyone is guaranteed to catch a wave by the end of their lesson.

Our lessons at Pacific Surf School run throughout the day, and while conditions can vary, typically the best time to surf in Ocean Beach is during morning hours when winds are typically lighter and before afternoon sea breezes pick up. However, we always check the surf reports and tide charts to ensure we choose the best time for our surfing lessons. Our priority is to ensure your safety and enjoyment during your lesson.

Pacific Surf School provides surf lessons on several beaches including Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. These beaches are specially selected because they offer optimal conditions for learning to surf. The choice of the beach can depend on the current surf conditions and your skill level. Our professional instructors know these waters well and will choose the best location for your surf lesson.

At Pacific Surf School, we use longboards for our surf lessons as they are more stable, buoyant, and easier for beginners to learn on. These boards provide excellent balance and stability, making it easier for beginners to stand up and catch their first waves. Our expert instructors will guide you on how best to use these boards in the different beach locations, including Mission Beach. As you progress, we also offer guidance on other types of surfboards suitable for your skill level.

While Pacific Surf School is dedicated to teaching surfing to everyone safely and effectively, it is important to note that specific restrictions or rules for surfing in Ocean Beach may be set by local authorities or beach management for safety reasons. These restrictions could be based on weather conditions, water safety issues, local laws, or public events. We highly recommend checking with local authorities or beach management for any updates before going surfing. However, during the lessons, Pacific Surf School ensures all students follow standard surfing etiquette and safety measures to provide a safe and fun surfing environment.

In our Pacific Surf School, we offer 90-minute surf lessons where we cover all bases from paddling techniques to how to ride your own wave. Every student is guaranteed to catch a wave by the end of the lesson! If you wish to continue practicing after the lesson, we offer board rentals for you to continue honing your surfing skills.

For your surf lesson with Pacific Surf School, you don’t need to worry about surf equipment as we provide everything including the surfboard, wetsuit, UV protection, rash guard, and leash. All you need to bring is your sunblock, towel, some water to stay hydrated, and most importantly, your enthusiasm to learn and have fun surfing!

Yes, Pacific Surf School offers surf lessons for children. However, we require a minimum age of 5 years old and an essential prerequisite that the child must be able to swim. Safety is paramount to us, so swimming ability is crucial.

At Pacific Surf School, every beach has its own unique qualities for surf learning, and choosing Ocean Beach for your surf lessons caters to certain benefits. Unlike other crowded surfing areas, Ocean Beach tends to be more laid-back and less crowded, providing a more relaxed environment for beginners. This beach also offers a variety of surf break types, which makes it a versatile spot for surfers of different skill levels. Additionally, apart from the surfing experience, Ocean Beach provides a vibrant local community and stunning views, enhancing the overall surf-learning experience. However, it’s essential to know that no matter which beach you choose for your lessons, the professional and dedicated instruction from Pacific Surf School remains consistent.

Absolutely! Ocean Beach is not just known for its excellent surfing conditions, but also for its vibrant local scene. After your surf lesson, you can indulge in a multitude of local delights. There’s the iconic Ocean Beach Pier, where you can enjoy a scenic walk. For nature lovers, you might enjoy bird-watching at the Robb Field, or trekking through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Foodies can try the various local eateries and discover the bustling farmers market. Lastly, don’t forget to check out the local boutiques and antique shops for a unique shopping experience.

For detailed information regarding our cancellation policy for surf lessons, please visit our cancellation policy page at https://www.pacificsurf.com/cancelation-policy/. Here, you will find all the necessary details and procedures in the case of needing to cancel a lesson.

Yes, all our surf instructors are professionally certified in surfing instruction. They are also CPR and Lifeguard certified to ensure the highest level of safety during your lesson.

Surf lessons in Ocean Beach are administered by our partner schools. All surf schools that we partner with are registered and licensed surf schools that follow all the guidelines to properly perform surf lessons. Therefore, Pacific Surf School does not represent any school. Thus, Pacific Surf does not control and is not responsible for any interaction between the customer and the surf school such as the content of the lessons, products and customer service, among others. The parties are independent operators, Pacific Surf School has no association and does not represent these partner schools. Accordingly, Pacific Surf School does not accept any liability of any error, omission or misrepresentation in relation to information or for any loss, damage, cost or expense (whether direct or indirect) suffered by the individual user. Similarly, the partner school does not control or is not responsible for any interaction between the customer and Pacific Surf School, such as bookings, customer service before or after booking, etc. Accordingly, the partner school does not accept any liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense (whether direct or indirect) suffered by the individual user for any issues related to booking. A full release of liability waiver for the partner surf school will have to be signed prior to the lesson.
By purchasing a lesson with us in Ocean Beach you acknowledge and agree to have your lesson taught by a partner surf school.
Pacific Surf School Inc facilitates the booking of your surf lessons and camp in this location, but a partner surf school will be teaching the lesson.

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