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Custom-Tailored Beginner Surf Lessons

Oceanside, United States

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Experience hosted by David

90 mins
Includes food, equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

As a beginner, surfing can be overwhelming and scary. But I can help. I learned to surf in my mid-20s, so I know how to teach surfing to anyone. I wasn't a natural, and you don't need to be either!

BACKGROUND INFO: We'll meet at the Oceanside beach — one of the best, easiest, and friendliest beginner surf spots in North County San Diego. This surf break is centrally located in downtown Oceanside near two 4-star resorts, plus lots of bars, restaurants, coffee shops. The spot is really easy to reach by car, Uber, or train. And after your surf session, there are tons of nearby places to celebrate by grabbing a bite and walking around (I'm happy to give recommendations).

BEFORE WE MEET: Before meeting up, I'll give you easy instructions so you know the EXACT spot to meet. When we meet up, I'll bring everything you need and we'll meet in an easy public and safe location with lots of parking. Once we meet and say hello, we'll casually stroll down to beach — hearing those nice sounds of the beach.

WHEN WE MEET: Once we walk down to the beach, we'll start with some light stretching and warm up. As we stretch, I'll point out things to notice about the surf. We'll casually walk to the water — and we'll always stay in an area of the ocean where you'll feel comfortable. I'll be by your side every step of the way sharing tips, strategies, and advice. You got this! :)
Other things to note
Get ready to have fun! Surfing changed my life, and I can't wait to show you how fun surfing can be for you, too. Even if you've never surfed before and you're nervous, we'll always stay where it's safe — and where you'll have fun!
As a beginner, surfing can be overwhelming and scary. But I can help. I learned to surf in my mid-20s, so I know how to teach surfing to anyone. I wasn't a natural, and you don't need to be either!

BACKGROUND INFO: We'll meet at the Oceanside beach — one of the best, easiest, and friendliest beginner surf spots in North County San Diego. This surf break is centrally located in downtown Oceanside near two 4-star resorts, plus lots of ba…

David's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    I'll bring a healthy post-surf snack bar. This delicious and healthy snack...
  • Equipment
    Surfboard (and leash) & wetsuit provided at no extra cost. You'll need the...
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/ person
Sat, Jan 23
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
$120 per person
$120 per person
Sat, Jan 23
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
$120 per person
$120 per person
Sat, Jan 23
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$120 per person
$120 per person

Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 9 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I moved to San Diego from a small town in southern New Hampshire. I learned to surf in my mid-20s, so I know how to explain things to beginners — even if you've never surfed before and you're nervous! I come from a family of teachers, so teaching is one of my skills. I've taught dozens of brand new surfers how to surf. Many of them from all over the world, and some people who aren't even great swimmers (and they've still had a blast). Surfing is my favorite way to escape, relax, get outside, and have a great workout. I can't wait to help you experience the same joy, freedom, and bliss I feel when I'm surfing!
I moved to San Diego from a small town in southern New Hampshire. I learned to surf in my mid-20s, so I know how to explain things to beginners — even if you've never surfed before and you're nervous! I come from a family of teachers, so teaching is one of my skills. I've taught dozens of brand new surfers how to surf. Many of them from all over the world, and some people who aren't even great swimmers (and they've still had a blast). Surfing is my favorite way to escape, relax, get outside, and…
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In partnership with World Surf League

World Surf League approved
This experience is hand-picked by the WSL, home of the world’s best surfers.


As the governing body for the sport of professional surfing, the World Surf League (WSL) oversees a global tour of men’s and women’s shortboard, longboard, big wave, and development tier competitions, and has crowned annual world champions since 1976. Its members include more than 2,500 of the world’s best surfers, and millions of fans around the world. Supporting pros and beginners alike, the WSL believes that the more time we spend in the water, the better the world will be.

Where you'll be

We'll catch fun waves in the small, safe, beginner-friendly area of Oceanside. Sometimes, you'll even see seals and pods dolphins playing in the water with you! Oceanside is one of the most beautiful beaches in the north county of San Diego, with gorgeous sand, water, and views (plus, one of the longest wooden piers on the west coast). It's a world-class area for surf known by surfers all over, so you'll be getting a world-class treatment!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.

Erling
March 2020
Want to develop your skills and understanding as a beginner surfer, David is your guy! After a friendly and understandable lesson with David I feel much more confident and independent as a surfer. 🤙🏼
Niki
March 2020
David was an excellent teacher! He went out of his way to make the entire experience comfortable, fun, and informative. We had a really great time!
Steffan
September 2018
David did a great job. He was such a friendly and passionate instructor to my son who surfed first time. He brought the right board and his kind personality! My son loved it.
Joseph
August 2018
David was exceptionally thoughtful, communicative, and focused on making sure the experience was a great one. I found him very easy to talk to and get along with and I had a great time learning some surf basics with him. He consistently asked how I was feeling and made sure to be available and willing to answer any questions or address any concerns. I highly recommend both this experience and David as a leader.
David was exceptionally thoughtful, communicative, and focused on making sure the experience was a great one. I found him very easy to talk to and get along with and I had a great…
Jasmine
August 2018
This is THE BEST Airbnb Experience I’ve ever done (and I’ve probably done about a dozen by now)! David was an exceptionally wonderful host. He was very responsive, told me what to bring, and was patient when I texted him that I was running late. David has an infectious energy and is a fabulous instructor. He is very clear in his instructions and he teaches you everything from how to properly carry a surfboard to how to make sure you can actually ride those waves and stay on your board. He provides you sunscreen if you need it, a towel to dry off after, water, and the best protein bar I have ever had. If you need somewhere to store your things, you can use his car, which he parks right near the ocean. Surfing has been on my bucket list forever and even though I’m not a great swimmer, I had a great time and would love to take David’s experience again. I highly recommend it for anyone visiting San Diego, wanting to check “surfing” off their bucket list, or simply looking to make a great friend. Thanks for everything David!
This is THE BEST Airbnb Experience I’ve ever done (and I’ve probably done about a dozen by now)! David was an exceptionally wonderful host. He was very responsive, told me what to…
Paula
September 2018
David was awesome! He was very attentive, knowledgeable and patient. I had a blast and can’t wait to go back.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Towel

Change of clothes