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Beginner Surf Lesson - San Francisco

Pacifica, United States

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Experience hosted by Cliff

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This 3-hour clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! The class starts with a short land lesson covering safety, paddling mechanics, and how to catch waves and get up on the board. After that we'll head out in the water and instructors will rotate around helping each person 1-on-1. You can expect approximately 1:45-2 hours of "water time" in the 3-hour total lesson.

Looking for Stand Up Paddleboarding? Check out our San Francisco SUP class here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/679591
Other things to note
Arrive 20+ mins early! Parking costs $8 (subject to change). This is a group class, we cannot hold up others for late parties. Arriving late is same as a no-show and will forfeit your registration.
This 3-hour clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! The class starts with a short land lesson covering safety, paddling mechanics, and how to catch waves and get up on the board. After that we'll head out in the water and instructors will rotate…

Cliff's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Surfboard & Wetsuit
From $109
/ person
Mon, Feb 15
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Join 1 other guest
$109 per person
$109 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Cliff

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 82 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi I'm Cliff, the creator of Adventure Out! Adventure Out has been the city-licensed surf school in Pacifica (SF's only beginner surf spot) for over 15 years and is the only NSSIA (National Surf School & Instructor Association) accredited surf school in the Bay Area! You will be in great hands with our team!

Looking for Stand Up Paddleboarding? Check out our San Francisco SUP class here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/679591
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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

Pacifica State Beach in Pacifica is the BEST (and only) beginner surf spots on the San Francisco Peninsula! The soft rolling waves are perfect for getting your first ride! We have been licensed to operate at this beach for 15 years. Perfect safety record, insured/bonded. Don't risk your first experience to a fly-by-night instructor. Go with a professional surf school!

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 82 reviews.

Jacqueline
December 2020
AMAZING!!! I want to do this again ASAP! I was a little worried going into the surfing lesson because it is my first time but the instructors made you immediately feel better. They were super knowledgeable and fun.
Nicole
November 2020
My husband & I had the BEST time during our surf lesson! The instructors are fantastic at giving exactly the right tips needed to be successful. This was our 4th lesson (1st with this company), & the most successful surf outing I've had. It's a real testament to the skills of the crew & their ability to keep you engaged in the process. This was an incredibly positive experience, & one of the most fun days we've had all year. Seriously, book with these guys asap. You won't regret it!
My husband & I had the BEST time during our surf lesson! The instructors are fantastic at giving exactly the right tips needed to be successful. This was our 4th lesson (1st with t…
Glenn
November 2020
Two friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guys that genuinely enjoy what they are doing and it shows with their energy and love of surfing. Made this old dude feel comfortable, safe and leaving with a strong desire to return for more lessons when i get my body tuned up a bit more. Overall a great time and value.
Two friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guys that genuinely enjoy what they are doing and it shows with their energy and love of surfing. Made this old dude feel comfortable, saf…
Cat
February 2020
An AWESOME experience. As a first-time surfer & someone who was scared of the cold NorCal waters, it turned out to be such a fun, memorable time. The instructors are easy-going but take their job (and your safety) seriously. They’re super encouraging & encourage to try what’s comfortable for you and most of all, enjoy yourself. Would highly recommend & do it again!
An AWESOME experience. As a first-time surfer & someone who was scared of the cold NorCal waters, it turned out to be such a fun, memorable time. The instructors are easy-going but…
Steven
January 2020
This lesson was a great experience! I really didn't know what to expect but I really got a chance to get better at surfing with the help of a pro (Allan). The location was great and the cold weather really wasn't even a factor with the wetsuits.
This lesson was a great experience! I really didn't know what to expect but I really got a chance to get better at surfing with the help of a pro (Allan). The location was great an…
Fraser
January 2020
I had an incredible time with this experience. Alan was our instructor and he was excellent. Alan taught us about the ocean and the fundamentals of surfing and did so in a way that was engaging. We spent a LOT of time in the water, and again, the instruction felt perfect. It was a great introduction to surfing and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.
I had an incredible time with this experience. Alan was our instructor and he was excellent. Alan taught us about the ocean and the fundamentals of surfing and did so in a way that…

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  • Mon, Feb 15
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $109 per person

Activity advisory

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

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 4 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimsuit (arrive with swimsuit already on), towel, sunscreen

Cash for parking and instructor gratuity