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Beginner Surf Lesson - San Francisco

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 78 reviews.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
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

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.

What's included

  • Equipment
    Surfboard & Wetsuit
From $109
/ person
Sat, Aug 1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$109 per person
$109 per person
Sun, Aug 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$109 per person
$109 per person
Sun, Aug 2
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$109 per person
$109 per person

Meet your host, Cliff

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 78 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 4.97 out of 5 from 78 reviews.

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…
Surishaday
January 2020
Got a nice first intro to surfing, it’s basics, safety and being able to actually feel like my time in the water was worth it. Fun guys and experience despite the freezing weather but its what made this lesson exciting! Can’t wait to comeback once my muscles recover from the oceans beating. Mahalo!
Got a nice first intro to surfing, it’s basics, safety and being able to actually feel like my time in the water was worth it. Fun guys and experience despite the freezing weather…
Joe
December 2019
The instructors James and David both did an outstanding job showing the group how to surf. They were extremely thorough in their instructions and made it a welcoming learning experience
Jo
November 2019
I absolutely recommend this surfing class. I loved it and would even consider taking the same class again. I learned surfing tips and techniques and got to spend a fun morning with friendly people. The instructors were very friendly and encouraging. I liked that it was such a small group with a good ratio of students to instructors!
I absolutely recommend this surfing class. I loved it and would even consider taking the same class again. I learned surfing tips and techniques and got to spend a fun morning with…

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  • Sat, Aug 1
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Sun, Aug 2
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Sun, Aug 2
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Mon, Aug 3
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Aug 4
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Wed, Aug 5
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Thu, Aug 6
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Fri, Aug 7
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    $109 per person

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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.

More tips

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.

What to bring

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

Cash for parking and instructor gratuity