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Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, United States

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Experience hosted by Cliff

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Beginner Surfing l is our popular 3-hour surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This 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! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:45-2 hours of "water time" in the 3-hour class.

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.
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Surfboard & Wetsuit
From $109
/ person
Sun, Mar 14
$109 per person
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$109 per person
Tue, Mar 23
$109 per person
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$109 per person
Sat, Mar 27
$109 per person
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$109 per person

Meet your host, Cliff

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 54 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hey I'm Cliff the owner of Adventure Out! Adventure Out has been the city-licensed surf school in Santa Cruz for over 15 years and is the only NSSIA (National Surf School & Instructor Association) accredited surf school in Santa Cruz! You will be in great hands with our team!
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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 provide a program & environment that empowers and supports people of all walks-of-life to achieve their wildest adventures in the outdoors, while fostering a respect for and connection to the natural environment. Jump outside and join us on a life changing experience! We'll be surfing on the wild California coast teeming with amazing wildlife.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 54 reviews.

Gwynneth
March 2021
I can not highly recommend this experience enough. I great introduction to getting comfortable on the board and learning important technique to develop good habits and optimal surfing. My friend and I had never been on a board before today but quickly started standing (and falling off plenty) round after round. We had so much fun, we immediately signed up for another session to continue where we left off. Chase was a thoughtful and dynamic coach bringing a lot of experience to our session but also making surfing accessible and less intimidating. Totally hooked and ready to buy my first board!
I can not highly recommend this experience enough. I great introduction to getting comfortable on the board and learning important technique to develop good habits and optimal surf…
Stefano
February 2021
Chase and Aaron are incredibly experienced surfers. They are very friendly and down to earth and they are amazing instructors, doing all they can to help you learn and to instill the love for surfing. They are also very responsible. If in doubt, do take this course, there is a lot to learn.
Chase and Aaron are incredibly experienced surfers. They are very friendly and down to earth and they are amazing instructors, doing all they can to help you learn and to instill t…
Lilli
February 2021
Hi everyone! I purchased the private two-person class with this company. Upon arrival, we find out it is going to be a 4 person class with another couple. The explanations were fairly simple and soon enough, we were out in the water! I’m not sure if our instructor was overwhelmed or if this was one of his first times teaching a class however, less then 5 minutes after we all finally get out into the water he takes my partner out to surf and asks me to please keep an eye on the other members in our class as they didn’t know how to swim... that was my first red flag as I intended to use this class to relax and enjoy the weekend with my significant other however, I did so anyways as I didn’t want the other couple to feel uncomfortable. Our instructor checked on us MAYBE once more after that but mainly assisted my partner and some members of a separate class. After another hour or so, the couple had asked a different instructor to help them back to shore in the hopes that I would get to experience surfing for myself without needing to watch them yet again, my instructor did not approach or offer to help and solely focused on the other class. I had some other instructor talking to me for a bit whose name I did not even catch but at this point, we had 30 minutes left in the lesson and I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to catch even one wave. Finally, on the LAST wave of the day the instructor asked if I’d like to try and I did only to then see him send my partner right behind me resulting in him seconds away from smashing into my face had he and I not reacted fast enough to jump out of the way. Overall, the classes had potential to be great and it feels like other people probably had very different and very positive experiences. Unfortunately, for whatever underlying reason I simply feel taken advantage of.
Hi everyone! I purchased the private two-person class with this company. Upon arrival, we find out it is going to be a 4 person class with another couple. The explanations were fai…
Samantha
February 2021
Was a great surfing class! For those just starting or if you’ve been surfing before the instructor does a great job of tailoring to your needs.
Shine
December 2020
Had a great time and my host was a very good teacher. The way he taught the class was very informative and easy-to-follow. By the end of the lesson I was standing up and catching waves... Although they were little waves. I definitely take another class with him and recommended to anyone who's willing to give surfing a shot.
Had a great time and my host was a very good teacher. The way he taught the class was very informative and easy-to-follow. By the end of the lesson I was standing up and catching w…
Sara
November 2020
Aside from being amazing, stand up humans, Aaron and Chase were also skilled teachers- how they explained things, really felt taken care of out there in the water and constantly encouraged and looked out for. They can take you to that next level for sure.
Aside from being amazing, stand up humans, Aaron and Chase were also skilled teachers- how they explained things, really felt taken care of out there in the water and constantly en…

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  • Sun, Mar 14
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Mar 23
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Sat, Mar 27
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Mar 30
    2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Wed, Mar 31
    2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Thu, Apr 1
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    $109 per person
  • Fri, Apr 2
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Join 2 other guests
    $109 per person
  • Mon, Apr 5
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $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 2 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimwear

Sunscreen