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Address: South Carlsbad State Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA
Phone Number: 7602301474
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Description: Safe, educational surfing fun since 1995!

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Pat is the man!

Coach Pat was really flexible in regards to scheduling and payment etc.. a true pro. Immediately my brother and I were comforted by his great vibe and attitude - as we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Kapman2000
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Coach Pat was really flexible in regards to scheduling and payment etc.. a true pro. Immediately my brother and I were comforted by his great vibe and attitude - as we were COMPLETE beginners.. This guy has ENERGY and is very very cool and helpful. By the end of the morning I was catching waves on my own. Couldn't recommend... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I had high expectations of Coach Pat and SDSA based on the online reviews. My expectations weren't just met but were exceeded. He took my daughter and I for a morning lesson and had us both up by the end. Calm, patient and encouraging he made my 12 year old daughter feel comfortable as she struggled to get the hang... More 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I had read the reviews and could not help to have high expectations-- which were surpassed as Coach Pat's enthusiasm, expertise and patience shined. Pulling up to the beach with the kids in the car and Beach Boys on the radio we were thrilled to see his custom painted van waiting for us. Day 1 was with my eldest son... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Based on the positive feedback on Tripadvisor I arranged a private surfing lesson with Coach Pat for me and three of my kids (daughter -14, two sons 12, 9) while we were vacationing in Carlsbad recently. This is the third time we've done a family surfing lesson In the past two years and without a doubt, the quality of the... More 

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Grand Rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We did 5 days of surfing with coach Pat and had a great experience. We are a family of four and Pat worked well with the kids and adults. The kids are 9 and 13 and were able to get up and have a enjoyable time. The water was cold but Pat has excellent equipment for all conditions. He also... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My sisters surprised me with a surfing lesson and photo shoot with Coach Pat and photographer Lori for my birthday I had no idea what to expect,but it sounded like the perfect gift for me. I have been surfing for about five years and, other than my first day surfing, I had never received a lesson and only had a... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I'm back again. I live in Florida and took my first lesson with Pat last year. During this year's trip to San Diego it was a must to get back out on the waves with him. He's great for beginners like myself with tips and advice to get standing on board. It's also obvious that he's a great coach for... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Coach Pat is the best!!!! I love, love, love taking surfing lessons from him and his staff who make the experience fun, safe, and successful. I am always more that satisfied with my experience at SDSA (can you tell I am a frequent flier?). HIghly recommend SDSA to anyone wanting to learn how to surf. You will have a blast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I am from London, England and was on holiday in San Diego last week and really wanted to give surfing a try while I was here. I had a private two hour lesson as a gift for my birthday with Pat and I am so happy that I did the lesson totally made my holiday in San Diego. Pat is... More 

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Temecula, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

A good friend of mine from England was visiting San Diego last week and really wanted to give surfing a try while he was here. I did a lot of research in the months leading up to his visit and kept seeing San Diego Surfing Academy popping up with the highest ratings. I contacted the owner and head surfing coach,... More 

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