Van Curaza Surf School
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Van Curaza Surf School, the premier Surf School of the central coast, is nestled the landing passage of beautiful Avila Beach. Offering everything from private surf lessons to summer surf camps, corporate team building or big wave coaching, we provide an all around awesome ocean experience. VCSS owner and surf legend, Van Curaza, has created a highly successful method to teach any age, any ability and anyone to surf. His extensive knowledge of surfing comes from competing professionally, surfing around the world, conquering BIG waves and and teaching surfing for 30+ years. There are no limits to where VCSS can take you, from beginners to advanced coaching, from knee high waves to jet ski tow in, VCSS has something for everyone. VCSS summer camps have a variety of fun and educational activities in Avila Beach. From exploring hidden caves only accessible by epic paddling adventures to learning about and seeing up close our local sea life, surf camps open up a whole new world to kids. Exploring tide pools and jumping off a reef into the beautiful big blue are all part of the great camp experience. It's all about Surfing, Safety and FUN! With top of the line surf instruction, kids leave camp with the ability and knowledge to safely surf and practice their new skills on their own. Come on out and start surfing, we would love to see you in the water! Aloha, Van Curaza Surf School
Avila Beach, California

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brookel69
San Luis Obispo County, California2 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a great experience for my 8 year old niece! She had never surfed and was nervous about wearing a wet suit - and sharks. The crew was friendly and professional from start to finish. They helped fit her in a wet suit and had her standing up on her first attempt! The staff were incredible with the kids, especially Jada. Her encouragement for each surfer helped them build confidence and keep on paddling out! Highly recommend and we'll be back!
Written August 12, 2021
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Grandma358
5 contributions
Aug 2021
My grandkids were nervous before the class but really enjoyed the half day surf camp. The two instructors were very good with them (Jada and ?) and helped them achieve success whilst making it fun and enjoyable. They can't wait to take another class.
Written August 11, 2021
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Melissa661
Bakersfield, VT2 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
My 13 yr old daughter had a private lesson on Sunday, July 21. She had received the surfing class as a Christmas present and was excited to finally take her lesson. We met her instructor, Bingo, and he was super friendly. My daughter was able to stand on her surf board within minutes. She can't wait to take another lesson!!!! Thanks Bingo!!

Sincerely,
Melissa
Bakersfield, CA
Written July 24, 2014
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Hello Melissa, Thank you for the review! Your daughter did great, what an awesome Christmas present! We are glad she had fun and Bingo is great! Hope to see you back! Aloha, The VCSS Crew!
Written July 31, 2014
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ahaynesmd
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Jun 2014 • Couples
My wife and I wanted to try surf lessons for our 15th wedding anniversary, part of our bucket list. We had a GREAT experience with Van. He provided the wet suits and boards. The cost was very reasonable. We spent about 30 minutes on the beach learning the technique, and an hour and a half in the water giving it a shot. I didn't think I was going to get up but made it to the beach once. My wife made it TWICE! Van was there to ensure our safety, find waves for us, and encourage us. The paddling out the waves is the hardest part. Overall, it was wonderful, and I would highly recommend!
Written July 15, 2014
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Thank you for the review, you guys did great! What an awesome way to celebrate 15 years of marriage! Aloha, The VCSS Crew
Written July 16, 2014
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knerli
Woodland, CA1 contribution
Jul 2014 • Family
My son is completely hooked on surfing. It is so great to take him to Van Curaza Surf School and know that he is going to have fun in a safe environment. He is learning to live an active and healthy lifestyle thanks to venues like Van Curaza Surf School
Written July 22, 2014
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Hello Kimberly! Thank you for the review! He did so awesome this summer, it was a blast watching him catch on to something as fun a surfing! Maybe one day he will be an instructor! ;-) Aloha, the VCSS Crew!
Written July 24, 2014
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Jennifer S
2 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Bingo was a great instructor. All of us (ages 14 to 51) were able to get up and surfing very quickly in our first lesson. We went back for a 2nd day and thoroughly enjoyed both days. We also saw Van instructing some young children while we were having our lesson and he seemed to be doing very well with them and they appeared to be having a great time as well.
Written July 19, 2014
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Hello Jennifer! Thank you so much for the review, you guys did great! We are so glad you had a good time with Bingo, hope to see you again! Aloha, the VCSS Crew!
Written July 24, 2014
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pazienza_virtuouso
Pasadena, CA1 contribution
Jul 2014
Overall, we were well taken care of; from scheduling and checking in with Emma, being welcomed and suited up by Van, and being taken from sand to surf and safely back to sand again by Bingo. This was a great experience from start to finish, that we will recommend to friends and family alike!
Written July 18, 2014
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Hello There and thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with VCSS! Keep on surfing! Aloha, VCSS Crew!
Written July 24, 2014
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Tlcinmrn
Asheville, NC2 contributions
Jul 2014
Dan the instructor was excellent! He was very informative and patient with our daughter. I was amazed at how quickly she was standing and surfing!
Written July 14, 2014
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Thank you for the review! Dan is a great instructor, we are so glad she enjoyed her time with us! Aloha, The VCSS Crew!
Written July 16, 2014
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KRISTEN N
INDIANAPOLIS44 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Bingo Farmer was the instructor for my lesson with my 14 year old son. He was fun, but also very serious about safety and serious about making sure we had a good time. It was a blast and well worth the money for the time and attention. Plus, the dolphins were out when we were there, making the day even more spectacular Boards and wet suits are provided. Just bring a good attitude and don't bother to fix your hair and makeup.

Here's a little video I made of our surfing adventures: http://youtu.be/D3Uf2yAd9Og
Written July 9, 2014
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Hello Kristen! We are so glad you guys had a blast, thank you for the review! It's always a good time when the dolphins are in town! Aloha, The VCSS Team!
Written July 10, 2014
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tmdsgy
San Luis Obispo, CA53 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Great instructors: knowledgable and kind. Very organized. We loved the ability to have a flexible schedule
Written July 19, 2018
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Thank you for the review! Much Aloha, The VC Crew!
Written July 30, 2018
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