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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Rusty absolutely rocks ! had me and wife ( 60 & 50 of age ) stand up at our very first lesson. We decided from there on to rely on Rusty and his instructor Homer to learn how to surf. Its been 4 lessons now...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter8591
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Rusty is Awesome! We just did a 10 person surf trip to Carlsbad and Rusty hooked us up with all the boards and gear we needed. He had a great selection of boards for the experienced surfers in the group as well as the beginners....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

Without question, the best experience for my three kids and myself. Rusty—super good guy. Jason, Jack and Justin were excellent instructors. Excellent. Instructors. Patient and very helpful for the kids. This is the best surf lessons school in the area. Rest assured.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank peten456
Reviewed March 31, 2018

Friend and I were in town for the weekend and of course we had to go surfing! We didn't want to deal with the hassles of most surf shops and we're so glad we found SoCal. The price was very reasonable, the boards were in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank danielstreater
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

We planned our lessons ahead of time, had great communication with Rusty prior to lesson. He had everything we needed ready on the beach. Our instructors Casey and Billy were so professional and kind. Both kids were standing after two attempts! And they were so...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

Was swapping emails with school proprietor for several weeks before we arrived in Carlsbad, and was a bit scornful of Rusty's claim to have us standing and surfing within the hour. Man was as good as his boast. 11year old son was standing and riding...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2017

We contacted Rusty again before our most recent trip to Carlsbad. This man knows how to run a business! He's super fast responsive to emails, makes setting up the lessons so easy, and is there early to lay out the wetsuits and boards. We had...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Rusty and Justin had 2 Canadian Prairie born boys catching there own waves in 2 hours and both of them feel in love with another sport :-) Rustys little extra explanation about reading waves helped them immensely and gave them the want to keep at...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

My surf lessons with Rusty were a highlight of my trip to Carlsbad. I was initially impressed with the detailed pre-lesson communication of where to meet and what to bring. As for the actual lesson, Rusty and Billy were great instructors, had a positive and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed September 1, 2016

My daughter and I took a surf lesson together at the end of June with SoCal Surf. Rusty, Billy and Jason were fantastic. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and supportive. They have a large variety of boards and wet suits for all sizes. The...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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