California Surf Experience
California Surf Experience
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Teaching surfing is our greatest passion and we love to share the joy of riding waves with our students. Our teaching system has proven to work and is highly rated. Learn to surf the California Surf Experience way! A personalized surf experience handcrafted for you, meaning we focus on you and your group only. Owned & founded by World surf league competitor Ryan Croteau. We offer surf lessons in Laguna Beach for all ages beginner to advanced. Group or private options. Customized surf guided tours, and advanced coaching. Professional coaches, wetsuit and board included.
Laguna Beach, California

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Peter WS
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I booked Ryan for three days of surf guiding. I'm an (early) intermediate surfer, looking to improve. Ryan hooked me up with a great board for my level. His knowledge of which spots to visit to maximise the conditions was invaluable and both his video tuition (for pointing out mistakes in my pop and my stance) and in water (for learnig how to better read waves and position myself) was excellent. By day 3 I was surfing the best I've ever surfed and had some great rides. Next time in CA, I know what I'll be doing!
Written January 22, 2020
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WineandRoseLady
Laguna Niguel, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Signed up for a 1.5 hr private lesson with California Surf Experience for our visiting granddaughter (15). Her instructor, Tess, was wonderful and very successful at teaching! Tess showed her the basics on land, oriented her in the water, choose the right waves (GD rode 6), and made it such a fun and memorable adventure. GD loved the experience and is so excited to go out with Tess again. Looks like surfing will be part of GD's future California summers. We also bought the photo package. The photographer was Paul Maggetti of Maggetti Productions. His work really captured the lesson (over 100 photos), including beautiful closeups.
Written July 9, 2021
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khj
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Called up Wednesday morning and was out on the water 90 minutes later with Ryan. Told him if I got up once (I'm 55), it would be a good day. Was able to surf into shore twice that day and would highly recommend this personalized, one-on-one approach to anyone that is looking to give California surfing a try!
Written March 7, 2022
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Vanessa P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is the third time I take lessons at the California Surf Experience. It has been amazing! My instructor Tony Mendoza is very knowledgeable, patient and very helpful not only to learn the techniques of surfing but also to do it safely. Every time I catch a wave and I fall, he asks me questions about what I think I did for that to happen and I loooove that! Because it makes me think and understand so I can do better next time! and it works! It is just amazing to see when you are doing it right and improving! Everyone should try the California Surf Experience! Very kind, supportive and amazing instructors! Thank you Tony! You are the best!
Written May 20, 2022
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Danny L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Great experience! Our sons thoroughly enjoyed learning from their instructor Tony! He was professional, knowledgeable, and safe. Tony even made an effort to introduce himself to each parent.

We highly recommend the California Surf Experience!
Written August 1, 2022
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Schuyler C
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
My cousin and I each had a private lesson together with Ryan and Tess and it was such an amazing experience! It was her first time surfing and my second time and we both got up 6 out of our 7 surfs. Ryan and Tess are both incredible surf coaches. So kind and encouraging! They made us feel confident and capable. We had so much fun. We learned lots and made wonderful memories. It was a great experience and I highly recommend this company!
Written March 25, 2021
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Aude D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
My surfing session with Ryan was the highlight of my short trip in Laguna - too short. His expertise and passion for surfing were apparent in his clear instructions ans guidance, I felt safe and confident having him by my side though the entire time. Gosh you can't wish for a better surfing instructor.I had a total blast!!! I'm already planning a new trip in Laguna beach to basically book a sessions package with him as this one time wasn't enough. If you are looking into a surfing session, do yourself a favour and book this NOW!
Written June 29, 2023
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Such kind words! made me smile. Thank you !
Written October 7, 2023
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Courtney H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Ryan got my kids in for a weekend lesson at the last minute, and it was an amazing, unforgettable experience from start to finish. He had both kids up and surfing, and gave them a thorough understanding of what to do and how to practice on their own. Added bonus...they saw dolphins, and Ryan paddled right up to them with the kids for an up-close encounter. He created a fun video to document everything. We highly recommend Ryan and California Surf Experience!
Written March 31, 2021
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NatiPieper
Houston, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Alex was excellent at explaining how to surf and then demonstrating how to do it. He was patient with us and encouraging. Our overall experience was fun and Alex was professional, friendly, and so helpful. I highly recommend trying surfing and requesting Alex.
Written July 31, 2023
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larryandstacey
Phoenix, AZ14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
My two oldest kids and I spent a fantastic morning surfing with Ryan! We are all beginners but had taken a couple lessons before. Ryan was our best instructor by far. He was calm, patient, and provided clear and concise instruction. His was by far the best beach session. Highly recommend Ryan, especially for beginners.
Written March 22, 2021
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