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About Kapowui
At kapowui, we live, eat, and dream surfing. We teach surfing because we want to share our love and stoke for the sport. All of our instructors are imbued with the Aloha spirit. Kapowui believes we are all part of one big family, so when we are doing a lesson, we are 100% focused and in the moment with you. All of Kapowui's instructors live within blocks of the beach and surf every day. This is a life choice for us. We are not a corporate machine grinding out massive quantities of sub-par internet coupon lessons with minium wage non surfing employees. Kapowui is a locally owned business with soul that only hires real surfers. At Kapowui we truly care about your experince. So in the short time we have together we imerese you in the surf culture. Giving you the opportunity to feel the true surfer vibe, and gain a skill you can use forever. That is why many of the 4 and 5 star hotels in Los Angeles call us to service their guest (i.e. Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Beverly Hills Hotel, Shutters, Loews, Viceroy, Chateau Marmont, etc.) Whether surfing is a 1-time bucket list item or a new sport you want to pick up, we will have you up and riding waves your 1st lesson or your next lesson is free. At Kapowui, you are not just another number or dollar sign to us. You are family. So, come hang out with your brothers and sisters, and let's go catch some WAVES!!! Even if you don't do a lesson, come by and say "HI".Your lesson will take place at one of 4 iconic California beaches, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, or Santa Monica, where the sandy bottoms are safe and perfect for beginner lessons. Your lesson includes surfboard, wetsuit, and instructor. We ofer 1 hr., 1 1/2 hr., and 2 hr. lessons. The first 20 minutes of each lesson is done on the beach, covering board design and dynamics, wave dynamics, beach safety, surfing safety, surf etiquette, pop-up technique and form. The remainder of your time is spent in the water, surfing with your instructor. Everything is included, you only need to bring a positive vibe, however people often like to bring sunscreen, towel, and water.
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Surf Lesson 1 person 2 hours
4 reviews
$80.00 per adult
Surf lessons, the first 30 minutes of each lesson is done on the beach, covering board design and dynamics, wave dynamics, ocean safety, surfing safety, surf etiquette, pop-up technique and form. The remainder of your time is spent in the water surfing with your instructor.
Your lesson includes all the equipment - surfboard, wet suit, and instructor.
Your lesson will take place on the border of Venice and Santa Monica, where the sandy bottom is safe and perfect for beginner lessons.
We offer 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 2 hour lessons. The first 30 minutes of your lesson is done on the beach, covering board design and dynamics, wave dynamics, ocean safety, surfing safety, surf etiquette, pop-up technique and form.
The remainder of your time is spent in the water, surfing with your instructor.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've had a few surf lessons before but left feeling like I'd only experienced surfing without gaining any knowledge as to what I was doing or how to attempt it successfully again myself. Kapowi changed this in the first 10 min; hands down best surf...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took a 2-hour group lesson with Todd this morning. Best experience ever!! Todd took time to go over the basics for our beginner group. Once in the water, he worked hard to make sure we all got the right wave for...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2019

I booked a surf lesson for my 18-year-old daughter with Todd for her birthday. Amazing experience! Everything from inviting her to join a group lesson (& giving an extra free hour) to Todd's professionalism and great instruction. Todd was very encouraging, fun, and super engaging....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

The morning I spent surfing with Kapowui was honestly a dream come true. Short version - I got up on my board in less than 10 attempts and by the end of the lesson was surfing to the beach! Plus we got super lucky and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank lisalkm
Reviewed April 5, 2019

This is a great group of instructors, making the experience memorable. I surfed for two days, and was able to get up on the board several times. This was from the great coaching and consistent feedback during the lesson. Additionally all the instructors were extremely...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kingsmc27
Reviewed March 21, 2019

Great experience. Convenient location. Patient instructor! :) It was our first experience, and even though we were terrible at surfing, it was a fun and interesting time!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

I had a great time catching some waves with Todd this morning. Thanks to Todd for breaking everything down in an easy to understand way and ensuring it was a safe and fun experience. I couldn’t have had a better instructor. Also thanks to Hailee...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Preston P
Reviewed February 28, 2019

Decided to try surfing for the first time (I'm 50) and had a lesson with Juan. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging and personable. With his help and coaching I was able to make it up a few times. This is something I will definitely...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mikeo9001
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

My first surfing experience was amazing thanks to these guys! Our instructor Juan was attentive, funny, engaging, and truly dedicated to making sure we knew the basics before taking us out onto the waves. A truly gratifying adventure that I'll never forget. The owner Marty...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank takage21
Reviewed January 5, 2019

If want to learn how to surf and you are in LA, go to these guys. They have everything you need and they are affordable. They are kind, safe, and experienced. Don't think about, just go. Even in not great weather you will have fun....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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I would recommend it, but agree, it's best to contact the company They are a great outfit.