Pacific Surf School
Pacific Surf School
5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established in 1997, Pacific Surf School is known to be the best surf school in San Diego for teaching beginners how to surf. With multiple surf locations for your convenience Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach and Beautiful La Jolla Shores. Walk-ins welcome at our 4121 Mission Blvd Shop 92109, but we strongly recommend online booking to ensure your instructor and time as we cannot guarantee last minute bookings in shop. also visit our location at Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
San Diego, California

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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Rebekah C
Mineral Wells, TX48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This was an awesome first time surfing experience for my 15 year old niece. The whole process was fast and easy online. Emma was her instructor (solo lesson) and she’s an awesome teacher and encourager! My niece was up on the board and doing great in just 15 minutes. Emma was very concerned with safety and with teaching her how to manage the board herself in the water so she can move toward independence. After watching others in group lessons, I recommend the solo lesson for beginners. It was a great experience! The photo package is also worth it if this is a special memory you want to preserve (or if your teen wants it on IG!). For gratuity for the instructor it can be added when you book online (super easy), or they have a list of the instructors’ Venmo but not all of them do Venmo. They also allow you to leave cash in an envelope, but I think doing it when you book is easiest. There is a paid parking lot across the street or you can look for street parking, but allow time for that. You will have an awesome experience - don’t hesitate to book with Pacific Surf School and ask for Emma!
Written June 9, 2022
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C.H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
Kevin taught my group of 5 and not only was he a great instructor, but his raging enthusiasm was extremely encouraging as we were all first time surfers. Some of us struggled to swim towards the waves and he really helped in hauling our surfboards multiple times towards larger waves so we could make the best of our experience. If you’re looking for a fun and helpful instructor, get Kevin!
Written March 24, 2021
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Champ Jr
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
My daughter and I did a surf lesson together with Bill and it was an amazing experience! We have never surfed before and honestly we were both pretty nervous about it. Bill made us feel comfortable and he explained everything to where it makes sense and he knows you understand. His concern for are safety was top priority before we even went into the water. I’m a 41 year old man and my daughter is 16 and it just goes to show you that you are never to old to learn how to surf. My daughter and I created memories that we will have with us the rest of our lives. Bill you are Awesome!!! Thank you so much for making our family vacation in Mission Beach such a memorable one. We can’t wait to do it again! 🤗😃🏄‍♂️🏄‍♀️.
Written August 2, 2020
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Aloha GChamp! We are stokes to know you had such a great time learning how to surf with Bill! We will make sure to tell Bill about your experience. We hope to have you surfing with us again soon. Mahalo!
Written August 22, 2020
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MU
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We set up a lesson for our 13-year-old grandson. His instructor was Lochlan. Pacific Surf was organized and helpful. They sent timely information when the scheduled site changed and provided great directions. Lochlan did an excellent job with our grandson. He was professional and gave him his full attention. He made sure that he was able to begin surfing and also ensured that he did it right so he could continue to practice on his own going forward. So, good fundamentals but also lots of fun.
Written August 9, 2021
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robert s
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Update gear! I booked a lesson for two and was told instructor name was Fabio. Got to the beach and was switched to Sophie. Waited to get geared up while everyone one else was already suited and being instructed because Sophie was busy talking. Finally she came over and began instruction. Sat for 20 min while everyone else was already making there way to the water. Finally get into the water, and fin falls off board. Leave water to change boards, second board nose of board is broken and folded up?? Instructor says "Really? Well it's to late to switch to another board. Time is almost up." Last ones in the water, first ones out! Then additional $46 for a digital print??? Glad I didn't tip. While the instructor was out in water the whole time, her minimal instruction did not lend to a very good learning experience. For $250+ I would have been better off renting a board learning on my own.
Written July 22, 2021
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niven b
San Diego, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My daughter and I signed up for lessons and we had an absolutely fabulous time. The conditions were decent, a little washed out in places, but no worries there as Edwin and Jennifer expertly navigated the conditions and made sure we caught plenty of waves. A lot of waves. it really was a great time. Our instructors took the time to walk us through techniques on the board, understanding what to look for in waves and when to paddle for them and when to let them pass you. Time was spent on how to deal with breaking waves paddling out and which ones to dive under or go over. All of this information was shared in a manner that made us both very comfortable and having a blast while learning it all. I can't wait to go back and will make sure I request the same instructors as they really made the difference for us. Cheers to Edwin and Jennifer for being so cool and showing us the ropes.
Written August 29, 2022
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We're thrilled to hear about the fabulous time you and your daughter had during your surf lessons! 🏄‍♂️🏄‍♀️ It's fantastic that Edwin and Jennifer expertly guided you through the conditions and ensured you caught plenty of waves, despite some challenges. Their instruction and guidance on techniques, wave selection, and handling breaking waves made a significant difference in your experience. We're glad you felt comfortable and had a blast while learning. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and whenever you're ready for more waves and fantastic experiences, Edwin and Jennifer will be here to welcome you back. Keep riding those waves of enthusiasm and learning! 🌟🤙
Written August 9, 2023
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Parker, CO2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Our daughter Allie had a great experience learning to surf, however, I HIGHLY recommend private lessons. Her instructor Diego was experienced, attentive and felt she was very safe with him (she is 10 yrs old). My only side comment is it was very crowded in a small area, however, it did not take away from my daughters experience. Highly recommend!
Written July 3, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your daughter Allie's positive experience with us! 🏄‍♀️🌊 It's wonderful to hear that she had a great time learning to surf with Diego as her instructor. Safety and personalized attention are essential, especially when working with younger surfers, so we're glad to hear that Diego provided that for Allie. We appreciate your recommendation and understand your observation about the crowded area. Regardless, we're delighted that Allie had a memorable experience. Whenever you're ready for more surf adventures or private lessons, we'll be here to welcome you back. Keep that enthusiasm for surfing alive and ride on! 🌟🤙
Written August 9, 2023
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Maddi d
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Great experience with this surf lesson program. Booked online, super simple. Eric and Nick were our instructors...they were fantastic. My twins who have NEVER surfed before were up and surfing the waves within five minutes of hitting the water. Great coaching and encouragement. Thanks for a fantastic morning!
Written April 4, 2021
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Courtney T
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
First time I have ever surfed and I booked the 4 day private lessons. It was so great because my instructor Donagh was very good at teaching and really helped me throughout the whole 4 days. He got me to stand up on the board on day 1. He was encouraging personable and patient. Even when I thought I wasn’t doing well he praised me with what I did right and gave feedback each time we caught a wave. Highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to learn. Reasonable price easy to navigate and super FUN!
Written July 14, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience with us! 🏄‍♂️🌊 It's amazing to hear that your decision to book the 4-day private lessons with Donagh was such a great choice for your first-time surfing adventure. It sounds like he was an excellent instructor, helping you stand up on the board on day 1 and providing consistent guidance and encouragement throughout the entire journey. His teaching approach of praising your successes and providing feedback clearly made a positive impact. We're thrilled that you had a reasonable, enjoyable, and super fun time learning to surf with us. Whenever you're ready for more waves and fun, we'll be here to welcome you back with open arms. Keep riding that wave of learning and enjoyment! 🌟🤙
Written August 9, 2023
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HuskerNeen
Springfield, VA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I cannot say enough great things about Pacific Surf School. From the moment the lesson was booked, until everything was finished, the service and professionalism was top notch. My daughter (8) had an absolute blast and cannot wait to go surfing again. Her teacher was Jonathan and he was so patient with her. He was also her biggest cheerleader for every triumph - genuinely excited when she stood up and rode a wave for the first time. I cannot recommend the school, and Jonathan, more highly!
Written July 21, 2021
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