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“Excellent Experience”

Leucadia Surf School
Ranked #1 of 14 Tours in Encinitas
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Owner description: At Moonlight Beach. 16 years in operation since 2002. All equipment, softboard and wetsuit, included. Year-around beginner surf lessons and summer surf camps for adults and kids. Fast results, surf on your first time out. Experienced Instructors, easy waves. Our city permit location is at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California. We are a fully insured and permitted surf school.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed May 24, 2016

My husband and I had a private two hour surf lesson with Leucadia Surf School and it was one of the most exciting things we have ever done. Before getting in the water, we were taught some great lessons on safety. Once in the water, we were up and riding waves almost immediately. Gerry made sure we were set up with all the info we needed so that we could go out an catch some waves on our own next time. It was well worth the experience and a must do while in Southern California.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Terianne B
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Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Excellent instructor for our daughter. It was a slow day with some rain, so she got one on one instruction. She was up immediately once they went into the ocean.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Dustin R
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Reviewed October 22, 2015

Gerry and his team kept their promise of getting everyone standing up on their boards on the first day. Motivated by their success, the kids (11, 12 & 15) were eager to keep surfing for the five-day surf camp. He has a low instructor-student ratio, so it seemed as though there was always someone to help the kids catch a wave. His young instructors kept it fun for the kids.

My husband & I also gave it a go and were surprised to find that we too were able to get up on the board (more than once!) during our first morning out there. Gerry took the time to explain some options for me, so that even with a bad knee, I could stand up. He also makes sure to choose a board that suits each participant's size and ability, and gave us the attention we needed in the water.

Gerry's open and easy-going manner put everyone at ease and ensured we all had a great time. The only downside would possibly be the range of ability among his instructors: some were fantastic, making sure to give you the pointers you needed to get up and giving you a push of the right strength at just the right time. A couple were less in tune with their students' needs. Having said that, most of the instructors were great and the kids quickly learned who to avoid.

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank NMSwiss
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Reviewed September 25, 2015

Gerry is professional and well versed in teaching beginning surf, but he treats you like you've been best friends for years.

You can tell his first goal is to keep everyone safe. He goes over and repeats many times simple tips to stay safe and ways to make progress after the lesson. But overall, it was a fun day and he kept us laughing. It's been weeks since my lesson, and I'm still surfing. Thanks Gerry!

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Pepper D
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Reviewed August 7, 2015

My 8-year-old son had a free day while we were in the San Diego area, and Gerry allowed him to join in for a day of the usual 5-day surf camp. He had a wonderful time! Thanks to the wonderful instruction, he got up and was surfing with no problems and in no time at all. Full wetsuit (provided) kept him warm. The lessons begin with a short on-beach instruction, then they get them right into the ocean for a total of 3 hrs. Gerry Kantor, the owner, is super easy to work with. It can all be arranged by phone, payment is simple, and the instructions for where to meet, etc., are spot-on. We will definitely be back for more lessons, and next time allow more than a day. My son is hooked!

Date of experience: August 2015
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