Staying near the pier in Santa Monica gives you many alternatives when it comes to spending your time. People watching is world class, and the city has much to do.....but a very short walk affords you the opportunity to surf in the Pacific. I selected a morning 2 hour lesson knowing that surfing was hard having tried it years ago by myself. This time, I booked a lesson and was paired with Jackson, a twenty year old who looked the part of the quintessential surfer dude. He stayed in the surf the entire two hours with me after teaching me the basics on the sand. By the end of the lesson, I was able to get up and ride waves to shore. Jackson advised, assisted, and facilitated my experience from start to finish and I have nothing but rave reviews for Aqua Surf. Since the lesson, I have been dealing with soreness in areas I didn't know I had! Hope to replay the experience in the future...now I have the basics!