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San Diego Surf School
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Owner description: San Diego Surf School introduces surfers of all ages and levels to the sport and spirit of surfing in an energetic and positive environment. With top instructors and bountiful surf lessons and surf camps options, learn to surf with one of the best surf schools in San Diego. Captivated by the ocean at a young age, Souf Tihhi founded San Diego Surfing School in 2000 to share his love for the ocean, teaching surf lessons, and passion for a sport that others will enjoy for the rest of their life. Gratitude is given to mother nature for building 25 years of surfing experience and giving him the opportunity of travel and surf some of the best surf spots in the world. At San Diego Surf Lessons we teach that surfing is not just a sport, but a remedy for life. It is a way to relieve your stress and forget about your worries, spiritual awakening or meditating, keeping balance, staying healthy, and enjoy the sunset as dolphins pass by. Whether your goal is to learn to surf, or take advanced surf lessons, San Diego Surf School in Pacific Beach promises an unforgettable experience! Learn to surf San Diego style with one of our top surf instructors today
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had such a great time learning how to surf. Myles and Robin were excellent teachers. They were fun, encouraging and so patient. We booked an hour and half lesson for us and our two teenage kids with the option to use the equipment for another hour and half more after the lesson. There were two instructors for the four of us. It was very organized. We booked the day before for a 10:30 lesson. We got to the meeting site 10 minutes early to don the wet suits that were waiting for us on the beach. We brought a waterproof camera and the instructors took great shots of us on the waves to remember the moment. We had such a blast, we were laughing and smiling at every moment. We all agreed that we would definitely do this again. It was the highlight of our trip!! Thanks for the awesome experience!!

Thank Michelle F
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Very easy going people run the place and very easy to set up an appointment. Our instructor was Brandon and he was very kick back as well. He was very helpful and informative. Lets be honest though, the beach and waves are other stars. I was surfing in the first 20 minutes and had a blast! I would definitively recommend this place if you are a beginner. My one complaint is that there was no parking near the beach and it was difficult to find parking near the office. We had to walk about 20 min to get down to the beach.

Thank Brad G
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Booked with San Diego surf school for surfing lessons for me and my 2 sons (ages 13 & 16). We arrived around 10:00 for a 10:30 surf lesson. We worked with Johnny for an hour and a half, he is such and excellent and patient instructor. The experience was amazing. I even dropped my son's Go Pro Camera in the ocean and 5 minutes later another instructor found it and brought it over to me. I cannot give our instructor enough praise, I personally fell on him twice trying to get up on the board and he never did anything but laugh it off. An awesome experience and I recommend the school and Johnny highly. We stayed for an additional hour after the lesson surfing and playing in the ocean.

Thank stevenmmayjr
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Everyone was really chill and friendly. Andy was very friendly on the phone and even checked the surf reports to help us decide which day to go. We weren't sure if surfing in February was a good idea, but it turned out great! Our instructer Luis was very patient and informative. He seemed to genuinely enjoy our successes and offered tips which we could immediately apply. After our lesson we were allowed to continue to use the wet suits and boards while surfing as long as we wanted! Make sure to try a few waves on your own before your lesson is over or you might not be completely ready to tackle the waves after your instructor takes off. We will definitely be back next time we are in San Diego and would recommend to any other first time surfers!

2  Thank TomNew93
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We were on a family vacation and the weather was only mediocre. So no lying on the beach. Instead, we signed up the 3 (grown) kids for a 1.5 hr surf lesson. They had a blast. Their instructor, chase, spent the entire time helping them each out individually, and in spite of cool weather (and cold water) and even some rain, they would've gone back every day.
The shop took the kids measurements over the phone, so when we arrived at the beach the bin with proper sized wetsuits was all set for them - very organized. I would highly recommend this for anyone comfortable in the water - they don't take you out into the big waves, so you're not going to get pummeled with a mouthful of salt water. It was just good "clean!" fun.

Thank KathyS155
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