No trip to California would be complete without trying surfing. Ocean Beach offers great opportunities for just that. There are board rental stores all along the beach and up and down Newport Avenue. Most stores offer surf rentals, surf tuition and camps to bring you from novice to expert in no time!
Ocean Beach Surf Lessons on Santa Monica Avenue offer individual and group lessons with patient and professional instructors. They provide you with all the gear to rent to get you started and catching those waves. There are half day and full day options available.
Ocean Experience Surf School on Newport Avenue is San Diego’s first surf school, formed in 1990, so they’ve got the experience. They again offer daily group and private lessons to get you to grips with riding the waves and they cater for any age or experience.
Surf Camp San Diego on Newport Avenue and their experienced team will help new and intermediate surfers hone their skills. They also run all inclusive packages which include surf tuition, rental, beachfront accommodation, meals, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, bike rides and sunset tours. They also provide photo and video analysis of your surfing progress throughout your week’s stay.
If you simply want to rent a surfboard and hang 10 that’s possible too at The Shed OB on Abbott Street or the original store on W Morena Boulevard. It’s a really cool place to check out regardless of renting a board, it’s surf culture personified with a really cool, beachy vibe. Grab your rental from the store and ask for local’s advice on the best spots to surf. Also, if you’re going out alone rather than with a group ask about tides and currents so you stay safe in the water. Locals will know the beaches the best.
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