Surfing Lessons in La Jolla

Mission Beach, where the fun never stops.
Grab your board and learn to surf in La Jolla with the Mission Beach Surfing School! Our school has been nominated "Travels Choice Award" for 7 years straight, and offers high-quality lessons for all ages. From beginner to intermediate surfing, we specialize in spreading stoke through surfing!

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Whether it's your first time at the beach or you're a seasoned surfer, Mission Beach Surf School can help you get up on your first wave. Our team of dedicated instructors is on hand to make sure that you have an incredible experience and make it back safely to your beach towel.

We offer you the best and most fun surf lessons on Mission Beach. Our water safety certified staff will make learning to surf an enjoyable experience. You’ll learn how to surf safely from our professional instructors, who guarantee that you’ll stand-up by the end of your lesson.

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When you take your surf lesson, we'll start with a land instruction covering topics like:

Check out our Different options



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one-on-one Surf Lesson. Perfect Option for the surfer that is looking for a tailored lesson to meet you Surf level needs.



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Great Option For smaller groups of 2-3 people



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Group surf lesson
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One free Surf Lesson when you purchase in a package






The Mission Beach Surfing School's four lesson package is designed to start you on the road to becoming a great surfer. The four lesson package is the best way to learn how to surf in our opinion! We take baby steps with our lessons so you don't get frustrated, but still gain confidence in yourself and your surfing abilities.

Our instructors will teach you the fundamentals of surfing including how to paddle, pop-up and maintain balance while surfing. Advance from surfing the white wash to surfing the glassy part of a wave and learn proper surfing etiquette.

Choose your Experience


Surf Lessons

We have instructors on the beach teaching surf lessons every day of the week from Monday to Sunday.

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Surf Camp

Let your children have amazing new experiences, make new friends, create lasting memories and experiences.

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Stand Up Paddle

Stand up paddle board is a great alternative to surfing and boating for people of all ages.


For a surf lesson in La Jolla, we provide all the necessary equipment such as the surfboard, wetsuit, rash guard, and leash. You are advised to bring a bathing suit to wear under your wetsuit, a towel, sunscreen to protect from sunburn, and water or light snacks might be useful too. A change of clothes is also beneficial to have after your lesson.

La Jolla is known for its gentle waves, crystal clear water, and unique sea life which makes it an excellent place for beginners to learn how to surf. It’s less crowded than some other San Diego beaches which allows for more personalized instruction and more space for beginners to practice.

Absolutely! La Jolla is home to a variety of activities and attractions. There is the famous La Jolla Cove where you can snorkel and see seals and sea lions. You can also visit the Birch Aquarium, take a stroll in La Jolla Village, or explore the numerous boutiques, galleries, and restaurants in the area.

The cancellation policy can vary, so it’s suggested to check our website or contact us directly for the most current information regarding cancellations and refunds.

Yes, surf equipment is available for rent after your lesson. Please contact us for information on rental availability and prices.

Yes, all instructors at La Jolla Surf School are certified professionals. They are Red Cross certified in CPR, trained in Ocean Rescue, and First Aid to ensure the highest level of safety for our students.

Yes, surf lessons are available for children at La Jolla. The general recommendation is that the child be at least 5 years old and have basic swimming abilities to start surfing lessons. This is to ensure their safety and comfort during the lessons.

Absolutely! Surfing lessons at La Jolla are extremely suitable for beginners. The relatively gentle waves and the clear water make it an ideal location for first-time surfers and those looking to build their confidence on the board.

While the ideal surfing conditions can vary depending on numerous factors, mornings are generally a good time to surf in La Jolla. The winds are usually calmer, and the water conditions are typically more suitable for surfing. However, it’s always best to check the daily surf report for the most accurate information.

La Jolla is exceptional for surfing, especially for beginners. However, San Diego is blessed with several great surfing beaches. Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach are all nearby options, each with their unique conditions and wave types. The right beach for you might depend on your skill level, surfboard type, and personal preference.

The surf at La Jolla is quite versatile and suits various types of surfboards. For beginners, it’s generally recommended to start with a longboard because they provide good stability and make it easier to learn how to catch waves. As you progress, you might want to transition to a funboard, or even a shortboard, depending on the wave conditions and your personal preferences.

Just as with any public beach, surfers in La Jolla are expected to follow the standard rules of marine and beach safety. Also, some areas might have designated zones specifically for surfing, swimming, or other water activities. These zones are usually clearly marked, but if in doubt, do check with a local lifeguard. Additionally, respecting fellow surfers and adhering to the unwritten rules of surfing etiquette is recommended.

The amount of time it takes to learn how to surf can vary significantly from person to person and depends on a variety of factors such as physical fitness, comfort in the water, and frequency of practice. Many beginners can start catching waves after a few lessons, but gaining proficiency and confidence can take several lessons or more. Remember, surfing is a skill that improves over time, and even the most seasoned surfers are always learning and growing.