Surfing Lessons in Pacific Beach

Mission Beach Surfing Lessons offers the best surf lessons in Pacific Beach. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate surfer we provide surfing lessons for surfers of all ages. Visit us and see why our surf lessons in San Diego was voted "Travels Choice Award " over 7 years in a row.

San Diego Surf Lessons
Pacific Beach

Considered the most beginner friendly beach, Pacific Beach is the best place to learn to surf in San Diego! Mission Beach Surfing School in Pacific Beach offers many different options for surf lesson types depending on your group or individual needs year round. From Private surf lessons, Semi-Private surf lessons for 2-3 people or even Group surf lessons for groups over 4 people, we have the surfing option that will best fit you and your family.

With our professional surf instructors you will learn surfing in a fun and safe environment. Every one of our instructors are CPR certified, Lifeguard trained, and are Certified in Open Water Safety. All the equipment of the lesson is included and we guarantee you will be stand up on a surfboard by the end of your surf lesson.

Purchase our photo package and our onsite professional photographer will capture you standing up on your first wave. High resolution images will be emailed to you right after your surf lesson in San Diego.

For your convenience, we are located right on the sand in the beautiful Pacific Beach. Contact us now!

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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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Perfect 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






Our four lesson package was created for you to learn the basics of surfing and develop your surfing skills. 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.​

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Surf Lessons

We offer 5 star quality surf lessons taught by Professionally Certified surf coaches. All of our lessons are 90 minutes and all of the surfing equipment included.

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Surf Camp

Give your children the gift of surfing with Mission Beach Surf Camp. Surf Camp is a excellent experience for kids and teens alike to meet new friends, learn how to surf, and most of all create lasting memories.

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Stand Up Paddle

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is a great alternative to surfing. Enjoy the calm waters of Mission Bay and maybe even see a seal!


Pacific Beach has ideal surfing conditions for beginners and intermediates for most of the year, but the best period often extends from mid-Spring through late Fall. If you don’t mind the cooler water, winter can also be a great time to learn to surf, as the beaches are less crowded.

Yes, Pacific Beach has much more to offer beyond surfing. You can stroll along the boardwalk, visit Crystal Pier, enjoy an afternoon in the beautiful Mission Bay Park, or explore the nightlife at Garnet Avenue. Pacific Beach also has plenty of rental shops for gear like bicycles or paddleboards if you want to try out other outdoor activities.

Pacific Beach offers plenty of dining options. For seafood lovers, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood and Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar are local favorites. The Baked Bear is heaven for dessert enthusiasts with their custom-made ice cream sandwiches. For a refreshing craft beer, Amplified Ale Works comes highly recommended.

The water temperature at Pacific Beach typically ranges from the upper 50s (°F) in winter to the upper 60s in summer, making it fairly pleasant for surfing all year round.

Yes, Pacific Beach is generally considered a safe area to visit and surf. Our surf school prioritizes safety, and we do our best to provide a safe and fun surfing experience. Of course, as when visiting any beach, always be aware of your surroundings, adhere to local safety regulations, and avoid going into the water alone if you are not a confident swimmer.

Pacific Beach has a rich surfing history. The culture and sport of surfing have been ingrained into the community since the early 1900s. Many surf legends have surfed Pacific Beach’s waves over the years, and it has produced numerous champions. It is home to various surfing competitions throughout the year and continues to be a hub for surf culture and the surfing community.

Yes, there are several public transportation options available to reach Pacific Beach. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates bus routes that stop through Pacific Beach. The area is also accessible via cab, Uber, or Lyft. For those who prefer a more active mode of transit, cycling is a popular option.

Surfing conditions can vary widely across California’s expansive coastline. Pacific Beach, however, is known for its consistent, beginner-friendly waves, fairly warm water, and sandy bottom. These features make it an ideal spot for learners compared to some other beaches that may have rockier surfaces or more challenging wave conditions.

Yes, surf lessons are available for children at Pacific Beach. However, there is a minimum age requirement of five years old, and all children should be able to swim before participating in surf lessons. This is for their safety and to ensure the best possible surfing experience.

While Pacific Beach is an excellent place to surf, there are also other great surf spots in the nearby area like Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores. Each of these locations offers different types of waves and surf conditions, catering to different skill levels.

At Mission Beach Surf School, we prioritize the safety of our students. Our instructors are all Red Cross certified in CPR and trained in Ocean Rescue and First Aid. They provide safety instructions at the beginning of each lesson, continuously assess sea conditions, and stay vigilant while instructing in the water. Furthermore, our small group sizes ensure that each student is under the close supervision of our instructors.