By Chris Warner
Surfing is and extremely fun and healthy activity that just about anybody can enjoy. However, if you’re a beginner, the learning to surf can present a challenge. This is especially true if you don’t learn at the right spots. Fortunately, San Diego County has plenty of beaches suited for beginners, as well as rental shops, surf lessons-camps, and even warm water in late summer-early fall. San Diego also has a lot of other recreational activities.
When learning to surf it’s extremely important to choose the right location. The learning curve can be steep enough, so gentle waves are mandatory for the learning process. They are also just plain safer, you want to leave the harder breaking waves to the more advanced surfers. This is important because even after your lessons since you want to spend a lot of time in the water practicing. Some beginner surf spots that come to mind are La Jolla Shores, Tourmaline, and San Onofre. It is highly recommended that you take a lesson from a professional instructor. Not only will the instructor show you proper technique, but will also show you proper etiquette and will have the right surfboard (and wetsuit if needed) for you to learn on. Professional instructors also know what beach to go to, as well as the right time to go.
Better than just lessons are the all surf camps on the coast of San Diego County. These usually range from one full day to a full week of instruction. Surf camps are best for a learning Blitz before your start to head out on your own. They will definitely shorten the learning curve for you.
Some Popular Surf Camps
Pacific Surf School – Mission Beach
Surf Diva Surf School – La Jolla
SoCal Surf School – Oceanside
SoCal Surf Lessons – Carlsbad
San Diego Surfing Academy – South Carlsbad
Leucadia Surf School – Leucadia
Eli Howard Surf School – San Elijo State Beach
Summer Soul Surf Camp – San Onofre
The water is not warm year round but it is fairly warm in late summer and early fall, and almost always warmer than the rest of California. If a wetsuit is needed it can be rented at one of the many surf shops or a surfing instructor will provide one as part of a lesson.
Aside from surfing, San Diego County offers many other activities. That’s what makes it ideal for families on vacation. For the kids there’s Legoland, SeaWorld, and the enormous San Diego Zoo. For the adults the endless night life and restaurants. For everybody there is the fishing,swimming, this list could go on. Needless to say you can find plenty to do when your not learning to surf.
Southern California is probably the most ideal location in the US to learn surfing. Easily accessible, beginner beaches, and a huge selection of surf lessons and camps. Add to this the natural beauty and variety of activities, why not pick San Diego as you the place you finally learn surfing. As many have already discovered, surfing is much more than just a sport – it’s a way of life. One you can begin somewhere on a beach in San Diego County.