I came across surfinsocal the last time I was in LA. I wish I knew about them before getting there. Not only do they offer one on one lessons, no matter what your experience is, they also offer personalized surf trip planning for free before you get into town. Just tell them what you are looking for and they will hook you up with where to surf, eat, stay, go out. Check out their site at www.surfinsocal.com Great way to have a great time.
If you're going to give surfing a shot, you're best off with a lesson (unless you have alien skills for learning physical activities). Learn to Surf LA does a great job of teaching the basics and getting people on their feet. They teach all over Santa Monica bay at Santa Monica, Maibu, Venice, Manhattan... all great places to learn because waves generally stay relatively mellow (though you still want to head out under favorable conditions - Check with the surf school). Learn to Surf LA provides everything you need - board, wetsuit and really good instruction. All you need to bring is sunscreen, a swimsuit and a desire to learn.
Lots of TLC from the female surf instructors at
oceanasurf. Very encouraging.
Learning to surf in Santa Monica is the best!
Lessons are 1.5 hours...plenty of time!
Great for all ages and all sizes.
Everyone can learn to surf here!
Equipment: Oceanasurf provides the surfboard and wetsuit with the lesson. Bring sunscreen, a towel, bathing suit. For all other surf related equipment try Horizons West on Main Street or the all girls shop, Rocker Board Shop on Venice Blvd.
Well if you are here enjoying the sun you might as well take a swim in the sea and relax at the beach. You could also try rollerblading, biking, fishing and hiking along or on the beach.
The surf overhere is gentle due to an offshore breakwater, despite of this it is always smart to watch for postings or if there's a lifeguard on duty.
Picture taken Summer of 2001
Santa Monica has it all for you. The Pacific Ocean serves as the biggest play-water you'll ever have hehe. You'll get to surf, play beach volley balls, roller blade, cycle, even just plain walking. You can walk all the way from Santa Monica beach to Venice Beach, well actually they extend a little further at both ends.
Equipment: Lotsa sun lotion and sunglasses.