Learning to surf encourages students to feel the sand between their toes, don wetsuits, and honor former teammates by pouring out some SPF 15. Enjoy coastal conviviality with today's Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $148 for a half-day children's or teen's coed surf camp (a $297 value)
- $249 for a full-day children's or teen's coed surf camp (a $500 value)
Children aged 5–10 gain from both dry-land and in-water training at Kids Surf Camp, held at La Jolla's sandy-bottom beach. For five days, instructors lead four students each through demonstrations and repetition of basic surfboard handling, catching waves, and more advanced maneuvers such as tying each other's shoelaces together midride.
Camp for teens aged 11–17—known as the Australian Surf Academy—pairs five students with each instructor and branches groups into beginners or experienced surfers before each wave rider hones on-board etiquette and environmental knowledge. The group learns to develop balance, tricks, and maneuvers and how to play fun Australian–style beach games.
Both camps teach children and teens to feel confident and comfortable in the water, whether they're catching a wave or communicating with shy dolphins. Enrollment includes ultrabuoyant soft-foam surfboards and rash guards.
When twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi decided to pursue a career that combined their passion for surfing and their love of the ocean, their calling came in the form of starting Surf Diva. Before long, they were on course to becoming a lauded school for coed surfers in California and Costa Rica. Augmenting the pair's teachings is their team of certified instructors, all graduates of their school's intensive training program and certified in CPR and first aid. Committed to their expertise in surfing, many of the instructors also hold down careers as firefighters, paramedics, and snowboarders, granting them the combined know-how to put out beach bonfires with a casual backflip.
The team's instruction ranges from coed group lessons and competitive coaching sessions to two- or five-day women’s weekend surf clinics. When they're not teaching surfing, crew members commit themselves to alternative teaching programs in yoga and standup paddleboarding, helping surfers to conquer the water with their bodies as well as with their very buoyant hearts. The twins' Costa Rica program also helps women and families hone boarding skills abroad while becoming fully immersed in the Costa Rican culture.