Corky Carrolls Surf School
At Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica State Beach, swells are roughly 40% smaller than the towering waves of the rest of Southern California. Its gentle surf makes it an ideal spot for Corky Caroll’s Surf School, whose team teaches novices to surf through a mix of instruction, hands-on practice, and catnaps in the sand. For an extra dose of adventure, surfers can jet to an entirely different country. At the school’s weeklong surf camp in Nosara, Costa Rica, students master the basics in tropical, 80-degree waters.