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Certified instructors teach wave riders of all skill levels how to conquer open waters on soft-top boards

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Biologists estimate that water makes up 65% of the human body, 71% of the planet's surface, and 0% of the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. Conquer the planet’s most prevalent liquid with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour surfing 101 beginner group lesson from University of Surfing in Pacifica (a $100 value).

The experienced, local instructors at University of Surfing tutor pupils on the basics of wave riding during two-hour introductory classes. After steadying board footing on land, students mount soft safe longboards that allow safe conquering of turbulent waters and avoidance of inflatable orcas. Classes are taught in shallow waters during low tide, accommodating students aged 5–70 who already have basic swimming skills. An included wetsuit and booties insulate the skin against cold water and surprise swedish-fish attacks. Classes are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays, with some exceptions; students can click here for a full calendar.

University of Surfing

As the owner and operator of the University of Surfing, Matt Cole has transformed incredibly talented surfers into an accomplished team of instructors. From Kyla Langen, the 2012 Bud Light Lime Tour Champ, and her globe-spanning surf career to veteran teacher and decorated pro surfer Kevin Rhodes, students reap the benefits of the instructors’ years of experience during two-hour introductory surfing lessons.

The University of Surfing designed their own method for teaching surfing—Surf Tourism—where first-timers can ride a wave like a real surfer. The staff also coaches intermediate surfers and offers private lessons, giving advice about paddling, proper standing technique, and proper burial technique for broken surfboards. In addition, the wave-loving group hosts daylong and overnight camps that cover the deepest aspects of surfing.

Customer Reviews

Great staff of instructors...definitely going back!!
Greg S. · January 7, 2013
Matt rocks and made my first and second experiences amazing. I'm hooked!
Jill · January 17, 2012
Matt was an awesome instructor. He took the time to make sure everyone knew what to do and ensure everyone had tons of fun. Unlike other places, here they actually stay in the water and make sure you get the best possible chance of standing up. I had a blast and highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to learn how to surf.
Kristina S. · November 28, 2011
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    South Lot @ Linda Mar State Beach

    Linda Mar Blvd. and San Pedro Ave.

    Pacifica, California 94044

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