Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto the stage at rock concerts before leaping board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a three-hour surfing group lesson from Ocean Experience Surf School, a $105 value.
Ocean Experience is San Diego’s oldest surf school, introducing countless water cowboys to the ebb and flow of nature since 1990. All equipment, including a wetsuit and board, is included, as is transportation for the short jaunt from the surf shop to either Ocean Beach or South Mission Beach, depending on which spot has the best conditions. The first 45 minutes of the three-hour lesson are spent on the sand, learning balance, technique, etiquette, and water safety. Once prospective wave whippers have mastered paddling and the “pop-up” technique in a controlled environment, the group heads out to sea. Spend the remaining two hours in calm water doing some paddling and a few rounds of octopus boxing, before peaking atop watery walls in true surfer fashion.
Classes start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily during the summer, and with sessions capped at five people, each nature tamer will receive the personal attention necessary to stay afloat. After the three-hour lesson, graduates will posses the knowledge necessary to survive an oceanic asteroid impact with little more than a slab of vinyl siding. Schedule your appointment with the tide at least 48 hours in advance.
Reviews are limited, but seven Yelpers give the Ocean Beach Surf & Skate Shop (from which Ocean Experience is based) four stars:
- I am a big fan of OB Surf Shop. I took my first surfing lessons through a guy who worked there and I bought my beautiful baby surfboard from there and got a SWEET deal on it. They have a lot of nice used boards and the staff there is super knowledgeable about boards. – AMANDA L.
- I like the people that work here-they are very cool. – gail p.
- My wife and I have been looking for a surfboard that she can get started on. Ocean Beach Surf Shop was the first place we went to. Everyone was friendly and incredibly helpful. – Andy V.
Ocean Experience Surf School
Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.
4976 Newport Ave.
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