Los Angeles Surf Lessons & Camps
Welcome to “Los Angeles’ Premier Surf School”
The Los Angeles Business Journal referred to Campsurf as “Los Angeles’ premier surf school.” We are the official surf school of the city of Manhattan Beach and have been contracted to run their Department of Parks and Recreation surf classes since 1997. We have been featured on ESPN, Fit TV, K-CAL Channel 9, the nationally broadcasted CBS Morning show, HD Net’s “Get Out!” and the nationally syndicated TV show “The Doctors”.
Our lessons and camps take place at Rosecrans Avenue in the El Porto area of beautiful Manhattan Beach, just 2 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With it’s stunning beach and consistent, year-round surf, Manhattan Beach is the best location in Los Angeles to take a surf lesson. Los Angeles Magazine listed El Porto and Campsurf in their August 2009 “Best of LA” issue as the “Best Beach for New Surfers“.
Why Learn with Campsurf?
All of our lessons emphasize safety and fun, but we also take the next step and teach our students to view the ocean with a surfer’s eye so they can safely and confidently ride waves on their own. Our professional surf instructors have taught thousands of students and can assess and address bad techniques so students can improve and move forward on their surfing path. All of our surf lessons and surf camps include the use of quality surfboards and Body Glove wetsuits and we are well stocked in all sizes of both.
What really sets Campsurf apart from other Los Angeles surf schools are Our Instructors. All of our instructors are CPR and First-Aid Certified and are experienced surfers and watermen. Our staff consists of former owner of Peninsula Surf Shop, Chris Brown, top competitive surfer and local standout, Tommy Ostendorf and Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Director, Mark Gerold, who have almost 15 years experience teaching with us. Our crew also includes professional surfers Jamie Meistrell, Chris Wells and Kelly Zaun, Tavarua lifeguard and boatman Jason Napolitano, the #1 rated surfer in the NSSA college division, Dayton Silva, as well as long-time head instructor Taylor Hein. All of our instructors bring their surf culture and stoke to our students through proven teaching techniques. We are stoked on our crew and can guarantee you will not find a more experienced group of surf instructors at any other surf school. Check out Our Instructors page to meet the crew and see for yourself.
At Campsurf we use only the best equipment for our Surf Lessons and Surf Camps. In 2012, we partnered with leading wetsuit manufacturer, Body Glove, and their local retail surf Shop, Dive N’ Surf. Through this relationship, all Campsurf clients will have access to new, top of the line wetsuits and surfboards from Body Glove and will receive a VIP card for a 20% discount on all non-sale store purchases and 10% off surfboards at Dive N’ Surf. Body Glove is a huge supporter of the local South Bay surf community and we couldn’t be more stoked to have them as a partner.
What We Offer
Private Surf Lessons: For those interested in one-on-one personal attention to jump start their surfing experience or novice surfers looking to take their surfing to the next level. Having a beach day with the family or friends? Start if off with a few waves and a few laughs!
Summer Surf Camps: Our Summer Surf Camps are great for local and visiting kids interested in spending a few days or weeks learning to surf in Manhattan Beach. Our 1:4 Instructor to student ratio ensures quality surf instruction and safety to all participants. The only beach camp to accommodate the Jr. Lifeguard schedule!
Beach Volleyball Lessons, Clinics & Camps: We have just launched a variety of Beach Volleyball programs. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, kid or adult, we’ve got a program for you.
After School Surf Programs: A new program offered to local students craving some beach time after a long school week. The Friday Surf Class meets Fridays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and is open to surfers of all abilities. Surf instruction and equipment provided.
Corporate Surf Lessons: A great and inexpensive way to entertain clients and boost employee morale. Catering and other beach activities can be coordinated upon request. We’ve taught groups of over 50. The more the merrier!
Group Surf Lessons: Share your surfing experience with other beginner surfers. Currently our Group surf lessons are offered Saturdays at 10:00AM during the summer months.
Private Parties: Have a Birthday coming up? Bachelor or Bachelorette party? We will put together an awesome event you and your friends will never forget! Catering and other beach activities can be coordinated upon request.
Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons: (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE) Private SUP Lessons are available daily with local expert, Tamara Lentz. We provide the SUP and Wetsuit.
Advanced Surf Instruction: Already have a solid foundation in surfing, but ready to take it to the next level? We can get you there!
To inquire about our Surf Lessons, Surf Camps or other Surf Programs, choose from the links above or Contact Us directly. You may also schedule your Surf Lesson or Camp online using the button below. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you in the water soon!