Santa Monica Beach – Just North of Lifeguard Tower 28

Our big blue surf truck is parked across the street from the Ocean View Park (address: 2701 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA)
We are near the border of Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Your instructor will meet you by the AQUA SURF vehicle to size your wetsuit/s properly.  Please feel free to walk down to the beach if you are early, or call/text us.

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What To Bring

  • Please advise the director on-site and your surfing instructor upon arrival of any medical conditions, injuries, or allergies.
  • Please make sure we have your cell phone number, and best contact numbers (important)
  • Fresh towels
  • Sunblock (SPF 30 or SPF 50)
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Water (H2O)
  • Cash for beach parking and instructor gratuity (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Flip flops (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • A positive attitude
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How do I get the most out of my surf lesson?

 Talk to your instructors before, or during the lesson about what you want to accomplish, experience, goals, and progress.

How do I prevent sunburn?

Apply generous amounts of sunblock before arriving at the beach.  Pack a HAT.  Use a surf-specific sunscreen (such as Zinka) on the cheeks, nose, and face (as needed).  You may also purchase sunscreen from AQUA SURF (upon arrival) click here for details.

What else do I need to know?

We recommend secure swimsuits that hug your body.  Swimsuits that will hold up against the elements are strongly advised.

Should I arrive early, and is there traffic?

We suggest arriving 15minutes early so you can fully prepare for your lesson.  Traffic is unpredictable, and on hot summer days (especially weekends) you can count on beach/freeway/parking traffic.  We usually book lessons back-to-back, so if you are late it will shorten your surfing time.  If you are parking, there is a two-hour and an all-day beach parking lot.  Both parking lots have machines that accept credit cards.

Do I need to tip surf instructors?

Gratuity for surf lessons is customary, but not required.

Other:  Please refer to our POLICY for cancellations, reschedules, and refunds.

We encourage AQUA SURF students to stay connected with us via social media.  Look out for our discounted winter lessons, spring break camps, birthday beach surf parties, and surfing trips.  AQUA SURF teaches every day — all year round.

Please print and sign your Liability Form by clicking here or you can fill one out upon arrival.