We’re the only surf school in Carlsbad that’s Licensed, Bonded, Insured. 17 years in business
We have the best instructors! Our location is the most friendly wave in San Diego–
We teach to each person’s skill level. We offer same-day appointments and make booking very easy.
We don’t teach you on the whitewash (unless conditions favor it) we teach you how to ride the face of the wave.
We provide top-of-the-line wet suits and surfboards. You don’t have to give a deposit
We guarantee you’ll be up and surfing your first lesson or your next lesson is free.
All the major hotels in Carlsbad refer their guests to Socal Surf Lessons because we have a long great history of making their guests happy! We’re very passionate about making your surf experience one that you will never forget!
So Cal Surf Lessons was started in the summer of 04′ by a lifelong water man, three year California State Lifeguard, high class surfer, long time world traveler, and big wave surfer/bodyboarder named Rusty Friesen. He has developed his business into a year round operation in Carlsbad, CA. Your surf instruction comes from many years experience that these instructors have gained through personal experiences surfing all over the world.
10/10. Took my first ever surf lesson with Shawn and two friends. He had all three of us up and on waves within minutes of us hitting the water. Hung out after the lesson and rode waves near the instructors for another hour. These guys are just out there to have fun and share the stoke. Good vibes all around. I will be looking for them next time I visit Carlsbad for another lesson.
I can't say enough good things about the crew at SoCal Surf Lessons. After a failed attempt at surfing 7 years ago, I decided I wanted to try again this summer and it's been such an incredible experience. Rusty and his crew really know what they're doing and create a fun environment where you're catching waves right away and building confidence in the water, while actually learning techniques so you can surf independently. They provide you all the top of the line gear you need and in great condition. I've had lessons with Justin, Homer, and Mark and their different instruction styles have resulted in different tips and pointers that have helped me continue to progress and made me completely stoked to get out in the water as much as possible.As if that wasn't enough, their friendly and positive vibes on the beach and in the water made my daughter and son feel comfortable enough to give surfing and body boarding a try too and they've been loving their lessons as well.Such a rad experience for me and my little humans and definitely a highlight of our summer!
Billy was an absolutely awesome instructor. For three people who never surfed before, we all were standing up after his instruction. Did not feel rushed, and we had an amazing time. These are the guys to learn with! Thanks to the whole team: Rusty, Billy and Wyatt. Great dudes.
Rusty was very quick to respond via text with answers to questions about the lessons. Our nieces took two lessons on consecutive days and we were very happy with the experience. They had all the equipment the girls needed. Their instructor Justin was fantastic. He was patient and calm and very helpful. Both girls were able to stand on the board by the end of the first lesson and by the end of the second lesson, they were able to do most of the work on their own (although Justin did help with a lot of the paddling and did steady the board a bit to get them going). It was a great adventure and really built their confidence. We highly recommend this company. Would give six stars if we could.