The Best Place to Learn How to Surf in San Diego

Surfing is hard enough as it is.  Not only do you have to balance and turn on the board, you have to learn to position yourself, paddle correctly, drop in, and pop up on moving waves just to get to the riding part.  It’s like trying to snowboard on a moving mountain or skateboard on a moving street.  (Of course we strongly recommend surf lessons to make the process easier.)

But surfing in San Diego can be made that much harder by choosing the wrong place to go, and so much easier by choosing the best place to surf in San Diego.

We strongly recommend learning to surf in San Diego at La Jolla Shores.  Here’s why:

Every time we cruise by Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach, we watch beginner surfers struggling on the fast, close out waves.  In general the waves at these beaches all break in big sections, called “close out waves”.  This means the whole wave face crashes at once leading to steep drop ins and very little time and room to surf.where to surf san diego

A “close out wave”, found along most of San Diego’s coast, leads to steep drop ins and very little to surf.

At La Jolla Shores, the waves are, in general, much gentler, a bit smaller, and far easier to drop in and leave more room for the fun part: surfing!  We call these “peeling waves” or long board waves” and can make life so much easier for a beginning surfer.Learn more about learning to surf in San Diego at

Photo Credits:

“Close Out” Mike Baird:Flickr:CreativeCommons

“Long Board Wave” SurfCRS:Flickr:CreativeCommons