Pop up and
Beginner's Women's and Co-ed Clinics in Santa Cruz
our Dryland Surf Clinic in San Francisco and Sacramento
and then our In-Water Surf Clinic in Santa Cruz and get your
surfing summer started!
clinics are for beginners (never surfed) and novices (have
been on a surfboard before, but need to learn or review
with a Dry land Surf Prep Clinic
a GREAT prerequisite in San
Francisco and in Sacramento
A must pre-water dry land surf
workshop going over some of the fundamentals and
practicing pop-ups on a simulator board.
Classes are 1 1/2 hours and held in San Francisco and in Sacramento. So if your not sure
about hitting the water first attend our Dry Land.
here for pictures using the simulator board.
In-Water Surf Clinic
one 2 1/2-hour lesson, you’ll develop the skills to catch and ride a wave. Most
importantly - you'll have a great time on your first
even use a special technique to bring you out on the
"green water" and give you a little nudge onto a real wave (most beginners just don't have the
paddle power to grab it in time.) You'll have your
instructor right next to you so you really experience
the balance and flow of riding real waves.
In one lesson, you’ll learn the
skills to catch and ride a wave; you'll most likely find
yourself up on your
board the first day out.
water lesson starts with an on-beach orientation where
you'll learn where to lie on the board, several
techniques for popping up, how to center your weight
once up on the water and how to move along the board.
We'll also cover surf conditions, water safety and surf
In the water, your instructors
will give you time to practice solo and also be there
right beside you - literally. They'll stand up next to
you, hold your shoulders and help you up so you can
really feel that on-the-wave experience.
We only teach on
weekends with the right tide conditions, so you get the
best chance Mother Nature can give for good waves.
Clinic class includes wetsuit and surfboard, plus time to practice.
You get lots of personal attention with our 1:4 instructor to student ratio.
We start with a beach orientation where you'll practice
several techniques for popping up. Plus, you'll
have a special equipment orientation at Cowell's Surf
Shop to learn which boards, wetsuits and gear are best
for your level and body type.
Surf Hints, Board Advice & Wetsuit Shopper
With your registration, we'll send you our Surf Hints
(you can even practice popping up at home), Board
Advice (so you know what to rent when you come down
later with friends) and Wetsuit Shopper (so you
know the right thickness & style when you're ready
to buy). Cowell's Surf Shop gives all our students
20% off on everything except boards...so you may
want to look at some suits for a cozy season in the
water. (yes, even in the winter!)
"It was so great to get up.
I didn't think I'd be able to, but the second time I
just did it!"
Q: Why is your surf program the
1. We have women-only as
well as co-ed classes
the only local program that gets you ready for a fun &
easy water lesson with our Dryland Surf Clinic
practicing on our surf board simulators.
3. We have only 4 students per instructor.(Some women's programs put 12 students per instructor -
you just won't get the attention you need in the water
You'll stand up on real waves
We'll help you before & after the class, with our Surf
Hints, Board Advice and Wetsuit
Surf Shop gives our students 20% off on
everything except boards & wet suits.
After this clinic,
you'll be able to rent a wet suit & board and go out
into the surf for fun, fun, fun!
Q: How does a beginner get the
feel of being on real waves?
Our instructors use a special technique of being right
alongside you and gently pushing you onto the wave. They'll
even stand up and support you if needed, so you
can get the feel of balancing on a wave!
Why do you teach at Cowell's Beach?
We partner with the Richard Schmidt Surf School at
Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz - the best spot in California
to learn to surf. The gentle waves break for a long time,
the bottom is sand, and the water is shallow.
Is there anything I can do before class to prepare?
Yes! We will send you the Adventurous Get-Ready Primer on
Paddling Out, Water Judgment, Waiting on your Board,
Catching the Wave and Popping Up. This will get you in the
right mindset - and you can even practice some techniques
before your water class in our Dryland Surf Clinic!
The best thing is to take our Dry
land Surf Clinic
(a requirement for some classes)
Why do you teach in water on certain days?
A: We only teach on days with the right tide
conditions, so you get the best chance Mother Nature can
give for good waves.