Learn How to Surf in St. Augustine
If you've visited Florida a dozen times or you're a St. Augustine local, you know that surf culture is the cornerstone of our society.
It's time to wise up and take some surf lessons, after all, you're not a true Floridian and/or Florida vacationer until you stand up on a surfboard and ride a wave.
Local classes are very affordable, usually falling anywhere from $40–$80 a day. The more people who take a lesson, the cheaper it typically is per person. A single lesson will give you all the basics to surf on your own. Surf lessons make for a fun group activity with friends and/or family, combining an invigorating workout with precious moments of watching people you care about fall face first into the ocean. Check out these local instructors and camps in St. Augustine and find a place to learn how to surf. If you find a surf class you like, call them to reserve a spot for a class. If you have a bit more time or you're looking for summer activities for the kids, consider checking out surf camps.
Lessons: $40 an hour
5-Day Surf Camp (Ages 7+): $150
Seriously though, could this kid be more stoked to surf?
Stoked to Surf offers lessons for anyone from beginners to competition-level surfers. The classes are taught by a CPR-certified instructor who offers private lessons as well as a week long camp for kids 7 and up. The camp has a 3 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio and runs M–F, 8:45–11:45 a.m. The camp is $150 a week and includes lessons on safety, entering the water, standing up, waxing a surfboard, and more. Camps run until June to early August. Call for more information on group pricing.
4-day Summer Camp (Ages 7-15): $185
St. Augustine Surf School in the nation's oldest city offers private lessons to all ages on how to surf. The lesson is 90 minutes long and led by the owners of Surf School. Not only are the owners CPR-certified, but they care about making your surf experience one for the books, whether you're local or on vacation in St. Augustine Beach. Surf instructors will cover safety precautions of surfing, technique and movements, as well as ocean awareness in order to keep a lookout for the optimal surf times. The price of the class ranges from a group of four or more for $55 a student, to private one-on-one lessons for $75 a student. St. Augustine Surf School also runs a summer camp Monday to Thursday, 9am to 12:30 pm, with Friday being a make-up day. The camp includes a surf competition on the final day and a pizza party at Mellow Mushroom.
4-Day Surf Camp (Ages 7-14): $170
Surf lessons and smoothies at Stir It Up. If that's not a win-win scenario, then I have learned nothing from my time on this planet.
PIT Surf Shop has private lessons available every day of the week with 24 hour notice. Classes are taught by CPR-certified surf instructors and all equipment is provided. The lessons last 2 hours and can be scheduled any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Along with surf lessons, the PIT Surf Shop also offers stand up paddle lessons for those wanting to travel the rivers of St. Augustine. The more friends and family you can get to join you, the cheaper your rate will be per person. Plus, it's not too late to sign up for their surf camp that includes a week of lessons and fun for $170. Surf Camp dates run from May to August. They start on Monday and end on Thursday. The camp starts at 8:45am each morning and ends at 12:30pm.
4-Day Surf Camp: $175-$245
Surf Station offers 2-hour lessons for every level of surfer, whether you're just starting out or looking to sharpen your already fine-tuned wave-catching skillz (with a "z"). As always, instructors are CPR certified and ready to give you an awesome workout on the waves. You'll need to bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, water, and a snack. Rashguards are recommended for beginners, and board rentals and wetsuit (if needed) are provided by Surf Station. Group lessons have a 6 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Surf Station also has a summer camp with half-day and full-day options. The camp runs from the end of May to mid August and includes boards, refreshments, and instruction.
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Cover photo: Stoked to Surf, (904) 501-4446
This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated to reflect current info on surf lessons and camps in 2017.