Frequently asked questions!

Which beach do we go to?

We go to Santa Monica Beach just about directly in front of the Annenberg Community Beach House.  We're very happy about this location for several reasons:

  • The slope of the beach is ideal for learning to surf
  • Most of the tourists and other surfers crowd the beach further south 
  • The city lifeguard resources in this region are directed mostly towards our camp

 What do I need to bring?

A towel, sunscreen, water, your favorite snacks, lunch, hat, sunglasses, sandals, light jacket/sweatshirt, personal Rx (make sure that medical information is on your registration form).

Hot Tip: Zip-Lock brand one-gallon freezer bags are a great way to store and protect those valuable items you want to keep sand and water free!    

What is the best type of sunscreen?

You'll need a sunscreen that's at least SPF 30 and water-resistant. You'll need to reapply every couple of hours. We recommend using zinc for your face, due to its heavy water resistance. A sunscreen spray may be easiest for protecting the rest of your body, use generously! 

What if I can't surf?

That's why you called us! We are going to teach you to surf, more importantly, we are going to have FUN while you learn to surf! Remember our favorite quote...

                                                'The BEST Surfer out there is the one having the most FUN!'

Can I bring a friend?

Of course! The memories you make with your friends surfing will last a lifetime. You plan adventures, share all the great things that happen out in the water, you face challenges together and share your personal victories with together. 

My Mom/Dad/Sister/Brother wants to come and watch me surf, what do you think? 

We have found think it's best to keep this experience to yourself and your surfing buddies! This allows the campers to best integrate with the flow of the camp and meet new friends. 

I think I might be kinda...afraid of the ocean...kinda...  

No worries! The ocean can seem big and a bit scary, but team at Summer of Surf has years of experience introducing new campers to the ocean. We can accommodate to anyone, regardless of their comfort level in the ocean. We pride ourselves on teaching our campers to gain confidence in the water and working with them until they ultimately become self-proficient.  

Transportation...How do I get there?

When you ride to the beach with us, you ride in style. Our 5-star bus is hired through a professional transportation company. It has comfortable seats, seat-belts, air-conditioning, and most importantly...surf movies! You will be accompanied by our awesome counselors roundtrip! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

I don't think my son or daughter will be ok leaving me...(Separation Anxiety)

Separation anxiety is real. "Mom, I don't want to go!',  "Don't leave me Mom...Please!" are real statements, and they are just as difficult for both parents and kids. Big adventures can create big anxieties, but they also are big growth opportunities. Our low ratios and attentive instructors create the space to empower our younger campers. After meeting new friends, spending time in the ocean and relishing in their growth in confidence, our new campers look forward to their next day in the ocean. That growth is what we aim to facilitate.

What if it starts raining? The waves get too big? Lightning begins a fabulous light show? 

Summer of Surf's #1 priority is safety and we would never put our campers at undue risk. If the weather presents us with any dangers, we can reschedule your lesson. There will be a few days throughout the Summer where the surf conditions will be too big/dangerous to surf. Unfortunately this can only accurately be predicted in the short-term, within about a weeks notice. Should the conditions be deemed unfit for surfing at camp by our beach captain, there will be still be opportunities for swimming, games, and potentially bodyboarding that day. If you are scheduling last minute for a day at the beach, you can always call to ask what day(s) will have the best conditions that week. 

What are Summer of Surf ratios?

Summer of Surf maintains at minimum a 4:1 Instructor to surfer ratio, while striving to maintain a 3:1 ratio. For first-time surfers, those dealing with a little bit of anxiety, or special needs we maintain a 1:1 ratio. 

if you have any other questions please call, we love to talk! (818)433-2694