Surfing Excursions & Tours

Surf Camps Around The World

Learning how to surf is a rewarding experience but can be difficult on your own.  Surf camps offer help from experts that help others learn how to surf all year long.  If you're interested in visiting a surf camp, here are a few great ones that you might want to check out.



Surf & Adventure Co.


surf and adventure coLocation: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Skill Level: Starting - Beginner

Waves Surfed: Sandbiride, Little Island

Seasons: Beginners April-August - Advanced August-October

Price: $150 for 3 day camp, 2 hour lesson $45

Accommodations: Sandbridge Cottage or Camping

Notable Feature: Coach Tyler Balak is a long time East Coast shredder


Phone: 1 800 695 4212


Our Camps and Lessons are designed to get the beginner surfer in the water and catching their first waves.  We have experienced instructors, soft surfboards, and a relaxed, fun atmosphere.  Advanced and private lessons also available. 


We use high quality soft surfboards that are specifically designed for learning to surf.  The surf school operates on an uncrowded beach with lifeguards. A "surfing only" area prevents the water from being crowded with swimmers.  Billabong Campp participants get a Capt t-shirt and gift pack with goodies, surf mags and stickers.




Billabong's Adventure Out Surfing


adventure out surfingLocation: San Francisco, CA, Half Moon Bay, CA & Santa Cruz, CA

Skill Level: All

Waves Surfed: Cowells, Capitola, Linda Mar, Princeton Jetty

Seasons: April - October

Price: $95-$320 1-4 Day Options

Accommodations: Day Camps Only, Hotels located at nearby beaches

Notable Feature:4:1 Student to Instructor Ratio for more individual focus


Phone: 1 800 509 3954


Whether you have never surfed before or if you just want to improve your skills, we have the coaching that will enable you to reach your goals. Our instructors will work with you in small groups (4-1 student to instructor ratio), which provides students with more individual attention and a safer environment in which to learn how to surf.


Participants will be broken up into small groups based on their level of experience. The basics will be taught (or quickly reviewed for more advanced students) - we will begin with land lessons that will focus on you learning about the waves and different types of breaks, surfer etiquette and water safety, and the different types of boards and fins.


As the camp progresses, we will get into more intermediate skills, catching waves and controlling your board while learning how to turn and maintain balance on the board. You will learn the differences between riding in the white water and the face. You will also be taught to maneuver the board, turn, and begin to walk up and down the board. Our instructors are all CPR, First-Aid, & lifeguard certified and ready to teach you the basics of surfing.

Billabong’s Padre Island Surf Camp

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Skill Level: Beginner-Advanced

Waves Surfed: Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas

Seasons: June - August


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Accommodations: N/A

Notable Feature: Closest surf camp to Corpus Christi


Padre Island Surf Camp is the preeminent surf camp on the Texas coast, and is part of the prestigious Billabong Surf Camp program. In return, Billabong gives full support and goodies to all our students. Our staff is incredible, and is what makes all our campers come back for more no matter what level of surfing they are at. Our goal is to make sure every new surfer walks away with the skills necessary to surf on their own. We have surf camps and lessons for all ages. Whether you have never even seen a surfboard and want to learn, or have surfed for years and want to get to the next level, Padre Island Surf Camp is the place to come. Surfing is an amazing sport that does wonders for everyone physically and mentally, and we hope want to share that secret with everyone.


PISC is the best place to send your child to surf camp in TX. Surfing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and we are very fortunate to share it with anyone who is in the Corpus Christi area. Surfing is our main focus, but we have beach games, kayaking, and more to make sure all the kids are completely stoked! Every child in our camp learns the importance of safety first, and is taught how to spot dangerous situation, such as rip currents, before they happen. And if they a situation were ever to occur in their life, they are taught how to handle it properly. Fun and safety are our main focuses, and we are proud to say that 100% of our surfers loved surfing with us!



Ocean Experience Surf School


ocean experience surf campLocation: San Diego, California, USA

Skill Level: Starting - Beginner

Waves Surfed: Ocean Beach

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: None Provided

Notable Feature: Ocean Experience Surf Camp is a part of Ocean Beach Surf & Skate


Founded in 1990, OCEAN EXPERIENCE has become San Diego ’s oldest and most qualified surf school. Throughout the years, our camps, lessons, clinics and adventure tours have maintained the highest standard of quality instruction. We have developed a surf training program that build confidence, ensures success and empowers students of all ages and abilities to surf for life. Ocean Experience is also fully insured and permitted by the City of San Diego .

With the ocean as your classroom, you need the most advanced technology in surfing equipment. Our fully integrated retail store,OCEAN BEACH SURF AND SKATE, provides just that. Recently listed as a “Great Find” by WHERE Magazine and voted “Best Surf Shop in San Diego” by City Beat’s Best Of, Ocean Beach Surf and Skate promotes the Southern California lifestyle while supplying core needs to surfers and Skateboarders alike. Ocean Experience Surf School and Ocean Beach Surf and Skate take pride in providing positive and meaningful experiences to all clients, patrons and associates and conduct all business with the highest standards of service, integrity and quality.



Texas Surf Camps


Texas Surf CampsLocation: Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Skill Level: Starting--Advanced

Waves Surfed: Port Aransas, Corpus Christi & Galveston

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: None Provided

Notable Feature: Founded by  Quiksilver rider Morgan Faulkner


Texas Surf Camps was founded in 2005 in a joint effort by Morgan Faulkner, one of Texas' best known surfers, and his long-time sponsor Quiksilver in order to bring a premier surf camp program to Texas.  From inauspicious beginnings in Port Aransas with Morgan and his crew of talented local surfers, Texas Surf Camps has expanded  due to demand to Corpus Christi and Galveston, and has been acclaimed as not only the best surf camp in Texas, but also as a preeminent surf camp nationwide and worldwide.  With a venue in the gentle waves and shallow sand-bottomed shores of the Texas Gulf Coast, and instructors chosen not only for their surfing prowess but also for their love of the ocean and their desire to instill that in each surf camp participant, the camps have attracted happy participants from throughout the US and numerous foreign countries.  Surfers of all experience levels are welcome--most are beginners (including kids, teens, adults, parents and grandparents), as well as more experienced surfers looking for an intensive surf experience to improve their skills with advanced competitive surfers.


Surf camp participants are broken into small surf groups by age and experience and spend as much time as possible in the water surfing during a typical surf camp session.  Beach games and other activities are available, but the overall emphasis is to get every participant on a surfboard in the water in a small surf group with an instructor.  In addition to teaching the basics of surfing, instructors also impart knowledge regarding marine life, ocean conditions, ocean safety and environmental awareness.  In addition to its summer surf camps, Texas Surf Camps also provides year-round private surf lessons and private group surf events (weather permitting).  Come share the stoke! 



Surf N Sol


surf n sol surf campLocation: North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Secret

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: None Provided

Notable Feature: You won't know where you're surfing until you get there... and you better not tell


Surf N Sol, situated in Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kauai, offers week-long surf camp retreats.  Their  mission is to provide guests with not only high-quality surf instruction, but a full vacation experience.  Yoga and massage services are included in the package, as are healthy and delicious meals.  The backdrop of the Na Pali Coast is unique in that it offers guests unrivaled opportunities to enjoy a range of outdoor activities, whether it is hiking the famous Kalalau Trail or viewing whales migrating along the coast.  The town of Hanalei offers a variety of dining and nightlife options, while remaining relaxed and family-friendly.  Whether you are looking for adventure or pure relaxation, you will find it here at Surf N Sol.

The beach break at Hanalei Bay, a short walk from the camp, is perfect for the novice surfer.  The waves consistency allows guests to catch more waves with less effort, while the sand bottom is safer and easier to navigate than reef or rock bottoms.  Our packages include daily lessons with veteran instructors, who will teach guests everything they need to know, from surf etiquette to ocean safety.  Experienced surfers will love exploring the many different world class waves in the area, from the heavy right-hand point at The Bay to the punchy and hollow beach break at Pine Trees.  Our staff will guide you to all the right spots and surf with you.



Sol Surfers Surf Camp


Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Folley Beach

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: None Provided

Notable Feature: A Billabong surf camp 


With over twenty-five years of surfing experience, professional surfer Kai Dilling, is dedicated to helping students of all ages and abilities safely learn to surf and to appreciate a sport that can become a healthy, relaxing love of a lifetime. Kai is a native of the area, former middle school science teacher, and has surfed internationally and competed in local and national events, including multiple state and east coast titles. He is a current Eastern Surfing Association's East Coast Champion. He is a surfing coach and mentor to many of the coast's top talent and trains throughout the year with a select group of young, local surfers. Kai is a certified NASM personal trainer and yoga instructor and produces his own brand of surfboards, Sol Shapes Surfboards. Since 2000, Sol Surfers Surf Camp, LLC has provided a responsible and educational program that centers on safety and ocean knowledge and fun. Private and group lessons and birthday parties are also available and can be arranged by appointment.

Each week long (M-F) surf camp session includes all gear, a Sol Surfers/ Billabong T-shirt, snacks, certificate of achievement, goody bag provided by Billabong, 6-1 student/ instructor ratio to betm @ E. 8th Street Folly Beach. Shuttle is provided to and from the beach. Intermediate and advanced programs are customized for the individuals interested. 



Tui Tai


Tui Tai Surf CampLocation: South Pacific Including: Plynesia, Micronesia & Melenesia

Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Various

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: About the Tui Tai excursion boat

Notable Feature: Also includes scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and more


The Pacific Cultural Triangle. Visit the chain of islands that history and circumstance have made into a cultural hotspot, including Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian culture.

truly all-inclusive
Everything is included: every service, mixed drink, glass of wine or beer, evey meal, all scuba diving (even dive courses), snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments - everything. Once you board Tui Tai, the details are in our hands, and your only responsibility is to have the experience.

Whether snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, visiting remote villages, relaxing on a beach, or just sailing the clear blue waters, all our activities have been equally enjoyed by a 26-year old tri-athlete and an active 74-year old world traveler – and everyone in between. You can opt in and out of as much as you wish.

Enjoy first class service; including a gourmet menu served from the fresh cook outdoor kitchen, bar service, housekeeping/laundry service, spa treatments and yoga sessions.

Sites visited by Tui Tai described by Lonely Planet: “snorkeling and diving sites are some of the world’s best.”

Tui Tai’s Charitable works continue on every trip, including delivery of school and medical supplies to remote locations.

The Ringgolds include a scattering of tiny volcanic atolls with beautiful sandy beachs and black rocks. One atoll is a crater where you can hike to the summit in the morning and in the afternoon kayak within the crater center! Accessible only with Tui Tai.

Tui Tai takes only 22 guests on each expedition

Onboard crew of 18 staff. In the words of travel writer Tim Neville: “The Tui Tai crew have only one purpose: to make sure you go to sleep each night swearing you just spent the best day of your life.”

Healing for yourself may come from a massage done to the sound of a cascading watefall, a morning yoga class on the top deck, or just relaxing in a beautiful location.


Costa Azul


Location: Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Secret

Seasons: June - August

Price: Call

Accommodations: Available rooms

Notable Feature: The official Billabong Surf Camp of Costa Rica


Costa Azul Surfing School is the official Billabong surf camp in Costa Rica, located in Jaco beach; counts with 15 years of experience in surf and besides works with the most qualified instructors of the country, with knowledge on CPR, first aids, English spoken and the certified with the professional instructor of the Surfing Australia level 1 and 2.
Costa Azul Surfing School is one of the few schools to National level recognized by the Costa Rica Surfing Federation (CNS), I.S.A (International Surfing Association) and by Surfing Australia, the instructors counts with the course of professional instructors of surfing, level 1 and level 2 of that institution.
Costa Azul works with the best equipment to teach:
• Soft boards
• Rash Guard
• Sunscreen
• Transportation
• Fruits and Beverage
There are lessons for beginners, intermediate; as well as training for the professional surfers with the standards of Surfing Australia level 1 and 2.
We include the service of Surf - Tour to any part of the country.
We offer packages for groups, by lesson, for days or weeks in a excellent price. Including transportation, lodging, three meals, English classes and other activities as: Canopy Tour, Horseback Riding and Visits to National Parks.
The school is located in Jaco Beach . We will have surfboards for rent during the day or several days.
We dare you to live a new experience in the sport of surfing, you will find yourself in good hands, secure and happy.



Witches Rock Surf Camp


witches rock surf campLocation: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Tamarindo, daily tours program to Witches Rock, Ollie's Point, Marbella, Grande, and many other famous (and secret) spots

Seasons: Year Round

Price: Call

Accommodations: Hotel

Notable Feature: A number of breaks available by van and boat


Witch's Rock Surf Camp, located beachfront in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, offers the most complete range of Central American surf experiences for everyone from complete newbies to seasoned pros.  With our hotel, restaurant, surf shop, and surf school located directly on one of the best learning and longboard beach breaks in the world, we've taught over 50,000 surf lessons since 2001 with our ISA Certified Instructors. 
For better surfers, our fleet of boats and vehicles--including a 48' grand Banks Trawler, a school bus (the original one that started it all!), three vans, and three surf-pangas can take you to all the incredible warm-water breaks of the Nicoya Peninsula and Nicaragua, Panama--even our tours to Peru.  From the world famous breaks of Witch's Rock and Ollie's Point, to the secret spots that nobody else surfs--we can satisfy the wave crave for surfers of different abilities from our our ideal location, less than an hour from Liberia International Airport in the Guanacaste Region on the Pacific Coast. 
Starting from scratch?  Ready to move from beginner to intermediate?  Want to tour a bunch of different breaks by boat and van?  Are you ready for a week-long surf charter with a handful of friends, living on the boat, eating fresh fish, and going wherever the waves are best and the crowds don't exist? 
On any day in our beachfront restaurant, happily tired surfers from 7 to 70 are eating sushi and comfort food, sharing stories about that one great wave of the day--whether it was knee high or double overhead.  Visit us at or call 888 318 SURF for flight info and help with reservations.



Surfari Surf School


surfari surf schoolLocation: San Diego, California, USA - Ormond Beach, Florida, USA - Southern Brazil

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Secret

Seasons: Jan-March in Brazil April - September in USA

Price: Private: 1 on 1- $85
Semi-private: 2:1-  $65 per person
Group Lesson:  3-5 people/one instructor- $55 per person

Accommodations: None Provided

Notable Feature: Guided trips to Brazil during the first months of the year


Surfari Surf School has three locations.  The local surf spots that we cover are San Diego, CA, Ormond Beach, FL and Southern Brazil. In San Diego our store is located in Mission Beach at 3740 Mission Boulevard, 92109.  In Florida, we are located in a small beach town called Ormond Beach at 52 Bovard Avenue, Ormond Beach, 32176.  During the months of January-March, Surfari offers guided surf trips to a small beach town in Brazil called Ferrugem.   We teach surfing and stand-up paddling lessons at all of our locations.  Surfari also rents surfboards-fishes, shortboards, longboards, foamboards, and eggs.     
Surfari offers surf lessons everyday at 9am,11am,1pm and 3pm.  Lessons include use of a surfboard( which is selected according to your ability level) and a wetsuit.  The lesson starts on the beach with 30 minutes of land instruction and practice.  Then your instructor takes you into the ocean for one hour of coaching.  The instructor will help you with proper wave timing and judgment skills so you catch the best waves for your ability level.  After the lesson, you may keep the surfboard and practice what you learned for one hour.
When you are ready to schedule a lesson, call 858-337-3287 or visit or for more info about our locations and surfing services. 



Surf School Gijon


surf shool gijonLocation: Asturias, Spain

Skill Level: Starting - Advanced

Waves Surfed: Peñarrubia, Camping, La Roca, El Rick´s, and El Mongol

Seasons: All Year

Price: Call

Accommodations: Nearby Camping & Hostels

Notable Feature: The night life in Spain is pretty wild (good luck with the dawn patrol)


We have a surf school in Gijón (Asturias, just in the middle of the Spanish´s north coast). Gijon is a city arround 270.000 populattion. Our school was founded in 2005.
We are open all year. We teach all levels. Of coruse our main activity is teaching beginners (al the rates are in our web page). But we also have two 3 months advanced courses (all the weekends and holidays), one in autumn an the other in srping. In those couses we have different groups with different skills, from beginning to competition.
We are preparing a surfcamp for summer 2010, this will be the first time for us.
We have organized too, different events and surf championships.
The surf school is located at San Lorenzo´s beach, in front of the "10th stair", this is the meeting point for all the local surfers since the beginning. San Lorenzo´s beach is the urban beach with more breaks in all the north coast of Spain, 5 rocky bottom waves: Peñarrubia, Camping´s left, Camping´s right, La roca, El Rick´s, and the very well know point break El Mongol, also more than one mille beach break with a powerful right on the left side of the bay called San Pedro.


It is close to very well know beaches like Playa España, Salinas, Xagó and a world class wave as Rodiles, makes Gijón one of the best places to practice surf in Spain.
The facilities also include, audio-visuals room, dressing room with warm water showers, just in front of the beach. The best material for beginners to introduce you in this passionate sport in a safety and funny way, and we also have a shop whith all the necessary for surfing.  For more info  e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Fulcrum Surf Camp

 fulcrum surf camp

Location: Del Mar, California

Skill Level: Advanced & Competitive

Waves Surfed: Del Mar, Georges & Seaside

Seasons: Best in Winter

Price: Vary


Notable Feature: Video analysis of your surfing


Surfing has shaped our bodies and inspired our minds; making them stronger and healthier. That's why we've created programs for people of all ages and abilities to share the benefits of the surfing lifestyle, sharpening surf skills and fostering fitness in and out of the water.

Fulcrum is the next level, the next generation of surf school. With a holistic approach to surfing, fitness and wellbeing, we offer advanced training techniques, professional coaches, a total fitness facility and a program for everyone to enhance health & happiness, and help you reach your surfing potential. Experience life under the influence of surfing.


Do you know of a surf camp that you think should be on this list?  Email us at (team[at]surfscience[dot]com) and let us know.

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