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Intermediate Surf Lessons

Our Intermediate surf lessons are designed for surfers looking to fine-tune their surfing ability or take it to the next level. Our instructors join you in the water, analyze each wave you catch and provide detailed feedback to help you reach your surfing goals.
$80 for 1 person
$50 per person for you and a friend ($100 total)
If you have more than 3 surfers interested in an intermediate lesson, please Contact Us to coordinate your lesson.

Lesson Package:  Five 1-person Sessions for $350 (Save 15%) Purchase the package upfront then schedule lessons at your convenience.

Our surf lessons are 90-minutes long. Depending on your goals, you can spend the entire 90-minutes in the water or you may prefer to go over certain topics with your instructor on the beach for a few minutes prior to entering the water.

We require that you bring your own surfboard and wetsuit to an intermediate surf lesson.  Equipment is not provided.

Private Lessons are offered everyday, year-round, and can be scheduled throughout the day, although we recommend morning lessons for optimal conditions.  All of our lessons take place in Manhattan Beach.  You will meet your instructor at the Rosecrans Ave. lifeguard tower at your scheduled lesson time.

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Use the calendar to schedule your private surf lesson.  To maximize schedule options, leave “All Instructors” selected, choose your date and click “Search”. Below are a few items to help clarify the registration process:

  • Lessons can be scheduled online up to 12 hours in advance. To schedule a lesson with less than 12 hours notice, please Contact Us directly.
  • After completing your reservation, you will receive a detailed email including everything you need to know about your upcoming surf lesson.
  • Only one name is required to reserve a surf lesson, regardless of the number of surfers in the group.  It can be the participant, parent/guardian, purchaser, etc..
  • You will be asked for a credit card to complete the reservation.  You will not be charged until the completion of the lesson and you may choose to pay with cash, check, your card on file or a different credit card at the beach.
  • Click Here to view our Cancellation Policy

Lesson Package:  5 Sessions for $350 (Save 15%) Purchase the package upfront then schedule lessons at your convenience.  *BUY NOW

Our Intermediate/Advanced surf instruction is designed to improve the skills and strategies of surfers of all ages. Whether you are an intermediate surfer looking to improve on the basics or learn new maneuvers or an advanced surfer with the desire to compete at the highest level, we have the knowledge and experience to get you there. We accommodate both male and female, longboard and shortboard, and surfers with or without competitive experience.

Our advanced surfing instructors include the top surfers in the South Bay, all of whom have extensive contest experience, local knowledge and teaching/coaching experience. Visit Our Instructors page to learn more about our coaches.

Instruction will vary based on each surfers ability and goals. Below are some examples of what we can offer:

One-on-one or Semi-Private Instruction: Choose whether you would like to surf one-on-one with any of our instructors or bring some friends along and improve together. All lessons will have a maximum 1 instructor to 4 student ratio.

Vast Ocean Knowledge: All of our instructors are great waterman and have spent over half their lives in the ocean. A major focus will be on increasing students ocean knowledge, safety, and awareness, including how waves form, various weather conditions and how they affect waves, different wave types, timing waves, surfing etiquette and the unspoken rules of the water.

Contest Preparation: We will offer contest strategies and run mock heats to prepare for events or tryouts. We can also provide information about the various completive surfing associations and help you choose which is best for you.

Please Contact Us for more information or use the Book Now! tab schedule your Advanced Surf Lesson.

I just wanted to please have you pass on to Chris, whom you found to help my son Nick get prepared for the Middle School Surf PE tryouts. My son loved him both times. Please let him know that my son made the Surf PE Cuts! He is thrilled to be able to do this at MBMS next year. They had 78 tryout and took 40 kids…He really helped Nick!
Karen G, Mom

Use the surf report and forecast information below to determine the best time to schedule your Intermediate Surf Lesson.  The Surfline chart provides current surf height and tide information, while the Magic Seaweed chart provides a 5-day predicted surf forecast for the Manhattan Beach area.  El Porto’s best conditions for intermediate surfers are medium to high tide and swell height in the 2-5ft range.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions about how to read the charts below or to assist in choosing the best time for your lesson.