Surfing at Hermosa Beach

Summertime means Hermosa is ready for the crowd. Some of the most fun surf I’ve ever had were those all-evening sundown sessions on the log right by the Hermosa Pier. That was actually where a huge surf fundamental clicked for me as a teenager: weight distribution....

Surfing in Santa Monica

The waves in Santa Monica are almost entirely at beach breaks. The way they break/crash can seriously vary, depending on the swell strength, period, and direction. This sounds pretty standard for a beach break, and that isn’t wrong. But I’ve seen SaMo completely close...

With and without Surfline

It’s weird to some of us at Learn to Surf to hear colors or numbers when people talk about conditions. “Aw man it’s blue today!” Really? Aw, man? Some of my most fun days have been blue, or as Surfline calls it, POOR TO FAIR.  “It’s only 2-3 out today.” Are you...

Who are we?

It’s great to see how many people on the planet have enough of an interest in surfing to take freakin’ lessons with US! Like, who are we?! Well, I’ll tell you. We started as two guys, one a competitive surfer on the east coast, and one California military boy who went...

Understanding swell period

Understanding swell period is one of the most crucial aspects in learning to surf. We are going to briefly point out some pros and cons to different swell periods, and what gear to pack for the paddle out in each category. Long Period Swell Any swell in which each...