Seeing Pro Surfers

I’ll tell you guys about the first time I saw some of the pros in the lineup, like the famous ones. I saw Rob Machado in the lineup at Cardiff Reef in Encinitas (near San Diego), and not gonna lie it was pretty sick. He’s not on the circuit anymore from what I know,...

Pollution

In our world today, the unfortunate truth is that pollution on our beaches is not limited to small pieces of trash. In the United States, oil and tar are two of the biggest (BP anyone?). You hear about catastrophes like in the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or Red Tide,...

The Significance of Combo Swells

We at Learn to Surf teach the significance of swells and the way they bring energy to our coasts. Swells are the transfer of every from wind to water, quite literally. So whether you’re surfing in Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan or Hermosa, or down to La Jolla,...

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...

Weather conditions when learning to surf

Checking out the weather this week, it looks like we have some serious wind and rain coming in. The swell chart looks great: we have a long period south swell coming in (once again!) that is going to hit all southern California​ locations. Bad news this time though,...

Look out surfers, it’s summer swell season!

Santa Monica and Venice are spotty today. Things are looking a bit walled out at the Breakwater, and the drift is going crazy north. Look out surfers, it’s summer swell season in LA! These big conditions are a good opportunity to practice your duck dives! When I was...

For bigger days :

With all the new south swell that’s hitting us this week, beginner and intermediate surfers must remember to keep themselves and others safe in the lineup. When a new swell rises, and we get rather large and fun surf, here are some things to remember: Keep at the...

Buying your first board

Recommending buying a board to somebody you don’t know is always a tricky answer. When people ask us after their lessons, the answer will always depends on their size, skill and personal surf style.  For our very beginners, we teach most of our basics on an...