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...

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,...