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Cheap Surf Lessons

Cheap Surf lessons!

If you’re newer to surfing, or simply want to “get back into the groove”– Surf Lessons in Southern California are the way to go! Our instructors at Corky Carroll’s surf school will show you the correct movements, like how to paddle/extend your arms, spring up like a cat, and the proper foot and body placement- before even wading into the water. Cheap surf lessons are not the way to go when learning how to surf!

We love what we do (we love teaching people how to surf)! We’re quite lucky to play on the beach, and represent the love of surfing in Orange County. And although we love, love, love testing “new waters” and challenges (and making sure you reach your goals)- Our #1 priority is your safety! We want to make sure our students have the best experience while learning how to surf, and know what to expect, one step-at-time.

So! What does that mean?

First off, here at Corky’s- We work with the California State Parks to receive our beach permit and  we work with the City of Huntington Beach to receive a legal business license, allowing us to conduct private (and semi private) surf lessons. In a sense, we are “renting the beach.” We make sure that we are abiding by all requirements, and not breaking any laws (and putting anyone at risk), and potentially being kicked off the beach by the police. Check out why Bolsa Chica is the best location to learn how to surf Bolsa Chica State Beach

bolsa chica

bolsa chica

 

We also make sure we have the right insurance to protect us and you. Most cheap surf lessons do not have these qualifications.  Just like we want to make sure our  surf instructors are safe everyday- We want to make sure our students are just as protected! We do absolutely everything we can to have the most stress-free surfing lesson possible- but the Ocean is a wonderful creature, and sometimes she has other plans. We encourage light stretching before and after the class, drinking plenty of water beforehand, offer the best-fit/thickness of wetsuits, and the best board to fit your skill-level, and preference of riding stretching. This Frequently Asked Questions For Equipment will help you determine the best equipment to help you surf in no time.

stretching

stretching

If we all follow these suggestions/instructions, and have the correct permits & insurances- We are cruising for a happy day/weekend! Yet, unfortunately- Not all Surf Schools abide by these rules. Many “surfing Schools” on “discount websites” don’t have the proper insurance and permits to execute the safe-experience that students expect. That is why you should look into doing legal surf lesson with us Contact us

Websites we strongly encourage NOT going to:

Brads Deals

DealNews.com

FatWallet

Gotta Deal

Groupon

Living Social

RetailMeNot

Slick Deals

Craigslist (100% are all illegal) Very Dangerous

Oh no! Did you read Groupon, on the list above?! Unfortunately, yes. Although I am guilty of perusing Groupon for meal discounts, or DIY classes- I would never go to Groupon for an discounted activity like Surfing.

cheap surf lessons

groupon

 

There are “Surf Classes” bragging that they give “the best  lessons in Surf City,” at the cheapest price- but 90% of the time, these illegal surf schools don’t  have the proper permits and insurances needed to legally teach safe lessons. Also, on another note- When these private & semi-private surf lessons are at a 50% markdown- the experience is not always set to the reviews/expectations. Go look at our Private Lessons Prices and Deals  at Private Surf Lesson Prices

Again, although most these surf coaches love the water/lifestyle- these businesses are barely making any money through Groupon. The goal of using a discount site- is hoping the customer will come back (usually a 1 time use for discount), or tell their friends. Yet, if this discount site is overdone/overused, employees/businesses can become burnt out.

Please, read the reviews!

(see our reviews from yelp, here)

When looking on the Groupon site, there are many comments where the instructors were late- or parking was not specified, or there were too many students for 1 teacher (quite chaotic with younger kids). Here at Corky’s, we choose the safest beginner beach “Bolsa Chica State Beach.” We’ve been conducting surf lessons here for over 20 years, parking is welcoming, and there aren’t any aggressive locals. (Click to check out Bolsa!)

 

Overall, we want you to have a wonderful time, that keeps you craving for more! We want beginner surfers to have so much fun, and return-surfers to regain confidence, and pick-up this amazing hobby/sport, that we love SO much.

Here is what we suggest!

  • Research! Give the different surf camps a ring!
  • Are the surf lessons  ran by a local business? Do they know the waters/beaches?
  • Do the businesses have the correct permits?
  • Do they have insurance for them, AND you?
  • What waivers do they ask you to fill out?
  • Can they explain an action plan, for if someone does get hurt?

Also, please watch for these signs/red flags:

  • Are they asking you to meet at a “off-site” location before going to the beach!!! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 
  • Are they not allowing  you to sign the waiver and pay on the sand, where the surf lesson is taking place?! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 

If one of the above are happening, there’s a good chance that the illegal school is avoiding conspicuous behavior, to avoid getting a ticket or being removed from the beach. These businesses do not want you to sign a waiver, or do any type of money transaction on the beach, because this would be visible proof of their illegal behavior.

cheap surf lessons

cheap surf lessons

As I’m sure our readers understand; We’d love to have you. We’d love to connect you to our talented coaches, and give your family a few days at our Huntington Beach location, that they’ll never forget. Or perhaps the possibility of meeting for an all inclusive surf camp, in Costa Rica! Yet, more than anything- we want our future customers to be knowledgeable with what the Surf Market in Orange County has to offer (and to understand “the do’s” and “the dont’s”).

Costa Rica Resort and Surf Camp

Huntington Beach Surf Camp

Either way…

After you have a chance to ask the following above… GO FOR IT.

 

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Huntington Beach Surf Spots

Huntington Beaches Surfing Spots

Brookhurst Street: Huntington Beach 

This surf spot is on the south end of Huntington Beach, Ca. It is located right next to the Santa Ana River Mouth. The combination of drainage from the storm drains and the tidal surge from the hb marshes makes this surf spot dirty. Overall this wave is pretty good most of the time and can be excellent on the right swell mix. The wave is pretty steep and hollow and can get pretty closed out on bigger S and WNW swells. It is not a beginner wave I would recommend to anyone. The beaches are very long and if your a beginner you will need to surf the inside shorebreak because the outside is for advanced surfers. The biggest drawback is the water quality especially after even the smallest rain.

Surf city

South Side and North Side  Huntington Beach Pier is one of the most famous surf spots of all time.From reality tv stars to professional surfers everywhere, HB pier has everything you would want except for a beginner surfing wave. In the summer it has huge contests, crowds, and all kinds of other nonsense, most of which happens on land. Breaking the sides into two different surf spots is necessary because both provide different waves and atmosphere. The waves are very similar in shape on both sides but you get a very different feel and attitude as you move from one side to the other. The North side is open to surfing all year round while the South Side has black ball during summer. The crowd here is localized and some surfers can get aggressive towards people learning how to surf.

 

Huntington Beach Cliffs– This surf spot is a soft and slow wave most of the year. You can long board on the smaller days but it gets fast enough to short board on a lower tide, particularly with a swell combo. In the winter we get NW swells the change the wave from being soft to actually holding some size and being heavy. When there is swell and when there isn’t swell the cliffs have a good crowd on them. Most of the locals will surf it everyday and there are a lot of new beginner surfers trying as well. It can be localized at times during the year, but most the time you can find a spot in between others to have some fun. The walk down is more difficult compared to the surf spots to the south or north because of the rocky cliff. The dog beach is located right on the beach in front of the cliffs and can get very crowded for parking on summer days. Make sure you watch your step for dog poop!

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Bolsa Chica State Beach

There is no black ball at Bolsa Chica State Beach

Black ball is a yellow flag with a black circle that lifeguards put out meaning no surfing allowed. This happens because of the amount of tourists in the water. Even though there is no black ball it is still a lifeguarded beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. At Bolsa Chica State Beach there is no black ball, so that means surfing all day!

Conditions

At Corky Carroll’s Surf School the conditions are important for beginning surfers. Bolsa Chica State Beach has a gentle break, a sand bottom, and mild water temperatures year-round making for ideal beginner conditions.

A gentle break allows students to learn how to surf on the outside and inside.

The inside is closer to the shore where the waves have already broken. This area is mostly white wash, which is waves that have broken and washed out. These waves are easier to get into and best for beginners. The outside waves at Bolsa Chica State Beach break slow, allowing beginner surfers to enjoy them as well. Unlike the beaches south of Bolsa Chica State Beach, such as the Huntington Beach cliffs or Newport Beach where the waves break faster.

A sand bottom allows for gentler impact when a wipeout happens.

A wipeout is when you fall off your surfboard and as a beginner it is inevitable. With a sand bottom the ground is soft, so it is less likely to get injured and safer for all ages and ability levels learning how to surf.

Go to our why bolsa chica blog! Bolsa Chica Blog

Wave Pool vs Real Ocean Surfing

Will the New High Tech Wave Theaters Change Surfing?

 “Arizona?!” -Corky Carroll from the movie “The North Shore” 1987
In that one-word response to a pro surfer from a wave tank in AZ, Corky captured it all

Kelly Slater Wave Co is working on opening his fully green, solar powered, programmable techno-wave ranch to the public ???? Soon. Somewhere in central CA.

“We appear to be watching the ocean..”- Rick Caine. 

Can the new high tech wave theaters compete with our oceans?

Will they change the face of surfing?

When I look at footage of the manmade NLand surf park in Austin Texas and Kelly Slater Wave Co’s version of machined waves via YouTube. I gaze at the screen with my jaw gapped and mouthwatering over seemingly endless tasty waves.

The new spots seem like perfect fun but I can’t help but notice how something is missing…

Lines from the movie “The North Shore” come barreling into my head. Here is why.

That epic slice of 80’s cinema, and one liner heaven, is a statement from 1987 about exactly what I am looking at today. Surfing in a controlled synthetic environment and how that compares to surfing in the ocean.

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Tanks are a great way to bring surfing to spots that do not have surf

“The North Shore” movie is about a surfer from Arizona. Rick wins the Arizona state surf championship at his local wave tank. Instead of buying tacos with his winnings and staying home, Rick slides that wad to his travel agent, and follows his dream of surfing the big waves of the North Shore of Hawaii. Right there, that, should tell you something.

-The wave park champ can’t wait to get out of the wave park and actually surf the breaks of his dreams.

OK that was 1987′ and Rick’s wave park was literally a pool. It represents the antiquated idea of a wave tank.

Modern wave pool technology

Flash forward to today. The combination of research, engineering and technology have allowed for dramatic change in the performance of wave pool capabilities.

  • NLand is in Texas, which I know is different than Arizona, but I think we can all agree that ya don’t think of surfers or surf spots when I mention Arizona or Texas. Cowboys and deserts yes, Surfers? No.
  • Austin is a great spot for a wave tank competition if you have the whole thing to yourself.
    However, because you are in a smaller space the waves seem a little crowded.
  • In order to keep secondary back wash and inner pool turbulence to a minimum the wave generation has to be somewhat infrequent. So not a lot of waves, looks like 10-12 waves per hour in choppy conditions.
  • The session ends and everyone is asked to leave the water.

Problem with the wave pool idea especially for beginners is the limited time you get to spend in the water. Compared to the time you get to spend in the ocean it isn’t even close. When your session is over at the surf park, it’s over.

For beginners the new parks can help you learn what it might be like to surf and give you a fundamental foundation for getting up and riding your first waves. You catch it. You ride it. That’s surfing right?  You can work on skills and rest assured there will be waves. Seems safe and fun but short lived.

The waves look awesome for intermediate to advanced surf enthusiasts that have a dream to one day go to a manmade break and pay per hour to ride.

I could see Olympic surfing truly happen now which would be great for surfing.

“I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.” – Kelly Slater

Best wave pool option out there

Kelly Slater Wave Co did the right thing! Kelly has gone all green energy and fully programmable. Dial up any wave from anywhere in the world and his machine will produce unreal epic replications of waves. The waves are long and shreddable.

  • He is using only solar energy.
  • For perfect conditions, the glassy conditions you dream of, his smaller pool can generate and handle 4 “perfect” waves per hour.
  • Great for more tank contests and promoting green energy, awesome!

 “Eskimos have several hundred words for snow. Well, Hawaiians have just as many words to describe waves and ocean conditions.” -Chandler

 

The wave pool has two words to describe its conditions: on and off

For an advanced surfer with dreams of a certain break like pipeline or somewhere in Costa Rica a wave pool like Slaters Wave Co is totally programmable. It can provide a simulated experience and is a great way to have a guaranteed perfect wave.  You can practice what it could be like to actually be there.

Only problem with that for our bucket listers is you can’t say that you have surfed a break unless you have been there and surfed it.

You can’t dial up a wave and tell everyone at home you just surfed the pier in Huntington Beach a.k.a. Surf City USA like they do at the US Open event that is held there every year.

All the visceral knowledge of and about ocean conditions or why we should care for our oceans is lost in a wave tank. Anyway way you look at it, there is no ocean at a wave tank. Once you leave you may not find yourself surrounded by a richly rooted surf community based in surfing heritage and spirit.

“The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.” – Laird Hamilton  

 kelly slater wave pool

What are your roots?

Corky Carrolls surf schools are rooted into two epic surf spots and are submerged in surf culture: Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, CA and Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

  • Huntington Beach
  • Huntington Beach Pier
  • Dukes
  • Jack’s Surfboards

Why did the original pioneer of professional surfing Corky Carroll put his surf school at Bolsa Chica?

Just like in gardening, for surfing, where you plant your surfing roots is important for you and your sprouting grommets. In gardening the seed sprouts roots into the Earth to connect with it for nutrition. In surfing our dreams are the seeds that we connect with our lives. We are planting our surfing roots and connecting our dreams into our life. Surfing becomes the root source of living a dream. We truly grow because of it.

The overall connective experience that people are looking for when beginning their surfing adventures and planting their surfing roots can only be found by being submerged in the oceans and the surrounding communities. You are planting your surfing roots and your life grows because of it physically, mentally, spiritually.

You remember your first wave. You remember the people you meet. It all becomes a part of you and your personal surfing journey.

Bolsa Chica translates to “Little Pockets.” I like to say Little Pockets runs deep in surfing roots, heritage, and history.

Bolsa Chica State beach has a sweetness to it.  Perfect for beginners, campers, families and journeymen alike.

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  • *It’s protected, smooth, flat beaches are the beneficiary of California weather. It doesn’t suffer from lack of waves being consistent with swell from any direction.
  • *Talk about legendary surf roots and community: Not only was Corky Carroll the first professional surfer, Corky helped pioneer another surf staple. Just up the road is Kasnvas By Katin where he helped with the designs for the original pair of board shorts.
  • *When your lesson for the day is over at the beach. The ocean is still open. The ocean doesn’t black ball you after your hour is up.

Bolsa Chica has less black ball issue hours than most breaks local to Huntington Beach

Encounters with the local dolphins happen almost daily at Bolsa Chica and other surrounding breaks. In Costa Rica Howler Monkeys and animals of all kinds are always around.

Connecting with Mother Nature and connecting with animals in a shared environment does something to our perspective. It can be life changing, and life enhancing.

Something resonates with the soul when you are surrounded by Mother Nature’s vast epi-scapes like “the Cliffs”@ Huntington Beach, the wetlands @ Bolsa Chica State Beach, or the sugary beaches of Costa Rica. The soul connection to the ocean’s power and beauty cannot be found in a manmade pool. A wave pool just can’t beat the life enhancing challenges and bond building experiences that the ocean can present. Our oceans are priceless.

When a surfer talks about choosing his line, he is talking about something unique that is within each wave and each person. Surfing in the ocean is another way to tap into your overall sensory awareness, learn something about yourself, and express it creatively.

I love pools but they are not alive like the ocean

Ricks roots did not change because he went to surf in Hawaii. He struggled to take his surfing into the ocean. His surfing roots were still in Arizona. Then he connected more dream roots when he combined his dreams with his reality. He was the champion of a park and his ultimate dream was to surf for real. That should tell you something about the difference between manmade wave parks and the real natural deal. That will not change, I still think Corky said it best -“Arizona?!”

Looking at the new wave theaters I can’t help but notice how something is missing.

So where do you go to practice and learn how to surf?

The path you choose is up to you.