Huntington Beach FAQs
Where is your surfing school located?
Corky Carroll’s Surfing school is located at Bolsa Chica State Beach Huntington Beach, CA. Once you enter the park you will turn left. You will go along the coast going towards the Huntington Beach Pier while being in the State Park still. Go past the RV camping lot and turn right. TOWER 18 is where Corky Carroll’s Surf School is located. Approximately 2.5 miles north of the Huntington Beach Pier. Here is the link for the location of Bolsa Chica State Beach Bolsa Chica State Beach
Directions from Los Angeles area:
- Take connecting freeways to the I-405 South exit Bolsa Chica Road just before the exit to the Garden Grove Freeway 22
- Continue South approximately 5 miles until Warner Avenue, then turn right (West)
- Continue until Pacific Coast Highway, then turn left (South)
- After exactly 1.5 miles is the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach
- Turn left and proceed exactly 3 parking lots to the surf school
- Lifeguard tower 18 is to the direct South but we are directly to the beach
Directions from South of Huntington Beach:
- Take connecting freeways to I-405 north exit Warner Avenue
- Follow instruction above from Warner Avenue.
What age should I start my youngster surfing?
We recommend that they be at least 4 years old but we do have kids surfing at younger ages at our Beach Adventure program which is located right next to our Surf School Beach Adventure Huntington Beach
What age is too old to begin surfing?
NEVER! We have people 80+ learning to surf
How dangerous is surfing?
Surfing can be dangerous if you are not taught the proper instruction and lack of ocean knowledge. Here at Corky Carroll’s Surf School these concepts are taught before entering the water. Safety is our number one priority.
What program group or private lessons is best suited for me or my youngster?
Everyone is different, but the general recommendation is private for adults and groups for youngsters.
Why is it better for youngsters to learn in group lessons?
Anyone can and should take private lessons if they want to get a lot of one on one time with the instructor. Adults can also take Private Lesson Program and we recommend kids to go to Corky Carroll’s Surf Camp.
How does the group lessons work?
Our student-to-instructor ratio is three instructors for every ten students. The students are placed in groups according to age and ability. Groups are never larger than five. In addition, for group instruction we also have an instructor on shore with a megaphone watching and assisting the students (one for every ten students in the water).
What equipment is provided?
During our summer months we provide a spring suit(summer suit) and a surfboard for every person taking a lesson or at our camps. During our winter months which are only 2 hour Private Lessons, we provide a full suit(winter suit) and a surfboard.
How long will it take to learn surfing?
Some people get up on the first time they try, some don’t stand up for a couple of lessons! Just like in any sport, there is some who catch on fast and some who take a little longer to learn. To learn how to surf to full potential takes years and years of dedication and proper instruction
Should I learn to surf on a soft board?
It all depends on what you feel comfortable doing. There is no problem with learning how to surf on a soft board. Most of our customers learn on a soft top first and then as they get better switch to a real hard surfboard.
How do I know what surfboard is best for me?
When learning to surf, always purchase a surfboard based on your height and weight. It also depends on the wave you are surfing and the wave conditions that specific day. If its small we recommend using a long board.
Why is Bolsa Chica State Beach an excellent place to learn how to surf?
There are a number of reason why you should learn how to surf at Bolsa Chica State Beach but here are just a few! Less crowded line-ups with nicer more mellow surfers. The wave produced here is much small in size and strength compared to most Southern California surf spots around. The wave is great for long board and beginner surfers because the bottom shelf at Bolsa Chica is shallower than other beaches, therefore producing about 30% smaller waves. Also, surfing is allowed the entire day (no black ball).
If my youngster is interested in more than one week of surf camp, should he/she do the weeks consecutively?
If your kid is ready and excited to surf then of course they should do multiple weeks. What we do not want is your son or daughter or get overwhelmed and or exhausted to the point where they get disappointed in themselves for not doing as good as they should. All parents know their children’s abilities and when they have been pushed to far. If you think they can handle another week of surf camp then they should do it.