The Culture Trip write-up

  • Fun little write-up about Zuma Surf & Swim on the Culture Trip. Summer is here, time to get out there for some surfing!
  • Read the write-up here...
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Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #4

  • TIP #4 -- Go body surfing!
  • Find your inner “waterman”. Or just go swim (preferably with swim fins) in the surf zone. This will help you to feel comfortable getting tossed around by the waves. Eventually you will figure out how not to get tossed around and may even enjoy a good thrashing. Bodysurf the waves. Figure out the timing and how to turn your body into a board and ride the waves to the beach. An old fav, pull into the barrel and throw a peace sign or a “shaka” at your buddy. This is a good workout and will help you to understand wave dynamics. In the end it will pay off with you catching more waves while surfing.
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New Online Reservation System

We’ve just set up a new online reservation system, so you can now see what times we have available and book your desired time right online.

**If you don’t see the day, time or location that you want, or would like to speak to us in person, please email, call or text us at:**

Kai or Josette
(310) 455-6900


Santa Monica/Venice Beach reservation ($40 deposit required when booking lesson):

Zuma Beach reservation ($40 deposit required when booking lesson):
**Please email or call us if you would like to have a surf lesson at Zuma Beach**

Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #3

Tip #2: Where to paddle out. Giving other surfers some space, while also looking after your own safety.

The herd mentality...or at least in Los Angeles, the most direct line from the most convenient parking lot to the surf!

The spot where all the other surfers are might not always be the best spot -- Know that people tend to have the herd mentality. “If everyone is there then it must be good”. This is not always the case, especially at big open beaches. Maybe the waves are not quite as good down the beach but there is nobody out. If it looks safe, why not paddle out there and have it all to yourself? This way you don’t add to the crowd at a crowded spot and you have the chance to catch any wave that comes your way. As a beginner, the biggest piece of surf etiquette that you need to know and abide by is to give other surfers space. This is for your own good and theirs. Down the road, especially at advanced spots, paddling out and sitting right in the pack, ready to catch the first good wave that comes through is considered bad form. Its kind of like cutting in line at Pinks Hotdogs on a Saturday night...not a good way to make friends.