SURF CAMP Manhattan Beach

Starting at Age 7, our Surf Camp is designed for first-time, beginner and intermediate surfers looking to improve their confidence and competence in the waves.  Our small class size and incredibly low instructor to camper ratio of 1:4 ensures a safe environment with hyper-focused, individualized instruction for each camper. Our Surf Camp curriculum was designed by expert local surfer and instructor, Tommy Ostendorf, and is lead by experienced waterwomen and men who are excited to share their knowledge with their campers.  In addition to learning surfing techniques, campers will also be educated on other essential aspects of surfing including, wave formation, tides, rip tides and currents, etiquette, equipment and much more!

When is it?

2023 Camp Dates:
June 12th – September 1st

Monday – Friday
8:15AM Early Drop-Off Available

Who can join?

Ages 7 to 14
No experience necessary

Over 14?
Become a BeachSports Coach or Coach in Training. Learn More!

Where is it?

Manhattan Beach @ 15th St.
15th St. & Ocean Dr.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Camp Safety

  • Small Camp Size: Groups are limited to 12 campers with 3 coaches
  • All Coaches: CPR & First-Aid Certified and Background Checked
  • Location: Camp is setup next to a staffed LA County Lifeguard tower. Coaches and Lifeguards communicate daily about ocean conditions and coaches always defer to lifeguards on safety matters.
  • Rashguards: All campers receive one brightly colored SPF rashguard per summer so they are easily identified by coaches and lifeguards.
  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen reapplication breaks are scheduled multiple times throughout the day. Shade tents are provided on the beach to escape sun exposure.

What You’ll Learn

  • Beginner to Advanced Surf Instruction
  • Ocean Safety (Rip tides, currents, waves, etc.)
  • Surfing Etiquette 101
  • Surfing Safety + Surfing Outside of Camp
  • Ecology Lessons (ex. Our impact on the beaches and oceans)
  • Meet the Lifeguards
  • Beach Games, Body Surfing & Boogie Boarding optional

Sample Surf Camp Schedule

  • 8:45-9:00AM | Camper valet style drop-off
  • 9:00-9:15AM | Introduction, Warm-up, Surf Check
  • 9:15AM-9:30AM | Ocean & Surf Safety Review
  • 9:30-10:30AM | Surf Instruction
  • 10:30-10:45AM | Snack + Water + Sunscreen
  • 10:45-12:00PM | Surf Instruction
  • 12:00-12:30PM | Lunch + Shade + Sunscreen + Optional Beach Game
  • 12:30-1:45PM | Surf Instruction / Water time
  • 1:45PM-2:00PM | Recap the day + Trash Pick-up + Walk to pick-up spot

*Schedule will vary based on ocean conditions. Quality waves = increased water time. Dangerous waves = increased beach activities and instruction

Camp Registration + Fees

$525 per week


Our Surf Camp is divided into 3 groups (A, B, C) with 12 spots available in each group.  Small groups provide increased safety and an effective learning environment.  If you are enrolling with friends or family and want to participate in activities together, make sure sign up for the same Group.

After selecting the “Sign Up!” button below, you will be transferred to our registration page hosted by Sawyer. Select your Group then follow the steps to complete registration.

Prorated Camp Dates

To accommodate the MBUSD calendar and the July 4th holiday, the following dates can be reserved without attending the full week of camp:

June 16
July 3, 5, 6, 7
August 21, 22

Is Surf Camp not the right fit? View other Camp options:
Beach Camp | Jr. Lifeguard Camp | Volleyball Camp | Skateboard Camp

Saturday Skate Class

Hermosa Skatepark | 9am-12pm

Private Lessons

All Ages & Abilities

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