Mary Osbourne Surf Camp — Photo courtesy of www.mosurf.com
Now that the kids are out of school and the sun has taken permanent residence, it’s time to find the perfect camp to occupy summer days. While there are numerous camp themes available, beach camps are some of the most popular for California residents. What better way to spend a week than learning how to surf? Here are a few camps that come highly recommended by both kids and parents alike.
Santa Barbara Seals Surf Camp
Stationed at one of the best beaches for “grommets” to learn, Santa Barbara Seals takes kids to Leadbetter Beach for a week-long surf camp. Students can enroll according to skill level into one of the eleven sessions with the option of enrolling in consecutive weeks at a discounted price. While beginning surfers focus mainly on fundamentals and riding that first wave, intermediate surfers are also given the special opportunity to tour the Sex Wax factory during camp. Local shapers teach the kids about the surf industry and historical role of Santa Barbara within the surf culture. Experienced surfers can receive more specialized coaching about actual maneuvers on the board and all groups enjoy time at the beach and in the water. Santa Barbara Seals Surf Camp is also unique in that they offer the option of hiring a professional photographer to take photos of the kids as they ride the waves, creating great memorabilia for the family to share. Dates, prices, and information can be found on their website at www.santabarbaraseals.com.
Learning to Surf — Photo courtesy of Mike Rubino
Ventura Surf Class
Just down the coast from Santa Barbara is another popular surf camp that boasts a focused 5:1 student to instructor ratio. While they offer camps all year-round, their summer programs welcome kids of all ages for their busiest season. Surf Class not only teaches students how to surf, but they also stress the other fundamentals of the surfing culture, including environmental education, ocean safety, and stewardship. The camp stresses the importance of respect and fun within the surf community. These half-day and week-long sessions also include a tour of “The Patagonia Surf Shop” by Chouinard Designs. For more information and details on each of the camp’s components, visit www.surfclass.com.
Malibu Makos Student — Photo courtesy of Rachel's Ocean
Malibu Makos Surf Club
Located at the iconic Zuma Beach in Malibu, this surf camp considers both age and skill when placing its students with surf instructors and peers. They welcome students of any age to get up on the board! The club also places emphasis on ocean safety by providing informational lessons on understanding and respecting both the water and the beaches. When you’re not surfing, you can participate endless beach or water games, including kayaking, soccer, beach volleyball, capture the flag, etc. Malibu Makos is determined to promote activity of any kind for the enjoyment of the California coast. On Fridays the camp closes with a pizza lunch and a visit from Quiksilver’s professional surf team, an inspiring experience for the students who fell in love with the sport. For more information, including their carpool service to surrounding areas, visit www.malibumakos.com.
Maui Jim Women’s Adventure Series
And just because the kids are out of school, doesn’t mean mom’s have to pass up the opportunity to join their own surf camp! Under the instruction of champion longboarder and professional surfer, Mary Osbourne, women can enroll in a weekend surf and yoga camp taking place in California, Florida, and even Hawaii! While Mary Osbourne also hosts surf camps for children in Ventura County, she teamed up with Maui Jim for this special opportunity to get women out in the water. Throughout the weekend she will lead women in surfing, paddle-boarding, and yoga instruction. Sign-ups are now online for weekends in Melbourne Beach, San Diego, Newport Beach, Ventura, and Maui. Visit www.maryosbournesurf.com for information on these camps and others.