If it’s day two of vacation and you’re already tired of plopping yourself on the beach with a good book, there are plenty of ways to stay active in Santa Monica. Learn to surf like a local by signing up for lessons at one of these great Santa Monica surf schools. Most of these spots offer group lessons, so grab your honey or your friends and face the inevitable wipeouts together.

The Best Santa Monica Surf Schools

Learn to Surf L.A.

If you’re going to be in town for more than just a few days, and you’re committed to the idea of leaving Santa Monica as a surf champion, consider signing up for a package of 3-7 lessons with Learn to Surf L.A.  For the average adult, it takes about three full surf lessons in order to be able to consistently get up on the board, and catch some easy waves. Learn more at the Learn to Surf L.A. website.

Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

You’ll be in good hands at Aloha Brothers, as owner Nick learned to ride from world surfing champion Fred Hemmings when he was just 5 years old. He’s also fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, so if you’re international, or you simply want to brush up on your language skills, Nick frequently gives surf lessons in these languages. Lessons at Venice Beach start at $85. Learn more at the Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons website.

Perfect Day Surf Camp

Traveling with children? Spend some time shopping on Montana Ave. and sign the kids up for a half or full day of lessons at Perfect Day Surf Camp. They also provide beach camps full of games and fun, private surf lessons, and even stand up paddle boarding instruction. Learn more at the Perfect Day Surf Camp website.