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South Bay Surf Camps Summer 2013

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The fundamentals with CampSurf. Photo by CampSurf

The fundamentals with CampSurf. Photo by CampSurf

With summer just around the corner and the school year coming to an end, the upcoming 3 months of free time is an opportunity for the creation of life-long memories. Put the game controllers and keyboards down, and relish in the sun (with sunscreen of course), surf, and sand by attending one of the listed surf camps and classes.


Campsurf is “Los Angeles’ PremierSurfSchool”, according the LA Business Journal, offering surf instruction in Manhattan Beach for all ages and abilities.  We offer Private & Group Lessons, Summer Surf Camps, After School Programs, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events and much more.  Instruction is available year round and we maintain a 1:4 instructor to surfer ratio in all our lessons and camps.  Surfboards and wetsuits are provided.  We also offer youth and adult Volleyball Classes and Clinics through our CampVolley programs.

Visit us online at Campsurf.com to schedule your Surf Lesson or Camp.  Office: 310.372.2202

photo courtesy of BeachSports

photo courtesy of BeachSports


BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps were created in 1995 by LA County Lifeguards to provide beach and ocean safety education to local and visiting boys and girls.  Beach Sports programs include instruction in Surfing, Boogie Boarding, Beach Volleyball and Junior Lifeguard skills. Participants will leave camp with the ability to safely and confidently enjoy the beach and ocean.  We offer 5 camps including: Surf Camp, Beach Camp, Beach Volleyball Camp, John Featherstone’s 12-day Volleyball Clinic and a Junior Lifeguard Program.  With safety in mind our camps are located at these LifeguardTower locations: Manhattan Beach, 14th St., Hermosa Beach, 15th St., Redondo Beach, Ave. I, and Redondo Beach, Vista del Mar.

Online registration is available at BeachSports.org. Office: 310.372.2202

Photo courtesy of PCH Skate Camp

Photo courtesy of PCH Skate Camp

PCH Skate Camp

Learn to skateboard or take your skills to the next level with our PCH Skate Camps!  We provide beginner to intermediate level skate and safety instruction focusing on basic ollies and kick turns to flip tricks, grinds and much more.  We have a variety of ramps, rails and fun boxes, which we position differently each day to offer a variety of trick options.  Camp activities include team games, SKATE and obstacle courses.  Safety is our number one priority so all campers are required to wear full pads.  Private skate instruction is also available at our Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills Estates locations.  Learn more and register online at PCHSkateCamps.com. Office: 310.372.2202

Ethan Emery enjoying every minute of PV Surf. Photo courtesy of PV Surf.

Ethan Emery enjoying every minute of PV Surf. Photo courtesy of PV Surf

PV Surf

The team at P.V. Surf recognizes the importance of leading active and healthy lives. Our goal is to teach ocean safety, surfing technique, surfing etiquette and an appreciation for the power and beauty of the ocean.

All camp sessions are led by knowledgeable and experienced instructors (ratio is 4:1). The instructors have very strong water skills, multiple years of surfing experience, and are trained in CPR.  The staff’s first priority is incorporating ocean safety, while teaching the participants to surf in a fun environment.

Weekly camp sessions are offered for kids ages 6-15, beginning on June 10th-August 19th.  Participants can choose either a morning or afternoon session.

Visit www.pvsurfcamp.com

(310) 908-8164

Vinny Ray and instructors teaching another stoked student. Photo courtesy of Chevron Surf Camp

Vinny Ray and instructors teaching another stoked student. Photo courtesy of Chevron Surf Camp

Hermosa Beach Chevron Surf Camp

The Hermosa Beach Chevron Surf Camp Surf Camp celebrates 22 years! You will learn about ocean safety, basic surf techniques, tricks, equipment and the beach environment. Surf classes have a 1:6 teacher to student ratio for safety and a lot of one-on-one attention. BZ soft surfboards are provided and all students receive at -shirt, lycra surf shirt and three photos. You must be an intermediate swimmer. There is always an instructor on duty that is a lifeguard and a California Certified Teacher. You are guaranteed to ride a wave your first lesson!

www.hermosasurfcamp.com or surferjay@losangeles.usa.com

Vince Ray 310-370-1918.

We offer 5 day classes (M-F) for 1 1/2 hours for $134/$124 resident rate or 3.25 hours for $209/$199 resident rate.

Hermosa Beach Friendship Circle Surf Camp

A Surf camp for children and adults with special needs. You will learn about ocean safety, basic surf techniques, tricks, equipment, and the beach environment. Ages 7+. Surf classes have a 2:1 teacher-to student ratio for safety and a lot of one-on-one attention. There will be a teen volunteer paired with each student for socialization and extra safety. BZ soft surfboard provided.

All students receive a T-shirt, lycra surf shirt and three photos of themselves. You must be a swimmer to participate. There is always an instructor on duty that is a Lifeguard and California Certificated Teacher. Start date August 12.

Fee: $169./$159. resident discount. On site we will have professionals qualified to assist any and all children/ young adults with special needs.

Please call the Friendship Circle for approval before registering- 310-214-6677, 310-214-4999.

www.gotfriends.com. For general questions about the Surf Camp contact– Vince Ray 310-370-1918 or surferjay@losangeles.usa.com or www.hermosasurfcamp.com


Perfect Day Camp on the playful rollers of Torrance Beach. Photo courtesy of Perfect Day Surf Camp

Perfect Day Camp on the playful rollers of Torrance Beach. Photo courtesy of Perfect Day Surf Camp

Perfect Day Surf Camp

Perfect Day Surf Camp, presented by Quiksilver/Roxy, offers surf/beach camps for ages 3-17.  Our 7-17 year olds surf and boogie board most of the time and play volleyball, dodge-ball and beach sports. 5:1 ratio and 1:1 for anyone that needs it to start. Our 3-7 year olds will have a more structured camp with fun learning activities to teach how to respect our ocean and be safe.  We also teach surfing and boogie boarding with 1:1 instruction.  Locations are Santa Monica, Redondo, Torrance and Manhattan.Flexible schedule, so you can spread your days over the summer.  Equipment and wetsuits provided.




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Photo courtesy of Perfect Day Surf Camp

Brog Soul Performance Surf Classes

Soul Performance surf lessons revolve around a holistic approach. We teach the science of waves and their patterns, proper surf etiquette, and the basic physical pathway a beginning surfer needs to become a casual ocean user.  Our classes are only one-on-one, allowing us to individually touch on all facets a surfer needs to become a safe ocean user. We stress ocean awareness while demonstrating the application of physical requirements that leads into exponential spiritual and mental benefits riding waves provide. Sign up for a class and receive a 10% discount at our shop, Soul Performance.

To sign up: 310-370-1428

Visit the Shop: Soul Performance 2215 Artesia Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA



Nikau Kai and their Stand-up Paddling lessons. Photo by Jeff Berting

Nikau Kai and their Stand-up Paddling lessons. Photo by Jeff Berting

Nikau Kai Waterman Shop

Nikau Kai Waterman Shop offers experienced and fun loving instructors who are here to help you reach your goals in the water. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf or maybe you’re ready to try the fastest growing water sport in the world… Stand up Paddle boarding, we’ve got you covered. Our lessons are always customized to your particular skill level, so whether you have trouble standing on a board or figuring out how to drop in on a wave we’ll help you get there. Through teaching proper technique, safety skills and surf etiquette we hope to share our passion and respect for the water with you.

Lessons are available by appointment so, give us a call and we’ll get you going 310.545.7007.
We can’t wait to see you… Aloha.



Beach Aqualetics

Beach Aqualetics

Begins June 24

This organized recreation class at the beach features body surfing, water safety, beach baseball and other special beach activities. Drop off location: Manhattan Beach Pier.

310-802-5448; citymb.info

Beginning Surf Lessons

Begins June 24

Surfers will spend a week in small peer groups that are age and skill appropriate. Essential skills include balance training, paddling, the “pop-up”, oceanography and catching waves. Dedicated counselors and a low staff/student ratio, ensure safety and allows for individual instruction.

310-802-5448; citymb.info

ET Skate Camp

Hang out with a local pro at the Hermosa
Beach Skatepark! You will learn about safety,
the best equipment and safe places to skate.
Practice turning, slides, kick turns, kick
flips, grinds,wheelies and other tricks. Students
supply their own skateboard, helmet, knee and
elbow pads.
The class is held M-F during the summer
and on the weekends the rest of the year.
Location:Hermosa Beach Skatepark, Corner of
Pier ave. and Ardmore ave. Hermosa Beach.
Two different age groups- 4 to 7 or 7+.
Fee: $135. Hermosa Beach resident discount
$125. The one hour class is for five days M-F.


E.T. Skate Camp Summer 2013
Ages 4 – 7To sign up: City of Hermosa Beach Recreation 310-318-0280 (M-Th) .hermosabch.org
For more information: Instructor
Shawn Perez at


Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf

Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf Camp

26th Manhattan Beach Freedom Surf Camp

Between the ages of 5-7 and never surfed before? Freedom surf camp is the place to take the first steps toward surfing in a safe and comfortable environment! We specialize in introducing children to the water and instructing surfing with a unique one on one style where we hold onto and stabilize the board / boogie-board on the waves. If your Young Beginner is interested in learning to surf visit freeedom.org or call 310.770.4410 for more information.

-Total Beginners Ages 5-9.

-Separated groups 5-7 & 8-9 years old.

-Listen to Each Young Beginner, Assessing Comfort Level.-Safe swimming and diving techniques for understanding water safety.

-Natural Progression Challenges: Boogie Boarding to Surfing, Surfing One on One.

-Learning with Young Beginner Peers.

-Kids specialist instructors.

-kids ball games and challenges.

Gilad Lewandovski

Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf Camp

Photo courtesy of Freedom Surf Camp








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