Learn to Surf at a Surf Camp this Summer in "Surf City" Santa Cruz, California

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Families keen on learning to surf this summer will find quality instruction with surf camps in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz. Located on California’s Central Coast, approximately 40 miles north of Monterey and 70 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is home to surfboard shapers, wetsuit makers, a surfing museum, and some of the best surf breaks on the West Coast (including some great beginner waves). Two surf schools—Club Ed Surf School and Richard Schmidt Surf School—have been teaching surfing for two decades and both offer week-long surf camps for kids and adults throughout the summer. Two hour group lessons and private lessons are also available.

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Club Ed Surf Camp in Santa Cruz, California

Two surf schools--Club Ed Surf School and Richard Schmidt Surf School--have been teaching surfing for two decades and both offer week-long surf camps for kids and adults throughout the summer.

Families keen on learning to surf this summer will find quality instruction with surf camps in the iconic beach town of Santa Cruz. Located on California’s Central Coast, approximately 40 miles north of Monterey and 70 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is home to surfboard shapers, wetsuit makers, a surfing museum, and some of the best surf breaks on the West Coast (including some great beginner waves). Two surf schools—Club Ed Surf School and Richard Schmidt Surf School—have been teaching surfing for two decades and both offer week-long surf camps for kids and adults throughout the summer. Two hour group lessons and private lessons are also available.

With Club Ed Surf Camps, campers can camp on the beach and surf to their heart’s content with the waves just steps from their campsite. Beginning and experienced surfers alike progress quickly under the instruction of founder Ed Guzman and his team. The camp's location on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary provides the opportunity to catch sight of dolphins, seals, and sea otters while skimming the waves. In addition to surfing, campers can play ping-pong, beach volleyball, or relax by the campfire. Club Ed also leads excursions to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Arrow Surfboard Factory and summer movies.

The camps are $1,090 per week and includes six days and five nights of camping, daily surf instruction, three meals each day, a professional massage, and an edited video with highlights from the week. Club Ed also provides surfboards, wetsuits, and tents. The first camp of the summer, which runs June 19-24, is designated for adults only. The remaining six sessions are geared for kids ages 12 and up, although adults are welcome.

Richard Schmidt's surf camps are based out of the KOA Kampground in La Selva Beach near Watsonville, giving campers access to KOA's pool, hot tub, and hot showers. Campers receive five solid days of surfing instruction, with two sessions daily. Campers also receive video coaching in addition to instruction in the water to help them progress more quickly. When they’re not in the water, campers are treated to yoga classes each morning, gourmet meals, sports massage, and tours of the Seymour Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and Arrow Surfboard Factory. Manresa State Beach is a stone’s throw away from the campground.

The camps are $1,000 per week and include six days and five nights of camping at KOA, daily surf instruction, three meals each day, yoga classes, sports massage, and recreational activities. Richard Schmidt also provides surfboards, wetsuits, tents, and transportation to and from the beach. Beginning June 19, the week-long camps are open to kids ages 10 and up, although adults are welcome. The last camp of the season, August 7-12, of the summer is designated for adults only.

For more information on surfing lessons, surfboard and wetsuit rentals, and surfing-related attractions in Santa Cruz, visit http://www.santacruz.travel or call 800-833-3494.

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