How we different from other surf camps.
We have the most experience, this summer will be the Hermosa Surf Camps 26th year! We have
been teaching surfing professionally for 29 years. Join over 8000 happy students!
All of our paid instructors are adults and experienced surfers. Many other camps use kids and
beginning surfers as paid employees. Most of our instructors have been with us for many years. They
are among the highest paid in the industry.
Four of our instructors work in the local public schools. Three of them have California Teaching
Credentials and one is finishing a Master Degree in Special Education.
Two of our instructors are Red Cross Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors and Swimming
Teachers. Our younger teachers were in the surf camp for years or are junior lifeguards and on their
high school surf team.
We carry a lesson plan on the beach in a ziplock bag. It is available on our web site in the image
gallery. It is a work in progress and we update it. Do other camps have lesson plans or make them
easy to view?
We have created many new instructional strategies to help students learn surfing quicker and
safer. We videotape the classes to check on the effectiveness of our teaching techniques.
We treat students as individual learners and use strategies from regular and special education
teacher training. We set high goals and check often for understanding. We change the lesson as water
conditions dictate or as needed to improve instruction.
Our location south of the Hermosa Pier has smaller waves and rip tides than Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan and Redondo beaches are often crowded with expert surfers, bodyboarders, stand-up paddlers
and swimmers. Hermosa Beach has less people in the water making it a fun, safe place to learn. Hermosa
has less shore-break (waves that break real close to shore in shallow water) than Redondo and Torrance
beaches making for longer and safer rides.
We are located between the the L.A. County Lifeguard Southern Headquarters at the Hermosa Pier
and the 10th street Lifeguard Tower for safety. Our surf camp has an easy, safe drop off location and
plenty of parking at 10th or 11th streets. Bathrooms and showers are located at the pier.
Surfboard, bodyboard, wetsuit and bicycle rentals are available nearby. Enjoy the waves or ride
the famous 28 mile bike path. Their are many great family owned resaurants and taverns and eclectic
shopping all within walking distance!