Learn to surf this summer

Schools' lessons cover surfing, water safety and awareness.

July 29, 2010|By Ashley Breeding,
  • Kendyl Brennan is up and in position for a ride to the beach as Laguna Beach Surf Instructor Steven Chew yells encouragment from out back.
Kendyl Brennan is up and in position for a ride to the beach… (Don Leach, Coastline…)

School's out. Swell's in. Surf's up.

To celebrate the continuation of summer — or the onset if we're going by the weather — a few surf schools in Laguna Beach are offering lessons and camps for little (and big) grommets who want to learn some real skills.

Laguna Beach Surf School, sponsored by Billabong and directed by Steven "Slydawg" Chew, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and teaches kids about water safety, physical fitness, surfing etiquette and marine biology, in addition to providing instructional surf lessons.

Groms meet at Laguna Surf & Sport, 1088 S. Coast Hwy., before they are taken to the "Wave Wall" on Anita Street, where Chew and his certified staff will go over ocean safety and awareness before helping students into the waves. Kids take a lunch break about noon, when they can relax with a packed lunch or venture to Gina's, Wahoo's or Adolfo's.


The weeklong program concludes with a pizza party Friday, where each surfer will also get a goodie-bag from Billabong.

Boards and wetsuits are provided. Campers will need a towel, swimsuit, sunblock, and lunch or lunch money.

Cost is $450. The camp runs through Sept 3. For more information, call Steven Chew at (949) 280-3005.

The school will also host Surf Experience Day in collaboration with the Mauli Ola Foundation from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Thalia reef, where Surf n Sport's pros and bros will provide free instruction to children and adults who have cystic fibrosis.

One of the most common chronic diseases in children, cystic fibrosis, is an inherited disease that causes thick mucus buildup in the lungs and digestive tract. According to the foundation, the elevated saline environment of the ocean air facilitates the breakdown of mucus in the lungs when inhaled, which makes surfing an especially beneficial activity for people with the disease.

For more information or to register, visit


The Soul Surfing School, 255 Oak St., will offer a Surf Adventure Club from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 to 13 for kids ages 5 to 7.

Cost is $350 for the week. Kids will need lunch or lunch money, a towel, water, sunblock and change of clothes; surf equipment will be provided.

The school also offers a variety of clubs and trips throughout the year. For more information or to register, call (877) 768- 5773 or visit

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