University of Surfing is dedicated to providing and documenting the best surfing experience possible. We love surfing and it shows. Our life long surfers will teach you surfing during the proper tide on a soft, safe surfboard in a 4/3mm wetsuit and booties. U of S is fully licensed and insured and is proud to live and work on the beach10 minutes south of San Francisco in beautiful Pacifica.
Take Hwy 280 S to Hwy 1 South for a couple minutes. Linda Mar State Beach is on the right side of Highway 1, at the intersection of Linda Mar Blvd and San Pedro Ave.
When you see Linda Mar Beach, do not park in the main
parking lot on the beach! U of S instructors park in the “Linda Mar South
Parking Lot”. Stay in the right lane and turn right at the intersection onto
San Pedro Avenue (turn right after the Taco Bell). Make
an immediate right into the first parking lot.
7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 foot Surfboards. all new: 10' 2 SUP Surfboard
4/3 mm suits and booties provided. Many of the suits have built in hoods.
Pre Surf Lesson Info
Please print and sign the Surf Release prior to you lesson
Have Cash, Check or Groupon ready to go and we’ll get you suited up and down to the beach.
Voucher: present Voucher and signed waiver on arrival
Linda Mar, Pacifica, CA aka Taco Bell Beach
Pacifica is located fifteen minutes south of San Francisco
Take Hwy 280 to Hwy 1 over the hill into Pacifica
Linda Mar is the southern most beach in Pacifica before Devils Slide
Pass thru Sharp Park and the Pier, deadly heavy waves and shorebreak
Next is Rockaway Beach is and advanced wave with territorial locals
Go over the hill into Linda Mar; go thru the light called Crepsi
Do not turn into the next crowded lot, pass Taco Bell and go right at
Linda Mar Blvd/ San Pedro Ave
Make an immediate right into the first parking lot
MapquestThe zip code is 94044
The intersection is “San Pedro Avenue/Linda Mar Blvd”
Look for the University of Surfing flag and big soft surfboards and possibly a black and white border collie named Kai
We try to park close to the bathrooms and shower south of Taco Bell.
Post Surf Lesson Info
Attention: University of Surfing Alumni
Thanks a ton for coming out
and learning to surf with University of Surfing. Please come back again.
If you are ready to go out on your own here is some info to help. Be SAFE. Look out for other surfers, cover your head and hold on to your board.
It’s a good idea to buy a good wetsuit now and try out different rental boards before you buy. Feel free to ask any questions and I look forward to seeing you out in the surf.
We offer intermediate to advanced lessons as well as packages and Coaching. Whether you have been surfing for less than a year or more than 5 years, we can help you have more fun by seriously increasing your wave count. Lessons are available on yours or our equipment at Linda Mar, or your home break.
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To the south end, aka Boat Docks it is a mellow reef break that can have a really fun long left. Careful it’s rocky and you should only surf out there if you can surf safely and respectfully. Next is San Pedro creek, rocky reef that can create some fun waves. Main beach, aka Taco Bell beach at Linda Mar is a Beach Break. The further north you go the more advanced and secluded the wave gets. The Pump House is in front of the north lot showers and is a good mid level wave. Next break is in front of the Park and Ride at Crespi, good wave with smaller crowds. The far north end has a few reefs and large exposed rocks, advanced only. So for your best bet, stay between San Pedro creek and Taco Bell. It’s a mainly sandy bottom, slow, usually mushy wave that often closes out allowing multiple surfers to ride each wave. All these spots can become much nastier at high tides, or they can go flat if the tide is too high. Wave. Energy in water that breaks in water that is approximately 1.4 times deeper than it is high. Ex. A 2-foot wave will break in about 3 feet of water. Whitewater. Broken wave, mush, horizontal, better for beginners. Tides. Changes twice a day, low tide tends to have more mellow mushy waves. High tide tends to have more hollow advanced waves. Inside. Waves or whitewater close to the shore, where we usually hang out. Outside. Further out, where waves 1st break and beyond. Right. Wave breaking to the right from surfer’s perspective, left from shore. Regular foot surfers (left foot forward) are facing the wave, easiest way to surf. Left. Wave breaking to left. Goofy foot surfers (right foot forward) are facing wave. You are better off taking off at an angle for a few reasons: That’s how you properly surf a wave, It’s safer (less pear dives) and extend ride time by going down the line. Ideally, you want to as close as possible to the shoulder of the wave at all times. Other good beginner beaches in the Bay Area are Surfers Beach in Half Moon Bay, aka Princton or HMB Jetty. Mellow little wave that is protected from north swells, mellower waves at low tide, hollow and fast at high tide.
Cowell’s in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Manresa is Aptos, Balinas in Marin
Surf/ Massage: Bella Luce in north Pacifica
Come for a surf lesson then hit them up at 2014 Palmetto Ave. Suite A, Pacifica, CA
Advanced reservations are required. If you combine your lesson and massage, we will take 10% off both.