Surfs up and if your kids are all about catching waves, signing them up for surf lessons in New Jersey is a sure way to hang ten at the shore. Whether it’s a weekly surf camp, private lesson, all-girls experience, or adaptive lessons for special needs, kids (and mom too) can learn how to ride the waves safely and build skills that last for a lifetime. Scroll down for the top places for lessons at the shore, and for more beachy things to do, check out 11 Of The Best Beaches In NJ To Visit This Summer and The Best Beach Playgrounds in New Jersey.
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Here’s where you can sign up for surf lessons in New Jersey
At this northern shore spot with 4 locations, kids ages 7-15 will want to be a part of the weeklong Kids’ Surf and Ocean Safety Camp, where they’ll learn ocean, surf, and life skills. Younger kids (age 4-6) can learn about surfing, ocean safety, and wildlife—while building their confidence—during the weeklong Keiki Surf Classes. For a more customized class, sign up for a 1.15-hour private lesson.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Bradley Terrace, Belmar, NJ 07719
1217 Ocean Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
1620 Beacon Ln, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Coastline Adventures Surfing School
This surfing school offers one- to two-hour private, semi-private, and private group surf lessons, as well as adaptive lessons. For a class atmosphere, sign your kiddos up for surf camp: Kids’ Surf Adventure Camps are offered for one or five days, or if you have daughters, the Girls Only Surf Camp builds confidence and camaraderie in the water. And mamas, you can join in too—the Women’s Surf Retreat starts with stress-relieving yoga and meditation, then helps you build a strong surfing foundation.
Brick Beach 3, 440 NJ-35, Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Seneca Dunes, 440 NJ-35, Brick Township, NJ 08723
Stacey’s Surf & Paddle
This surf school has camps for all ages and abilities, focusing on having a good time and overcoming fears. So sign your fam up for the Little Rippers Camp, Beginner/Intermediate Surf Camp (ages 8-17), Teen Surf Camp (ages 13-18), or Advanced Surf Camp (for surfers with a little more experience). And for mamas, you can join the Women’s Wednesday class. For more customized learning, sign your kiddos up for a semi-private or private lesson.
9511 Amherst Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402
Hammer Surf School
Founded by New Jersey professional surfer Sam Hammer, this surf school has three-hour classes for kids (7-11) and teens (12-15) of all skill levels, as well as Advanced Kid & Teen Group Surf for kiddos who have the basics down but want to be challenged and improve their craft. For one-on-one, they offer beginner private lessons and exclusive coaching with Hammer for a more competitive edge. And for kids who’ve mastered the waves, encourage them to try out for the Hammer Surf Team. They also offer 75-minute private Surf Therapy For Special Needs lessons.
S Ocean Ave & 5th Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Oceanfront & Brown Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735
Remsen Ave & Ocean Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Girls Wave Riding
This all-female surf program focuses on personalized private and small group lessons—you can sign your daughter and three of her closest friends up—and is customized to your learning pace. They have two or three lessons a day, so it’s recommended to register in advance to get your preferred day.
Throughout Monmouth County
Surf with Nicole Surf School
Founded by professional surf coach Nicole Pratt, this school offers camps and classes for all skill levels. Sign your kiddos up for a two-hour daily Kids Camp or Grom Squad, which are hour-long camps with one-on-one attention and lower tides for littles. If your kiddos want to learn with their friends, schedule a 90-minute semi-private lesson.
Holgate Beach south of Nelson Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Randazzo Surf School
Have your fam learn from a pro—this surf school is run by world-famous, professional surfer Dean Randazzo (nicknamed “The Jersey Devil”). Sign them up for a three-day or five-day Kids Surf Camp in North Wildwood or Ventnor Fishing Pier, where they’ll learn surfing basics, ocean safety, and more. The school also offers hour-long private and semi-private lessons in both locations (North Wildwood and Ventnor Fishing Pier). And for the moms, there’s a one-and two-day Women’s Yoga and Surf Weekend Retreat that takes beach yoga to the next level.
North Wildwood and Ventnor Fishing Pier
Lucky Dog Surf School
Lucky Dog’s mission focuses on four things: surfing, ocean awareness, healthy living, and environmentalism. Sign your kiddos up for Kids Surf Camp (ages 8-15), where beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced surfers will learn specific techniques and skills. They also offer Advanced Surf Coaching private lessons, which focus on improving and preparing for competitions. And for the avid surfer in your family, they can try out for the Surf Team (ages 10-17).
1096 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760
LBI resident and surfer Jeff Santoloci runs this popular camp with his Intro to Surfing Camp and Junior Surf Camp. If your vacation is short and your kids just want to learn the basics, book a Semi-Private Surf Lesson or Private Surf Lesson. And for your kiddos who love everything ocean, sign them up for The School of Surf, Skim, and Fun Camp, where they’ll learn how to surf, skimboard, bodyboard, and more.
The shop and some lessons: 1301 Long Beach Blvd, North Beach Haven, NJ 08008
For more information and other locations, click the links above.
The Sandy Avocado Surf Camp
The entire fam can do these surfing lessons—each lesson starts with a yoga warm-up and safety instructions, then catches waves along the shore, depending on each skill level. If not everyone is game, book a private lesson for your grom or gather their best buds for a semi-private lesson where they can learn and laugh together.
Beach on Taylor Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
This surf school sees surfing as more than a sport—it’s a way to relieve stress and stay healthy. They offer private surf lessons for up to 10 people, so you can learn together as a family (they teach littles as young as three years old). You’ll learn about safe surfing, how to pick your board, and more. By the end of the first lesson, your kids will be confident about catching waves and getting out on the water.
11900 Sunset Terrace, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
EcoVentures Surf School
Kids ages 8 and up can sign up for a private or group surf lesson—whether they’ve never surfed before or have their own board and are looking to improve. The school purposefully chooses beaches with gently rolling waves and gradual shorelines, so your kids can learn at a pace that’s comfortable for them.
1901 New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
At this all-girls surf school, there’s an emphasis on empowerment through surfing. In addition to the Surf Camp (ages 8-13), the girls create surf art inspired by their time in the ocean. If your daughter loves surfing, have her try out for the Fall Grom Team (ages 9-14). They practice twice a week for four weeks in September, where they develop their craft and build their confidence.
372 Beach Front, Manasquan, NJ 08736 (Look for a shed and tent in the middle of the beach)
Kids will be stoked to take a surf lesson here, which brings Aloha vibes to Wildwood and is run by a local who spent time surfing all over the world. They’ll learn about safety and surfing on land first, and then they’ll head into the water and have an hour to catch waves. Watch them learn by themselves in a private lesson, or join them in the water for a group lesson. Surfers must be at least five years old.
4400 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260