There's good reason why Huntington Beach reigns as the official Surf City USA. Our consistent year-round swell coupled with our vibrant deep-rooted surf culture makes our 10-mile coast a surfer's paradise. Each of our five distinct beaches beckons a different level of surfer, from the newbie experiencing the rush of a first paddle-out in calm glistening waters to the seasoned shredder soaking up the stoke by the pier. Bring your board, rent a board, or take a lesson from one of our trusted surf schools, where sessions are tailored to skill level, safety, and fun.

Simply a fan of the sport? Here you score the unique opportunity to watch locals and pros alike in the water. Keep your eyes peeled for local pros Courtney Conlogue, Kanoa Igarashi, and Brett Simpson. Former pro surfer and longtime local Bud Llamas offers a couple quick tips for ensuring a swell time:

1) Check surf conditions before paddling out.

2) Check the direction of the swell. A straight north or south swell means a strong side current that makes surfing next to the pier a bit hazardous, as well as waves that tend to wall up and crash all at once, rather than peak and peel off for good long rides. Northwest or southwest swells are best. "You want that 'west' in there," says Bud. "The 'west' makes the waves more peaky."

Surf Schools

If you want to learn how to surf, Surf City USA is the place to do it. This city is filled with rich surfing history, perfect waves, endless summer weather and professional surfers. Professional surfer Kanoa Igarashi even learned to surf in the waters of Huntington Beach as a toddler. Immerse yourself in the surf culture that defines Huntington Beach and catch a wave during your next visit. Here are a few places to learn how to surf in Surf City USA.

1. Corky Carroll's Surf School 

Corky Carroll's Surf School offers surf camps, private and semi-private lessons. They are open year-round and are located at Bolsa Chica State Beach between lifeguard towers 18 & 19. 

2. WSL Pro: Ted Navarro Hurley Surf Club 

Learn how to surf with a professional surfer in Surf City USA. It is the ultimate surf experience that includes photos and video coverage. You'll learn about the surf culture, surf break and swell that all make up the sport of surfing. 

3. HB Surf School 

The HB Surf School, an official, city-authorized program, has been teaching kids and adults the stoke of surfing since 2007. They are sponsored by Hurley and Huntington Surf & Sport, the HB Surf School is run by former surf pro and surf coach Bill Sharp, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience. They offer private lessons, junior / beginner lessons, adult lessons and camps year round. 

4. Banzai Surf School 

Banzai Surf School is a family run business and one of the few NSSIA accredited surf schools in Huntington Beach. Opened year-round, they provide experienced teachers, surfboards and wetsuits. They are located off of Pacific Coast Highway and Brookhurst Street at Huntington State Beach.  They offer private and group lessons and surf camps during the summer. 

5. Clint Carroll Surf School 

Clint Carroll Surf School offers private and semi-private lessons for all ages, including beginners and intermediate. 

6. Zack's Surf School 

Zack's Surf School is located just steps aways from the Huntington Beach Pier.  They offer private and group lessons with all the surf equipment included. And they let you keep the equipment all day after your lesson! The fun never ends. 

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