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private surf lessons in half moon bay, ca

Private surf lessons are perfect for someone looking to get 1-on-1 help or a group of friends/family that want private surf instruction limited to their own party.

✔️ 1.5 hour lesson held at Surfer’s Beach

✔️ Surfboard & wetsuit included

✔️ 3:1 surfer/instructor ratio (the best in the industry)

✔️ CPR certified instructors

✔️ 200+ 5 Star Reviews on Google, Yelp, & Trip Advisor 

Backed by our 100% Stand Up Guarantee!


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adult man learning to surf at group surf lesson


1 Surfer – Starting at $239

2 Surfers – Starting at $149 pp

3 Surfers – Starting at $139 pp

4 Surfers or more – Starting at $129 pp

What students are saying

200+ 5-Star Reviews from Students on Google, Trip Advisor, & Yelp

Tiffany A.
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"If you are going to take a surf lesson in the San Francisco area, there is only one place to go!"
Jennifer G.
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"I can not recommend Tommy Tsunami Surf School enough! We had a private lesson for the group of 4 of us. Most of us had never surfed before and we were ALL able to catch some waves!"
Mishelle W.
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"Best surf lessons on the coast. I've taken them in Hawaii and Costa Rica. This was far better!!"
Madeline C.
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"5 stars! 2 great, nice guys who are very helpful. They make you feel safe and "at home" in the ocean! Don't second guess it. Go to these guys for lessons!"
Jacky W.
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"Love this school! My friend and I had a great time taking the private lesson which was slightly more pricy than the group class. However it was totally worth it!"
Brad C.
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"Our 10y/o really wanted to try surfing, and he could get his own instructor here. The whole experience was top notch. Our son said his instructor was AWESOME. We got some good photos and video watching from the beach. Would highly recommend if you are looking for your first time surfer."

100% Stoked Guaranteed

At Tommy Tsunami Surf School we pride ourselves in giving a great experience. That’s why we have our “Stand Up Guarantee”. If you are not standing on the board at the end of your surf lesson your next lesson is free! 


Most frequent questions and answers

All lessons are held at Surfer’s Beach in Half Moon Bay. It’s the best “learn to surf” beach in the bay area with friendly waves.

We provide the wetsuit and surfboard so please come already wearing your swimsuit and bring a towel, sunglasses, hat, and a change of clothing. We recommend sunscreen of SPF 50. You will want to stay hydrated at the beach so water and drinks are a must.

Please come 20 minutes before your surf lesson starts. There can be a lot of traffic on the weekends so please leave early as we have a schedule for other lessons and can’t go over time.

All  lessons must be canceled more than 24 hours prior to the lesson. If not you will be charged a $60 late fee per participant.

No-show’s are not eligible for refunds or rescheduling.

A “no-show” is defined as missing a lesson without notice by the lesson start time.

Want a second opinion?

Below are reviews from real Tommy Tsunami customers.

Tiffany T.
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"The customer service is great. These guys are doing their best and worked with me when conditions weren't great in the water."
Jorge R.
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"Great instructors, super easy to find the school. Instructors are local life guards too so they give you a really good sense of security!"
Glyn B.
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"Awesome teachers who had us up standing within the hour. We booked a private lesson for four and had two amazing, patient and knowledgeable surfers to help us. Great work!"
Mary B.
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"So fun!! Both the kids and the grown ups love doing lessons here. The surf camp for the kids is great too. I hightly recommend them!!"
Alex R.
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"We had an awesome time! Pete, Matt and crew really took the time to get us comfortable with the basics. The 1 1/2hr lesson got us plenty of runs on the water. And best of all we all POPPED UP! Thanks Tommy Tsunami 🤙🏽"
Ars A.
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"I paid for a 1:1, I received constant tips and attention. I have been watching tutorials on youtube for ages but nothing compares to the direct feedback of someone who knows how to surf."
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