'Tis the Season to be Surfing! Grab a Zuma Surf & Swim Training Gift Certificate This Holiday

Spread some surfing stoke this holiday season with a surf lesson gift certificate. Gift Certificates can be used at any time during the year, so your special surfer can wait to use it during the summer if they want some warmer water, or they can get out there right away. Santa’s secret...winter can be one of the best times of year to surf in Southern California!

Click the button below to purchase a gift certificate. Thank you and happy holidays!






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We also have gift certificates for
3-lesson surf packages, as well as for those who dig an ocean swim lesson or three!

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Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #5

  • TIP #5 -- Go for the glide to easy drop in by catching that wave early!
  • This is critical for successful drops at beach breaks like Zuma, Santa Monica and Venice.
  • Catch that wave early -- Paddle your ass off. When learning how to surf, what is the most common wipeout? Hint, it is also the most “un-fun” wipeout. That’s right. The “nose-dive.” Aka “pearl”, aka “endo”, aka “face-plant”. So many different names for the same unfortunate demise of the beginning surfer. Yes, it can be caused by being too far forward on the board of course, but more times than not, I see it happen because the person catches the wave too late, right when it is breaking.
  • This wipe-out can be avoided by catching the wave early. Paddle med-fast at first to line up the wave (slight angle the direction you want to go), then right before it gets to you, paddle as hard as you can. This will help you glide into the wave and catch it early. You can get to your feet right as you begin to drop down, which shifts your weight back and angles the nose of your board up. End result, fewer face plants and better waves!

The Culture Trip write-up

  • Fun little write-up about Zuma Surf & Swim on the Culture Trip. Summer is here, time to get out there for some surfing!
  • Read the write-up here...
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Tips for Beginning Surfers, Surf Tip #4

  • TIP #4 -- Go body surfing!
  • Find your inner “waterman”. Or just go swim (preferably with swim fins) in the surf zone. This will help you to feel comfortable getting tossed around by the waves. Eventually you will figure out how not to get tossed around and may even enjoy a good thrashing. Bodysurf the waves. Figure out the timing and how to turn your body into a board and ride the waves to the beach. An old fav, pull into the barrel and throw a peace sign or a “shaka” at your buddy. This is a good workout and will help you to understand wave dynamics. In the end it will pay off with you catching more waves while surfing.
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