South Padre Surf Co. Surf Camps are ideal for friends and families that want to have fun TOGETHER, its not just for kids!! Our very popular day surf camp is designed for beginners of all ages, we'll send you home feeling like a stoked surfer!
This is a 1 day camp, held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all summer long from 8am until 11am (you can sign up for as many days as you want!) 8am might be early, but that's when the best surf is, the least crowds, and not too hot. Besides, you get up much earlier than that for school or work...and surfing is WAY more fun!
South Padre Surf Camps are held at Isla Blanca Beach Park near the jetty. (MAP + DIRECTIONS $10 admission to the park, there are showers, restrooms and snackbar nearby). This is the surfing area of South Padre Island, where the best waves break, it is also the best surf in the entire Gulf of Mexico! The bottom is sand, no rocks or reef, and we teach in shallow water where you can stand up if you need to. You do not even need to know how to swim! We regularly teach children as young as 3-5, an incredible confidence builder and introduction to the ocean and the waves, we closely and carefully work with each child to ensure a safe & memorable experience, and adults into their 60's, (nothing like seeing your kids face when you tell them you went SURFING!)
Includes free use of our safe soft surfboards, 3 hours of surfing, paddling, and water safety instruction, and SPSC Surf Camp T-Shirt is available for purchase for $15. We also do our best to take portraits and action surfing photographs of every student. High resolution digital downloads, prints, tshirts and other gear are available for purchase. The camp is geared for beginners of all ages. Camp size is limited and they book quickly so reserve in advance.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
We will meet you on the beach at the south end of the Island at Isla Blanca Park. Be on time! Be sure to arrive at the beach at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. Get changed into your swimwear, sunblock on, stretch and ready to get in the water before your lesson begins. If you are late, unless we are notified your space will be lost to the next scheduled lesson. (MAP + DIRECTIONS) After you enter the park drive past the Dolphin Cove then turn in by the big statue. Park in the small parking lot by the rock jetty, you'll see the beach and jetties. Surf camps are held near the jetty. Look for our red truck with yellow surfboards, or we may be in the water so walk to the water's edge and you'll see the bright surfboards and students and instructors wearing red SPSC rashguards.
WHAT DO I BRING?
We supply the surfboards with leash and rashguards. Bring swimwear, towel, sunblock, slippers, snack and... A BIG SMILE AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!! Students should wear 50SPF waterproof/sweat proof total sunblock, the sun and sand in south Texas is HOT! EVERYONE gets a surfboard, you won't be standing around waiting your turn!
WHAT DO WE LEARN?
We teach you everything you need to know to get started, basic surfing and paddling techniques, board handling skills, surf etiquette, wave knowledge, water safety and rip current info, and more! Nearly everyone is up and riding within their first few waves, our goal is for you to be able to surf on your own by the end of the surf camp.
• Lessons are taught in shallow water, no students are allowed in water deeper than they can stand up.
• Safe Soft Surfboards are used for all lessons, with leashes and soft rubber fins.(The most common injury in surfing is from being struck by a hard surfboard.)
• Rachel and Gene are highly experienced ocean lifeguards, lifelong surfers, ocean rescue certified and CPR certified ocean safety experts, you couldn't be in better hands!
• YOU WILL BE FALLING REPEATEDLY IN SHALLOW WATER, NO DIVING!
• Asthma, allergic reactions, knee, neck or back problems, epilepsy, recent surgeries or heart conditions or any other PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS MUST BE MENTIONED before lessons, you may need your doctor's permission, we can tailor your lesson to fit your personal needs.
• Non-swimmers and small children must wear lifejackets.
**Note to parents**
-Small children generally 8 and under must have one adult with them in the water so bring a swimsuit!
- We do not force children to surf even if you reeeeeeeally want them to, but one look at our kids surfing and they will be running for the water!!
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY LESSON?
Surfing is a pure and healthy high energy physical sport! Paddling out through the waves requires a bit of endurance and lots of energy, a solid breakfast helps! But, even if you are unable to paddle, we will do it for you, and push you into the waves, you can just stand up and enjoy the ride! Practice popping up on your feet from a laying position. Swimming laps in a pool is a great way to get physically conditioned, building arm and upper body strength along with stamina. Weightlifting will prepare and strengthen you. Competitive swimmers are usually very quick learners! Skateboarding helps a lot too. Watch some surf videos and get stoked! Also, check out this
area surf information page.
*NOTE: We welcome anyone, regardless of age, physical ability or disability!
Surf Camps are $80/person. Special Family and Group discounts available for groups of 4 or more. We do not accept credit cards, cash or checks only. Don't forget there is also a $10 parking fee at Isla Blanca Park.
Reservations are required at least 24hrs in advance, Call or text 956-772-7272 8am - 8pm or email South Padre Surf Co.
BE ON TIME!
Be sure to arrive at the beach 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. Get changed into your swimwear, sunblock on, stretch and ready to get in the water before your lesson begins. If you are late, unless we are notified your space will be lost to the next scheduled lesson.
***NO SHOWS AND CANCELLATIONS NOT MADE 24HRS IN ADVANCE WILL BE BILLED 50%!!!***
If you are not going to make it for your scheduled lesson, you must notify us 24 hrs in advance. No shows will also be billed 50%!!